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IPA France brand-new World Champion in Boxing

Maiva Hamadouche

Dated 23-12-2016

On 10 November 2016, IPA France member and national French boxing champion Maïva Hamadouche, was crowned IBF World Champion in the super featherweight category, after an exceptionally intense 10-round fight against the American champion Jennifer Salinas. The tension had already been palpable the day before during the weigh-in, and the fight turned out as expected: rough and pitiless. Maïva’s victory was final and conclusive: 97/93; 97/93; 98/92. Her American opponent had previously experienced 23 professional fights with 130 rounds, resulting in 19 victories, and 22% knockouts. Maïva, on the other hand, has only been a professional boxer since 2013. Her ascent in the boxing world, however, has been explosive: French national champion in 2014, double EBU European champion in 2015, Vice World Champion in 2016, after winning the professional WBC silver belt in the lightweight category. 14 fights and 70 rounds have resulted in an amazing 73 knockouts. She was defeated only once in October 2015 by the WBC World Champion Delfine Persoon, a Belgium boxer. Paradoxically, it is this brave defeat which was to enable her to be truly appreciated on an international level. Very respectful, at the end of a difficult fight, Persoon introduced her young opponent as the next WBC World Champion. Maïva is a full-time police officer working in the CSI (Compagnie de Sécurisation et d’Intervention) in Paris, which specialises in the intervention of urban violence and the fight against delinquency. This special unit played an important part during the devastating terrorist attacks which occurred in Paris in 2015. Despite working fulltime, Maïva trains several hours each day. She is, however, granted special leave when preparing for important fights. Maïva is a police officer not only in her job, but also in the ring, and is proudly displaying a non-permanent tattoo on her right shoulder, depicting the badge of her unit. She has been a member of the IPA since 2014. You can congratulate Maïva on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/maiva.hamadouche

Jean Marc Riss, IPA France

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