Earlier this week we reported that the unification bout between WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] and IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) was going to be rescheduled from February 22nd due to the Coronavirus. Now it's been revealed that two other boxing events have been postponed due to the illness.
One of those was the planned February 16th card that KBM were planning in Seoul. This card was going to be headlined by Tae Sun Kim (5-1-1, 2) [김태선] and Dong Kwan Lee (12-2-2, 5) [이동관] and has been delayed indefinitely.
The other was the planned "Rookie to Rocky" card that the KBF were planning for February 23rd. This card, like the KBM one, has been delayed with no new date announced as of yet.
Interesting the KBA, who were overseeing the Choi Vs Hamadouche bout, have announced that tickets that have been purchased will still be valid for the bout when it's rescheduled, and have made it clear that the bout has not been cancelled, just postponed. They have also announced that if fans want they can request a full refund. Likewise under-card fighters have been told they can cancel bouts set for the new date, when announced, if they wish.
Earlier today we were informed that the planned unification bout between WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4) [최현미] and IBF Female champion Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17) will not being going ahead on February 22nd as previously planned.
The bout has been delayed due to the spread of Coronavirus in Asia, with the two teams expected to try and find a date later in the year for the bout to take place.
Given the bout was just less than 3 weeks away we see this very much as a safety first issue from those involved in the event, who have taken the right decision to cancel the planned date this far out.
Whilst it might seem like a rash decision it is worth noting that earlier today the Korean Ministry of Education postponed the reopening of over 340 schools in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus through the country. This is down, in part, due to the high number of Chinese students studying in Korea, with over 44% of all foreign students in Korea being Chinese, many of whom would have returned home over the month long winter break that Korean schools have.
At the moment more than 110 students and school officials are in self imposed isolation. The country also has 15 confirmed cases of the virus, with over 900 people having come into contact with those who have been infected.
Starting from Tuesday, tomorrow, South Korea will also put a temporary ban on foreigners who have visitor Hubei, banning them for the next 14 days, and everyone has come in contact with an infected person will need to be in quarantine for 2-weeks.
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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