Choi Hyun-Mi (Korean최현미; born November 7, 1990) is a South Korean female professional boxer. She is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA female super-featherweight title since 2014 and previously the WBA female featherweight title from 2008 to 2013.[2]

Choi Hyun-Mi
Statistics
Nickname(s)Defector Girl Boxer[1]
Weight(s)Super-featherweight
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Nationality
  • South Korean (since 2004)
  • North Korean (until 2004)
Born (1990-11-07) November 7, 1990 (age 29)
Pyongyang, North Korea
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights18
Wins17
Wins by KO4
Losses0
Draws1

At age 18 Choi was asked to prepare to compete in the 2008 Olympics as a member of the North Korean team; eventually the International Olympic Committee decided against including women's boxing in the competition.[3] In 2004 her father, a successful businessman in North Korea, fled the country, followed by his family, who traveled first through China, then were smuggled through Vietnam before settling in South Korea, where Choi's promoters advertised her as the "Defector Girl Boxer".[3]

Professional careerEdit

Choi entered the amateur ranks in South Korea in 2006, winning 5 domestic titles before turning professional in 2007.[3] On October 11, 2008, Choi won the vacant women's featherweight championship of the World Boxing Association by beating Xu Chun Yan of China.[3]

On January 23 and 30, 2010, Choi featured in episodes of the popular Korean variety show Infinity Challenge where she successfully defended her WBA Featherweight Women's title against Tenku Tsubasa.

On May 10, 2014, Choi won the women's super featherweight championship of the World Boxing Association by beating Keanpetch Superchamps of Thailand.[4]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
18 fights 17 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 13 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
19 N/A N/A   Maïva Hamadouche N/A – (10) Feb 22, 2020   Gwangmyeong Gymnasium, Gwangmyeong, South Korea Defending WBA female super-featherweight title;
For IBF female super-featherweight title
18 Win 17–0–1   Wakako Fujiwara UD 10 Jun 29, 2019   East Incheon Middleschool, Incheon, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
17 Win 16–0–1   Mayra Alejandra Gomez UD 10 Jul 15, 2018   Prince Hotel, Daegu, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
16 Win 15–0–1   Jessica Gonzalez TD 6 (10) Nov 18, 2017   Seoun Park Tennis Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
15 Win 14–0–1   Kimika Miyoshi UD 10 Apr 15, 2017   Siheung Gymnasium, Siheung, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
14 Win 13–0–1   Unathi Myekeni UD 10 May 16, 2016   Pearl Gymnasium, Jinju, South Korea Won vacant WBF female super-featherweight title
13 Win 12–0–1   Diana Ayala UD 10 Mar 27, 2016   Gwangmyeong Cave, Gwangmyeong, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
12 Win 11–0–1   Siriwan Thongmanit KO 3 (10) Dec 6, 2015   Seogu Public Sports Center, Daegu, South Korea
11 Win 10–0–1   Chika Mizutani UD 10 May 23, 2015   Mungyung Gymnasium, Mungyeong, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
10 Win 9–0–1   Keanpetch Superchamps TKO 8 (10) May 10, 2014   National Univ. of Technology, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBA female super-featherweight title
9 Win 8–0–1   Emiko Raika UD 10 Aug 15, 2013   Wolmido, Incheon, South Korea Won WBA interim female super-featherweight title
8 Win 7–0–1   Shannon O'Connell UD 10 May 5, 2013   KBS Sports World, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
7 Win 6–0–1   Rocio Castillo UD 10 May 4, 2012   KBS Sports World, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
6 Win 5–0–1   Sainumdoi Superchamps TKO 5 (10), 1:19 Dec 17, 2011   National Univ. of Technology, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
5 Win 4–0–1   Sandy Tsagouris KO 3 (10), 1:39 Apr 29, 2011   Chungeui Temple, Yesan Gun, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
4 Win 3–0–1   Claudia Andrea Lopez SD 10 Apr 30, 2010   Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
3 Win 2–0–1   Tenku Tsubasa UD 10 Nov 21, 2009   Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
2 Draw 1–0–1   Hyo-Min Kim SD 10 May 30, 2009   National Univ. of Technology, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBA female featherweight title
1 Win 1–0   Xu Chun Yan UD 10 Oct 11, 2008   Gymnasium, Jinan Gun, South Korea Won vacant WBA female featherweight title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hyun-Mi Choi Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  2. ^ "BoxRec: Hyun Mi Choi". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "New York Times, 10-26-08". New York Times.com. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  4. ^ "Interview: Super Featherweight World Champion, Boxer Choi Hyon-Mi - New Focus International". 26 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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