Hyun Mi Choi Makes Easy Work of Outclassed Simone Aparecida da Silva
When it comes to women’s boxing, undisputed women’s 154-pound champion Claressa Shields and undisputed world lightweight champion Katie Taylor engulf much of the attention. It’s understandable as both women are highly accomplished and terrific fighters. However, when it comes to pure longevity, that distinction belongs to WBA women’s world junior lightweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1, 5 KOs). The 30-year-old from Pyongyang, North Korea is currently the longest-reigning world champion in the sport. She’s held the title since May of 2014.
On September 18, she stepped into the ring to make the ninth defense of that title against Simone Aparecida da Silva (17-17, 6 KOs) at Dong-Du Cheon City in Seoul, South Korea. Nicknamed the “Defector Girl Boxer”, Choi had her way throughout, scoring two knockdowns en route to a ninth-round knockout win. It was her first stoppage win since December of 2015. Following her victory over da Silva, the defending champ took to her social media and thanked her supporters.
While successfully dominantly defending her title, there is some cause for concern. Da Silva’s record was suspect, at best. Her last win came two years ago down at 122 pounds. According to the boxing source, Asian Boxing, the Brazilian challenger fought timidly and looked like she didn’t belong in the ring with Choi.
When Choi signed with Matchroom Promotions in November of 2020, she had dreams of becoming a unified champion at 130 pounds. She was set to fight WBC women’s world junior lightweight champion Terri Harper in May of 2021. Unfortunately, Harper had to withdraw from the bout due to an injured hand.
Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn has deeply invested in lady’s boxing. So, look for Choi’s next bout to be in the United States. The hope is that a match between Choi and Harper can be rescheduled and take place at some point in 2022.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.