North Korean defector becomes star female boxer
Move over Ronda Rousey, there’s a new female star in the world of combat sports but this girl comes from a very different background than most.
10-0 pro boxer, Choi Hyun-mi, defected from North Korea along with her family in 2004 to South Korea and is now seen as the country’s next big thing in sports.
Much like Ronda Rousey was in her prime; Choi is known for being both tough yet still feminine which seems to be the formula for popularity for female fighters.
Known by her nickname of ‘Defector Boxer Girl’ as well as having a heavy right hand, Choi won the vacant WBA Female Featherweight title in her very first pro fight after an amateur career where she went 17-1.
Choi would go on to defend that WBA featherweight title seven times before going up in weight where she won the super featherweight title too, which she has since defended 3 times, the last of which being in May of 2015.
While her past in North Korea is a big part of her image, Choi wants to be known more for her boxing skills. “I don’t mind that nickname. It’s true that I defected from North Korea, so it’s okay. But I want to be known for my boxing more than the fact that I defected from North Korea.”
ABOUT CHOI HYUNMI:
Choi Hyun-Mi (born November 7, 1990, in Pyongyang, North Korea) is a South Korean female boxer fighting in the Super Featherweight division, and a World Boxing Association champion.
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, they were smuggled through Vietnam before settling in South Korea, where Choi’s promoters advertised her as the “Defector Girl Boxer”. [Source: Wiki]