Back in November IBF Female Super Featherweight champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) announced that terms were agreed for a unification bout between herself unbeaten WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미]. Other than stating the bout was in Korea in February no specifics were revealed by the French power puncher.
Last week however the KBA, who will oversee the bout, announced the specifics for the contest.
The bout will take place on February 22nd at the at the Gwangmyeong Gymnasium in Gwangmyeong. The bout will be promoted by Bumjin promotions and, at the moment, no other bouts have been confirmed for the bout. Likewise no broadcaster has been confirmed.
The bout will unify two of the major female titles at 130lbs and potentially lead the winner to other big bouts. Delfine Persoon is the current WBA "interim" champion, and would likely love a shot at the winner, whilst rising American Mikaela Mayer is in the same division, as is Britain's Terri Harper, and both of those women will be looking at the winner of this bout as a potential future foe.
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As for Hamadouche, who is real danger woman, this will be her first bout outside of Europe and her first bout outside of France since a 2015 loss to Delfine Persoon in Belgium, in a bout at Lightweight.
We expect to see Korean sources reporting more on this bout shortly, and it is a huge one for female boxing, the two fighters, and Korean boxing. It is something the sport needs more of and both fighters should be applauded for getting the bout made.
Tomorrow we'll see Hyun Mi Choi (16-0-1, 4) [최현미] make her 7th defense of the WBA female Super Featherweight title, as she takes on Japanese challenger Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子] in Incheon.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both of the fighters came in under the 130lb divisional weight limit.
On the scales the defending champion was 130lbs, hitting the scales at the maximum allowed. She looked in great shape and seemed very confident of continuing her reign, and her unbeaten record. The challenger on the other hand was slightly under the limit, coming in at 129.63lbs, and seemed relaxed for what is, by far, the biggest fight of her career.
If Fujiwara can pick up the win, at the age of 38, she'll put her self on the map even at such ad adavanced age. She is however a big under-dog againce Choi, who famously won the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut back in 2008 as a teenager.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on Korea sports channel MBC Sports+, from 3PM local time,
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After weeks of hearing that unbeaten Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi (16-0-1, 4) [최현미] was in talks to defend her title in late June we can now confirm all the details of her bout, including the date, location and opponent.
The unbeaten WBA female Super Featherweight champion will be making her 7th defense of the title on June 29th in Incheon, at the Dongin Women's Junior High School, and will be up against Japanese challenger Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子].
Choi, a refugee from North Korea who as fought in South Korea for her entire professional career, is best known for winning a world title on debut and is enjoying a reign in her second division, having began her career at Featherweight. Sadly, given her talent, she is frustratingly inactive, with just 8 fights in the last 5 years, including just a single bout in 2018. She's got star potential, but the KBA, for whom she fights under, simply don't put on enough shows to keep her busy.
Fujiwara on the other hand is a former JBC and OPBF unified champion at Featherweight, who vacated the Japanese title earlier this year to continue her OPBF reign. She's talented, and is riding a 8 fight unbeaten run, though this is a major step for her and isn't just her first world title bout but also her first bout outside of Japan.
We've been told that along with this main event there will also be a KBA title fight on the show in the chief support bout, though we've not been given the full details of that bout at the time of writing.
We all know that July 15th will be a huge day for Asian boxing, with a massively anticipated Malaysian card taking place as Manny Pacquiao challenges Lucas Matthysse for the WBA Welterweight title. It's worth noting however not all the attention will be in Malaysia as there has recenmtly been a Korean show announced, which will be headlined by the unbeaten Hyun Mi Choi (15-0-1, 4) [최현미] defending the WBA female Super Featherweight title against Argentinian challenger Mayra Alejandra Gomez (18-7, 4), herself a former WBO "interim" Bantamweight champion.
The Korean has an incredible back story as she defected from North Korea and claimed the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut before being completely mislead by her management team, and then fighting on to become a 2-weight champion. Aged 27 Choi is lacking in terms of major wins, but does hold notable victories against the likes of Shannon O'Connell, Fujin Raiska, Diana Ayala and Kimika Miyoshi. She'll know that there are potentially huge fights out there if she moves up in weight against but doesn't look like she's in a rush, insteadthis will be her 6th defense of the world title and she will continue to build her reputation in Korea.
As for Gomez, 30, the bout will see her looking to claim her first professional world title. As mentioned she has had a short reign as a WBO interim world champion at Bantamweight, but has come up short in bouts for world titles at Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Super Featherweight. Despite coming up short in her biggest bouts, Gomez has shared the ring with the likes of Carolina Raquel Duer, Jackie Nava and Eva Wahlstrom..
This bout, like many of Choi's other recent bouts, will be aired on KBS N Sports in Korea, and will be held under the auspices of the KBA. Coming into this bout she is the only Korean world champion and will be hoping to continue her reign.
The card will also feature Ji Hyun Park (22-3, 6) taking on Filipino Norj Guro (11-7-1, 4) for the WBF International title at 105lbs.
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