25 June 2019 - 10h33
The Monegasque boxer shines in Minsk in Belarus, where the 2019 European Games are currently being played. After beating Belgian Nabil Messaoudi last night, he won his ticket to the quarter-finals where he will face the current titleholder, Pat McCormack, tomorrow.
Engaged in the -69kg category, Hugo Micallef secured a first unanimous victory in front of the five judges against the Slovak Tomas Zold last Saturday. Even if at the end of the fight, the result was two cut open eyebrow arches for the Monegasque. Last night he won in the round of sixteen after a tougher battle against Belgian Nabil Messaoudi. Indeed, in the first round, when sending a straight right, Hugo Micallef dislocated his shoulder. Although he continued to box despite the pain, the complications did not stop there, since the young man also cut open his skull. But that didn’t stop him from winning the fight, with his mind strength. “I don’t know how he ended the fight with a dislocated shoulder, it was really hard, the two boxers ended up bleeding”, said Andréi Micallef, the boxer’s father. Tomorrow night, he is preparing to face another fighter, the British Pat McCormack, who won the gold medals at the last European Games in Valladolid in 2018 and the Commonwealth Games the same year. “Honestly, I don’t know yet what’s going to be decided, maybe the doctor won’t allow him to fight under these conditions. Today, he has a completely closed eye. Also, he needs to have an MRI scan”, says Andréi Micallef with concern. Nevertheless, Hugo Micallef does not want to clear off and always comes forward for battles that matters. For that matter, his father relays his words: “If there is a chance to qualify for the semi-final, I must seize it”. Decision should be made during the day or tomorrow morning at the weigh-in.
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