Viviane Obenauf has spent her boxing career facing the best competition in her weight division, although now in a legal battle of her life.
The former two-division challenger was arrested and remains in Swiss police custody as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of her 61-year-old husband, who has been identified only as “Thomas” due to Swiss protection laws. In a shocking development first reported by the Daily Sun, Obenauf’s husband was found dead earlier this fall as a result of “grievously wounded by blunt instruments” according to a police report, a copy of which has been obtained by BoxingScene.com.
Obeneauf – who was arrested earlier this week – remains the prime suspect, accused of beating her husband to death in their apartment in Interlaken, Sweden.
Swiss authorities have searched the apartment and gym belonging to Obenauf, 34, who was born in Brazil before moving to Switzerland.
The astonishing news comes more than a year after Obenauf called it a career following a 10-round defeat to Briton Terri Harper last November in Manchester, England.
Obenauf – who once represented her native Brazil at the Olympics as a gymnast – retired with a record 14-6 (9KO) before marrying Thomas last January in Switzerland. His post-fight career included stints in the food and beverage industry before opening his own gym.
Obenauf’s husband owns a restaurant, Des Aples in Interlaken which has remained closed since his death.
A report published from Blick, a Swiss newspaper, revealed that Obenauf had been arrested before and was also involved in other domestic disputes. The former competitor was arrested at a London nightclub after punching a male protector in retaliation for alleged groping during his 30th birthday celebrations in October 2016. Obenauf was finally released.
The same publication also quoted Obenauf’s ex-girlfriend who accused the former boxer of having a history of violence. Her ex-boyfriend – a weight lifter at the time they were dating – claimed that a drunken dispute between the two resulted in him being hit four or five times and he slapping her, though failing to determine or confirm the sequence of events.
Attempts to have Obenauf arrested and punished at that time ended shortly after his mother’s death.
During his career, Obenauf fought anyone in the junior light and light division. Her biggest feat came in August 2018 when she knocked out the stunning 4th round of the 2012 Olympics and then undefeated Natasha Jonas, who has since been a 130 pound contender. The feat came after suffering defeats to Katie Taylor – at the time in her second pro bout and before becoming lightweight queen – and Ewa Brodnicka before the Polish boxer became world champion.
Obenauf fell short of the December 2018 title bid versus the still-ruling IBF 130 pound titlist, Maiva Hamadouche, as well as a bout with Harper and Chantelle Cameron with the IBO title at stake on both occasions.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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