Maiva Hamadouche: “I Hereby Announce The Retirement Of My Career”

Hamadouche Hangs Up the Gloves Over Eye Injury

Maiva Hamadouche enters retirement
Maiva Hamadouche | credit: Twitter

Maiva Hamadouche Officially Enters Retirement Due to Eye Injury

Former IBF women’s junior lightweight champion Maiva “El Veneno” Hamadouche (22-2, 18 KOs) has decided to make the move from active to retired boxer. The 33-year-old resident of Paris, France announced her retirement on social media, explaining that she’s hanging up the gloves due to complications from an eye injury.

Maiva Hamadouche announces her retirement


Hamadouche captured the IBF title in December 2018 with a fifth-round stoppage win over Viviane Obenauf. After successfully defending the belt twice, the Frenchwoman lost the title by unanimous decision in a unification showdown against then-WBO champion Mikaela Mayer in November 2021.

El Veneno had been inactive since the fight against Mayer. But Hamadouche had made mention that she was ready to return to the ring.

In April 2023, Hamadouche went to social media and called for a fight against reigning undisputed champion Alycia Baumgardner. But it’s clear that Hamadouche has had a change of heart. Her announcement to call it a day is a surprise to many boxing enthusiasts.

Hamadouche will go down as one of the better junior lightweights of the last decade. Her battle against Mayer was one of the best fights of 2021. A police officer when not boxing, Hamadouche was a warrior in and out of the ring. We at wish success in her future endeavors.

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