Choi Yo-sam (Korean최요삼; March 1, 1972 – January 3, 2008) was a Korean world boxing champion. He was born in Jeongeup, Jeollabukdo, South Korea.

Choi Yo-sam
Choi Yo-sam.jpg
Weight(s)Light flyweight
NationalitySouth Korea South Korean
BornMarch 1, 1972
Jeongeup, Jeollabukdo, South Korea
DiedJanuary 3, 2008(2008-01-03) (aged 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Boxing record
Total fights37
Wins by KO19
No contests0
Choi Yo-sam
Revised RomanizationChoe Yo-sam
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Yo-sam
Birth name
Revised RomanizationChoe Yo-sam
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Yo-sam

Pro careerEdit

Choi turned pro in 1993 and won the Lineal and WBC light flyweight titles in 1999 with a decision win over Saman Sorjaturong.[1] He successfully defended the titles three times before losing it to Jorge Arce by a 6th round technical knockout in 2002. In 2003, he lost a decision to Beibis Mendoza for the interim WBA light flyweight title. In 2004, he moved up in weight to take on Lorenzo Parra for the WBA flyweight title and lost a decision.


On December 25, 2007, he successfully defended the WBO Intercontinental flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Heri Amol. In the 12th round, Choi was dropped with five seconds remaining, but beat the count and went on to win the fight (with fighter saved by bell rule). He collapsed while still in the ring after the bout and was rushed to the Soonchunhyang University Hospital immediately after the fight in order to undergo emergency brain surgery. Choi was pronounced brain-dead on January 2, 2008, and died on January 3, 2008, when he was removed from a ventilator. LeeSSang made a song dedicated to him in their 5th album called CHAMPION.[2]

His organs were donated to six patients with approval from his family. This action led the South Korean Government to award Choi with a medal.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Choi Yo-sam - Lineal Jr. Flyweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ "Choi Yo-sam officially declared dead". Sports Illustrated. 2008-01-03. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  3. ^ "South Korean boxer Choi Yo Sam declared dead". Retrieved 2015-07-19.

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Preceded by Lineal Light Flyweight Champion
October 17, 1999 – July 6, 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by WBC Light Flyweight Champion
October 17, 1999 – July 6, 2002
Succeeded by