Yesterday Richard Damerell, writing for Sky Sports, reported on the future of the future of the Female Super Featherweight division, and the on going attempts to get all 4 world champions to unify their titles.
In that article were quotes from Stefy Bull, the manager and trainer of WBC champion Teri Harper (11-0-1, 6) ,explaining where they were at, and it appears that Harper's next bout will be one of 3 planned unification bouts for the division.
According to Bull's quotes a bout has been agreed with Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4) [최현미], with bull explaining:
"We did agree terms for the WBA champion Choi. As far as we believe, we have got the unification with Choi who is a very good champion."
It should be noted however that former Harper foe Natasha Jonas (9-1-1, 7) may be looking to throw a spanner in to the works and try to get the WBC to order a mandatory between herself and Harper, following their thrilling 2020 draw.
If the bout between Choi and Harper goes ahead it will be one of three unification bouts planned for the division, with IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche (22-1, 18) said to be in talks with WBO champion Mikaela Mayer (14-0, 5). If both bouts go ahead the plan will be for the champions to clash in the future.
Of course, and as we all know, plans in boxing rarely go ahead in the way every one hopes, and we wouldn't be surprised if there is at least one or two stumbles on the way to an undisputed champion here. However we do like the plan and there does seem to be a genuine effort from Eddie Hearn, who promotes 3 of the 4 fighters, of getting this all sorted.
Tomorrow we're expecting to see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] make her international debut and defend her world title against 32 year old Colombian challenger Calista Silgado (19-11-3, 14). However it's unclear, at the moment, if the bout will be going ahead as first planned with Silgado failing to make weight earlier today, and no update regarding her situation being confirmed since.
A few hours ago both women took part in their weigh in.
The first fighter to step on the scales was Silgado who missed the limit by well over a full 1lb, coming in at 131.4lbs. Whilst she was wearing, shorts and a mask it still way about the limit, and as Ray Flores said "She is over". Sadly since her weigh in there has been no update on whether she has re-weighed, or whether the bout has been cancelled.
It should be noted that Silgado took this bout on very, very short notice, only being confirmed as an opponent about a week ago, and we suspect that those behind the bout knew she was going to miss weight for the bout. And would have come to an agreement for her to have the bout as a non-title bout, though we'll admit we're making assumptions here.
Choi, who has been preparing for a bout tomorrow for weeks, came in and hit the 130lb limit with no issues at all. She stripped down to her underwear and looked in fantastic condition at 130lbs. She looked great and sounded very confident after the weigh in, whilst speaking with Todd Grisham.
Given Choi's comments after the weigh in we get the feeling she also expected Silgado to miss weight, and was going to compete in the bout regardless of Silgado's weight faux pas.
For those wanting to watch this match up it will be shown on DAZN tomorrow as part of a card that also features Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] defending his IBF and IBO Middleweight titles against Polish challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5).
Related - WBA champ Hyun Mi Choi makes US debut as she takes on Calista Silgado!
On Friday in the US we'll see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] make her international debut, as she takes on 32 year old Colombian challenger Calista Silgado (19-11-3, 14) in Florida, as part of a DAZN card from Matchroom USA. The bout isn't a great one on paper, and it's unlikely to be the coming out part that Choi would have wanted on her international debut. Despite that it's still nice to see Choi outside of Korea.
Interestingly the bout has been priced up by bookies and Choi is, rather unsurprisingly, a clear betting favourite, with the best price available on her to win being 1/18. An almost pointless price. As for Silgado she can be backed at 10/1, a huge price in a world title fight. The draw is widely available at 25/1.
Given the almost complete lack of value on a Choi win the method of victory market is an interesting one. Choi is expected to win by decision, with odds of 1/3 on that outcome. The odds of a Choi stoppage are a much larger 3/1. As for Silgado backers, she it 16/1 to win by KO/TKO or DQ and a massive 25/1 to win by decision, the same odds as a draw!!
As neither woman is expected to score a stoppage it won't come as a surprise to learn the bout is expected to go long. The total rounds market has been set at 8.5 rounds, with the over priced at 2/11 and the under priced at 7/2. The odds on the bout to go the distance tell a similar story, with the bout 3/10 to go 10 completed rounds and 11/4 to finish early.
For those looking for a flutter this weekend this is probably not the best bout out there, but still, it is nice to see Choi set to make her US debut after all this years of making a name for heserlf back home in South Korea.
Related - WBA champ Hyun Mi Choi makes US debut as she takes on Calista Silgado!
Earlier today Boxrec.com listed parts of the under-card for the recently announced IBF Middleweight title bout between Kazakh great Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] and Polish challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5). Among those now lined up for the under-card is unbeaten WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미].
Choi, signed with Matchroom earlier this year, had stated that she was going to be defending her title in December in the UK, though it now appears that those plans have changed to the point where Choi will instead be in action in Florida on December 18th.
At the time of writing she hasn't had her opponent named, though the bout is expected to see Choi making her 8th defense of her WBA title.
The 30 year old Korean fighter has one of the sports most amazing modern day stories. She picked up the sport in North Korea as a youngster, when officials saw him being much bigger than other girls the same age, and the hope was that she would represent the Hermit Kingdom at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That plan fell apart when the IOC decided not to have women's boxing at the 2008 games, and it also fellow apart when Choi and her family defected from North Korea to the South, to set up a new life.
After a successful amateur boxing career Choi turned professional in 2008 and made history, claiming the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut. She would defend that title 7 times before moving up in weight and claiming the interim WBA Super Featherweight title, and then be upgraded to the full champion. She has since defended that belt 7 times.
Notably all of her bouts, to date, have taken place in South Korea so her position on the Florida card isn't just her US debut but also her international debut.
As well as Choi the under-card to Golovkin's next bout will also feature rising Kazakh power puncher Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12) [Али Ахмедов], who is expected to fight in a 12 rounder. As with Choi we have not yet had an opponent named for Akhmedov.
Earlier this week we reported that WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] would be heading to the UK to fight in December, and today we got more news regarding the unbeaten Korean!
That news is that Choi has become the latest fighter to join the Matchroom ranks, with a multi-fight promotional deal deal.
The talented Choi, who was and born in North Korea though escaped the country with her family as a youngster and settled in South Korea, has had one of the most intriguing stories of any fighter. Not only did she defect from North Korea, but she also won a world title on her professional debut, at the age of 17! She then went on to become a 2-weight in 2014 and has, already fought in 17 world title bouts.
Sadly Choi has struggled to secure big bouts in South Korea, and at one point turned to crowd funding. She was also one of the many fighters who had to cancel a big bout due to the on going global situation, with Choi originally scheduled to face IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) in February. As a result she's not fought since June 2019 and has fought just twice since the start of 2018.
Thankfully with Matchroom now behind her, and their big push for female boxing, we expect to see Choi being in the ring shortly, with her team suggesting 18th or 19th of December, and then competing in unification bouts in the new year.
For those wanting to see Choi's world title winning debut, that can be seen below thanks to the KBM.
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