Branislav Malinovic W10 Mickael Lacombe ... Middleweight Branislav Malinovic from Bosnia & Herzegovina scored the biggest victory of his career on Saturday, November 11th in Montceau-Les-Mines, France. The 28 year-old Malinovic edged local hero Mickael Lacombe by split decision after ten hard rounds. The fight started at a high pace with both boxers trading, toe-to-toe, but Malinovic soon found out that he had most success boxing off the back-foot as Lacombe charged forward. The visitor was especially effective with his work to the body, while Lacombe slipped most of the head-shots and fired back with some hard hooks, even hurting Malinovic on a couple of occasions.
Malinovic was clearly the busier man and clearly out-worked Lacombe, and it was rewarded by judges Bruno Dubois and Hugues Hellebaut who saw him as the winner by 97-93 and 97-94 scores. Judge Marc Lemiere had Lacombe ahead by 96-94. Malinovic improved his professional record to 18-9-2 whike Lacombe, age 37, drops to 13-8-1.