Born in North Korea though living in South Korea as a defector with her family, Choi has had one of boxing's most remarkable stories in recent years. Her and her family ran away from Pyongyang when she was just a teenager. She followed up her fight for freedom by winning for the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut, aged just 17. A remarkable achievement and what we believe is an historic feat.
Choi would defend her Featherweight title 7 times before moving up a weight last year and claiming the WBA interim Super Featherweight title. Since then the interim tag has been removed and Choi has been recognised as the only WBA Super Featherweight champion.
Her defence on May 10th will apparently see her defending her title against Thailand's Thongmanit Siriwan (0-1) who last fought in 2008 as a Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight. We won't pretend it's a good fight but we do support Choi and wish her the best after the life she has had, she is a genuine inspiration and the sort of boxer that, we think, we should all be supporting.
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