November 7, 1990 |
Pyongyang, North Korea
|Wins by KO||2|
At age 13 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 the 23rd and 30 January, 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.
Professional boxing record
|8 Wins (2 knockouts, 5 decisions), 0 Losses, 1 Draw, 0 No Contests|
|Win||25-7-1||Fujin Raika||UD||10||2013-08-15||Wolmido, Incheon, South Korea||Won the WBA Female Super featherweight title.|
|Win||7-0-1||Shannon O'Connell||UD||10||2013-05-05||KBS Sports World, Seoul, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title.|
|Win||6-0-1||Rocio Castillo||UD||10||2012-05-04||KBS Sports World, Seoul, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title.|
|Win||5-0-1||Sainumdoi Superchamps||TKO||5 (10), 1:19||2011-12-17||National Univ. of Technology, Seoul, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title.|
|Win||4-0-1||Sandy Tsagouris||KO||3 (10), 1:39||2011-04-29||Chungeui Temple, Yesan Gun, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title. Tsagouris down twice in round 3.|
|Win||3-0-1||Claudia Andrea Lopez||SD||10||2010-04-30||Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title.|
|Win||2-0-1||Tenku Tsubasa||UD||10||2009-11-21||Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title. Tsubasa down in round 2.|
|Draw||1-0-1||Hyo-Min Kim||SD||10||2009-05-30||National Univ. of Technology, Seoul, South Korea||Retained the WBA Female Featherweight title.|
|Win||1-0-0||Xu Chun Yan||UD||10||2008-10-11||Gymnasium, Jinan Gun, South Korea||Won the vacant WBA Female Featherweight title.|
- 'Defector Girl Boxer' supports family with her fists, The New York Times, Asia Pacific, October 23, 2008
- Fury of Girl’s Fists Lifts Up North Korean Refugee Family, The New York Times, Asia Pacific, October 26, 2008
- The Korea Times, 10-12-2008
- Choi Hyun-mi: From N.Korea to Boxing Glory , The Chosun Ilbo, December 29, 2009