Maiva Hamadouche: I Knew That Without A Knockout It Would Be Hard To Win


    The all action slugfest that took place last Friday between Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche had the boxing world talking for many different reasons.

    The first reason was the fight itself. In ten two-minute rounds there were over a thousand punches thrown. There are a lot of men’s fights that don’t even get half of that with twelve three-minute rounds. The two women threw everything including the kitchen sink at each other and not one of them touched the canvas.

    It was the type of fight women’s boxing needed to further push itself towards equality amongst boxing fans and promoters. It was not a chess match even though there was strategy involved but it will provide a spotlight for the next set of women that will grace the ring on television.

    The other reason that the fight was talked about a lot was the shitty judging. Surprise, surprise.

    As a visiting fighter you can expect the deck to be stacked against you 99.9% of the time. The fight between Mayer and Hamadouche was a close one and there were several rounds that could have gone either way but the judges may have had their scorecards filled out way before the fight took place or they were not paying attention. On the other hand it’s easy not to see what’s going on when your head is shoved so far up your ass.

    Hamadouche knew judging might be an issue. Boxing fans knew it as there was shitty scoring on the undercard as well. That being said it does not define Hamadouche in any way.

    “In the fight I knew that without a knockout it would be difficult to win,” stated Hamadouche via Twitter. “The score doesn’t reflect the fight in any way. Just know that I don’t regret everything I’ve done and if I had to do it again I would not hesitate. The challenge gives one meaning to my career.”

    Eddie Hearn said it could have easily happened the other way around had they fought over in Europe and it’s a global problem. It is an issue that has to be addressed and judges need to be held accountable for their mistakes whether deliberate or not.