Choi Hyun-Mi (Korean: 최현미; 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.
|Nickname(s)||Defector Girl Boxer|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Born||November 7, 1990|
Pyongyang, North Korea
|Wins by KO||4|
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. 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".
Choi entered the amateur ranks in South Korea in 2006, winning 5 domestic titles before turning professional in 2007. On October 11, 2008, Choi won the vacant women's featherweight championship of the World Boxing Association by beating Xu Chun Yan of China.
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.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|18 fights||17 wins||0 losses|
|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|
- "Hyun-Mi Choi Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
- "BoxRec: Hyun Mi Choi". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
- "New York Times, 10-26-08". New York Times.com. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
- "Interview: Super Featherweight World Champion, Boxer Choi Hyon-Mi - New Focus International". 26 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.