Over the weekend it was revealed that the planned bout between WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1, 5) [최현미] and unbeaten Japanese novice Aka Ringo (3-0, 2) [中井麻美], which was scheduled for August 15th.
The reason for the bout being cancelled is unclear, though sources have revealed it was "due to circumstances regarding the champion". This could mean that Choi was unable to make weight, something we tend to feel is unlikely to be the cause given she has often stayed in great shape between fights, or a financial issue regarding the promoter, something that seems more likely given her team have often struggled to make ends meet financially and has been used to explain her lack of activity since winning the Super Featherweight title.
At the moment it's unclear what Choi will be doing next, however Ringo has immediately been pencilled in for a different fight, this time with Ringo taking on Bo Mi Re Shin (12-1-3, 6) [신보미레] on September 4th for the WBC International Women's Super Featherweight title.
Yesterday it was announced that WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1, 5) [최현미] would be returning to the ring on August 15th, to defend her title against unbeaten Japanese novice Aka Ringo (3-0, 2) [中井麻美], the current WBO Asia Pacific female Bantamweight champion.
The 31 year old Korean won the title back in 2013 and has recorded 9 title defenses, including one in the US. She had planned to face British fighter Terri Harper in a world title unification bout last year, with Harper then holding the WBC title, before Harper had to pull out with injury and subsequently lost the title to Alycia Baumgardner. Sicne that bout fell though she's become the forgotten woman at 130lbs, with Matchroom seemingly forgetting that they had signed her, and she's only fought Simone da Silva since her Matchroom debut in 2020.
Although a long term champion Choi's reign has been a huge frustrating and disappointing one, and she's missed out on pretty much all the top names in and around 130lbs. She's failed to meet any of the other champions or top contenders and her reign has certainly not been one to remember, despite it's length.
As for Ringo the 27 year old Japanese fighter debuted last year, when she defeated fellow debutant Mika Yagio. Her most recent bout saw her stopping veteran Yuko Henzan for the WBO Asia Pacific title at 118lbs, but amazingly she'll be jumping up 3 weight classes for this bout, which is inexplicable and a further example of Choi's title defenses not being particularly interesting. Since turning professional Ringo has had just 11 professional rounds to her name, and this bout will be just over 16 months from her debut.
The bout, which will be staged in Seoul, will be shown live in South Korea on MBN
Earlier today WBC and IBO female Super Featherweight champion champion Teri Harper (11-0-1, 6) announced that she has had to pull out of her scheduled May 15th bout with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4) [최현미] after refracturing her hand:
Harper fractured her hand last time out, when she stopped Katharina Thanderz back in November, and it seemed like things were fine following the injury. Sadly however it appears she had again done damage to the same hand.
We want to wish Harper a speedy recovery, though do worry a little bit about her long term career. Recurring hand injuries can become a genuine plague for fighters, as seen by the recurring injuries suffered by Joe Calzaghe and the lengthy breaks that saw Naoya Inoue have his rise to stardom delayed. Fingers crossed this is just a freak recurrence for Harper, and not a sign that her career is going to be plagued by on going issues.
As for Choi, we really hope that either this bout can be re-arranged for later in the year, or that she manages to get a worth while bout before the end of 2021, as she is certainly not getting any younger and has been horribly inactive in recent years, fighting just 3 times since the start of 2018.
After weeks of rumours it was confirmed earlier today that WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4) [최현미] would be defending her title against WBC and IBO champion Teri Harper (11-0-1, 6) on May 15th at the AO Arena in Manchester.
The bout, which was said to have been agreed way back in December, is seen as one of the key steps towards having a unified champion at 130lbs, with Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche holding the other two main titles.
For Choi the bout will be her first in Europe, and her second outside of Korea, as she looks to build on a success American debut last year, against the limited Calista Silgado, in what was a less than impressive performance. The bout will also see her continuing to defend a title she won more than half a decade ago.
As for Harper the bout will serve as her 3rd defense of the WBC title and her 5th defense of the IBO title. it also comes on the back of a brilliant win in November against Katharina Thanderz
The bout, which will headline a Matchroom card on May 15th is set to be one of 5 title bouts on a card stacked with silverware.
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.
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