Terri Harper to Face Hyun-Mi Choi in a Women’s Junior Lightweight Unification Bout
Matchroom Boxing announced they will stage a women’s junior lightweight unification match between WBC women’s 130-pound champion Terri Harper (11-0-1, 6 KOs), and WBA Women’s Junior Lightweight champion Hyun-Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4 KOs). The ladies will put their titles on the line on May 15 at the AO Arena in Manchester, England, and the fight will air live on DAZN.
The promotional company has invested heavily in women’s boxing. Harper v Choi is step one of what they hope is establishing a women’s undisputed world champion at 130 pounds.
CHAMP VERSUS CHAMP
Harper came into prominence when she beat Eva Wahlstrom to capture the WBC belt in February of 2020. She has gone on to make two successful defenses of the title. In her last bout, she dominated Katharina Thanderz on the way to a 9th round TKO.
The 24-year-old from Denaby Main, Yorkshire, United Kingdom is looking forward to what will be the biggest fight of career.
“It’s exciting that our dream of becoming undisputed super featherweight world champion is taking a step closer to reality with my first unification fight. I’m looking forward to the step-up and fighting an undefeated champion.
I’m more than ready. I’ve been training for this fight since the new year, even with my broken hand.
I don’t just want to win; I want to win in style and make a statement.”
She is facing Hyun-Mi Choi, who is the longest-reigning world champion in all of boxing, man or woman. The 30-year-old resident of Seoul, South Korea won the vacant WBA belt in her professional debut in October of 2008. Signing with Matchroom, she is just as hungry and relishes the opportunity.
On paper, this is an excellent matchup. What we have here are two women who are boxers, but are not afraid to bite down and go to war. It also speaks to their willingness to put it all on the line. Anytime you have competitors that actively seek out the best in their division, it is always a positive for the sport.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.