Not many fighters win world titles on debut, in fact as far as we're aware only one has, North Korean Hyun Mi Choi (12-0-1, 4) [최현미]. This weekend Choi returns to the ring to defend her WBA female Super Featherweight title as she takes on South African challenger Unathi Myekeni (10-2-1, 4), in a bout that will see the winner also claim the WBF title.
Choi, for those unaware, took part in a massive battle as a teenager, well before she turned professional. That battle was the battle to escape North Korea and since then she has been a South Korean based fighter. Despite battling to have some freedom in her life Choi seemed happy to continue to fight and has made her name as one of the sports most talented female fighters, winning a title on debut and becoming a 2-weight champion in her early 20's.
In the ring Choi is a tall and rangy fighter who uses good technical boxing, a high level of energy and a lot of drive to to out boxing and out work opponents. So far she has come through pretty much every bout with ease, barring a draw in her second professional bout when her team failed to help her even get to the fight on time. She perhaps lacks power but is physically strong, fast and very well schooled.
Whilst we have seen plenty of, and been impressed by, Choi the same cannot be said of Myekeni. The challenger has got some footage out there, albeit much less than there is of Choi, and does look like she could be a handful at the lower weights. Notably however she has typically been fighting at 122lbs, not 130, and has never fought outside of South Africa before.
Whilst the challenger has never fought outside of South Africa she has faced some notable opponents during her 13 fight career. They include Hungarian Renata Szebeledi, who Mykeni beat, and Gabisile Tshabalala, who narrowly beat Myekeni.
From what we have seen of Mykeni she looks “made to order” for Choi. She's a tough and strong fighter but a rather basic one and one that should be easily out boxed by the talented Korean, who we think will be too good, too big and too fast.
Here we preview the key female title bouts involving an Asian fighter.