According to the KBA website there is a date set for Hyun Mi Choi (13-0-1, 4) [최현미] to return to the ring to defend her WBA female Super Featherweight title. The Korean defector, who was raised in the North before being smuggled to South Korea as a teenager, is scheduled to defend her WBA title on April 15th at the Siheung Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do.
The champion will be making the 4th defense of her title and will be taking on Japanese challenger Kimika Miyoshi (13-9-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳], who was last seen suffering a decision loss to former Choi foe Shannon O'Connell.
The Korean hasn't defended the title since March 2016, though has since claimed the WBF title, with many in Korea putting the focus on the lack of funding for boxing in Korea as the reason for her not defending the title more often. Despite the lack of activity the champion has been a notable success in regards to defectors from the North and is a 2-weight champion, having claimed her first title on her debut.
As for Miyoshi she's a 3-weight OPBF champion, having won titles at Bantamweight, Super Featherweight and Featherweight, and has previously challenged for a world title, at Bantamweight. At 33 years old she's a veteran, but she has improved with age and is a long way from being the fighter who was 3-5-1 (2) after her first 9 bouts.
Boxing in Korea is small game, in fact it's been struggling for so long that it's amazing to see the small growth we've had in recent times. Sadly due to the small interest in the sport in Korea right now fighters have limited opportunties for fights and pay days.
Earlier this month we saw WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (13-0-1, 4) [최현미] make her on going struggles obvious as she looked towards crowd funding to help finance her career.
The unbeaten 2-weight champion is the only Korean fighter to currently hold a "Big 4" world title but is still struggling to get the money she needs to pay her way in the sport.
The talented Korean, originally from the North but now based in South Korea, has set a target of ₩15,000,000, of which she has gained about 2% of at the moment. Whilst the target might look large it's around $13,000 or £10,700, a small number compared to what world champions can make in the West.
For those wanting to support the "Defector Girl Boxer" her crowd funding page can be found here.
This past weekend Korean fans saw local star Hyun Mi Choi (13-0-1, 4) [최현미] continue her unbeaten run as she added the WBF female Super Featherweight title to her collection of titles, which included WBA crowns at both 126 and 130lbs.
The Korean, originally from Pyongyang though now based in the South, was the star attraction of a KBA show and successfully over-came South African fighter Unathi Myekeni (10-3-1, 4), who proved her toughness but was out boxed by the Korean.
The bout, which was aired on Korean TV, saw Choi claim a clear decision win with cards of 100-91, 99-92 and 98-93.
Interestingly the bout was originally advertised as a WBA title bout but it appears that only the WBF title, which was previously vacant, was on the line.
(Image courtesy of http://www.kungiin.co.kr)
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi (12-0-1, 4) [최현미] would be back in the ring in May to defend her WBA female Super Featherweight title, for the 4th time.
The news we received was that the Korean “Defector Girl Boxer”, who fights under the KBA banner, would be back in the ring on May 21st to face South African challenger Unathi Myekeni (10-2-1, 4) at the Pearl Gymnasium in Jinju.
For Choi the bout will be her 13th world title bout, following a title win on her debut, and see her look to continue her reign at 130lbs. It will also be her second bout this year following a wide win over Diana Ayala, in March.
As for Myekeni the bout sees her climbing from Super Bantamweight to Super Featherweight. Last time out “Showtime” lost a very narrow decision to Gabisile Tshabalala in a bout for the WBF Super Bantamweight crown. Notably this will be her first bout outside of South Africa and her first at 130lbs.
At the moment details on the over-all card are limited but we're expecting details in the near future, as well as the show's poster
Recently it was announced that unbeaten WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (11-0-1, 4) [최현미] will return to action on March 27th to make the next defense of her title.
The talented Korean, a refugee originally from Pyongyang, made a name for herself as a teenager, winning the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut. Since then she has become a 2-weight world champion and holds an incredible 10-0-1 (3) record in world title fights. In fact her only non-world title bout was her most recent, a stay busy win over Keanpetch Superchamps, who had previously challenged the Korean in a world title contest.
Choi's return to the ring will see her face off against the experienced, but limited, Diana Ayala (19-11-4, 13), from Colombia.
The 35 year old Ayala is a multi-time title challenger, in fact she has fought in 9 "world" or "interim" title bouts. Sadly for her however she has a reputation as a game loser and is yet to claim a win in a bout at world level. Through her 34 fight career, which dates back to 2007, she has been willing to travel and has fought across Latin America though has never claimed a win outside of her native Colombia.
For fans of Choi, who really does have one of the best stories in boxing, the bout is set to be televised on SPOTV, according to the KBA, however we have to assume that the bout will be very difficult to hunt down for those outside of Korea. For those who haven't seen Choi in action, we've included he last defense below, a win over Japan's Chika Mizutani
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