Last Updated on 1 Jul 2021 6:58 pm (UK Time)
Super Featherweight Champion Britain’s Terri Harper (11-0) will Unify her WBC and IBO 130-Pound Strap with fellow unbeaten WBA Titleholder South Korea’s Hyun Choi (18-0) on May 15 in the Sky Sports Fight Night Headliner.
Harper-Choi will take place in the UK with no fans and is expected to be the last UK Matchroom show with no fans till crowds return on May 17 (4,000 for Outdoor events and 1,000 maximum for indoor events).
Terri Harper vs Hyun Choi: WBA, WBC Super Featherweight Title Unification
Terri Harper Came up on the small-hall circuit in Doncaster and Sheffield where she had to sell tickets to Box. Trainer and Manager Steffy Bull saw something very special in her and invested a lot of time and money as a result. She had her big breakthrough when she boxed on her Idol – Katie Taylor’s undercard at the Manchester Arena in November 2019 convincingly beating Viviane Obenauf.
Harper then landed her first major world title fight as chief support to Kell Brook in Sheffield where she put on a masterclass to dominate Finland’s, Eva Wahlstrom. Harper Headlined on Sky Sports for the first time against Natasha Jonas in Week 2 of Fight Camp with a fight of the year contender draw where many thought she should have lost her belt.
Terri Harper picked up a hand injury in her latest outing against mandatory challenger Kathrina Thanderz who she stopped in the final round on the all-women’s World Title Tripleheader on Sky Sports Free-to-air which was watched by over 2 Million in the UK. As a result, she has had to sit out till May 15 but now returns in a big unification fight.
Hyun Choi (18-0) is a two-weight world champion who boxed for the WBA World Featherweight title on her debut. She is the longest-reigning world champion in Female Boxing having held a title since 2008 on her debut. She won the Interim Super Featherweight title in 2013 and was elevated soon after, making 9 title defences to date.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing Signed Hyun Choi with the sole purpose of having her unify her title with their champion Terri Harper. As part of the deal, they boxed her in a voluntary title defence on the Golovkin Szeremeta Undercard in December against Calisto Silgado (19-11).
The winner of the Terri Harper-Hyun Choi Unification is expected to unify the titles again in their next fight either against Italian Maiva Hamadouche who is also represented by Matchroom or Mikaela Mayer who is expected to defend her title in June.
Harper Choi Undercard Bouts and Information
Rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi (13-0) fights an unnamed opponent in the Co-main event. He was supposed to headline the card in a tougher challenge but a change of trainers to Virgil Hunter means that he will have another ‘easier fight’ than a world level test.
On the Harper Choi Undercard, Lerrone ‘Sniper the Boss’ Richards (14-0) will contest Italian Giovanni De Carolis (28-9) for the vacant European Super Middleweight Title. Richards previously won the Commonwealth title against Tommy Langford and the vacant British against Lennox Clarke. He now moves on to European title level.
Additionally, Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy (17-2) will make the first defence of his European Cruiserweight Title against Romania’s Alexander Jur (19-4). McCarthy claimed the European crown with a Unanimous Decision win over Belgian Bilal Laggoune on the undercard of the Usyk Chisora Sky Sports Box Office Card.
A win here would set him up with a big fight in the summer which could include a European, Commonwealth and Vacant British Title affair with Bournameth’s Chris Billam-Smith at Fight Camp.
European Super Bantamweight Champion Gamal Yafai (18-1) makes a voluntary defence of his newly won title against Jason Cunningham (28-6). Yafai won the strap in Italy in December against Lucas Rigoldi. Additionally, Yafai has British and Commonwealth Champion Brad Foster (14-0) as his European title mandatory.
Unbeaten Prospect Sheffield’s Dalton Smith (7-0) fights Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard (16-5) for the vacant English Super Lightweight title. This is Smith’s toughest test to date and the first time he is challenging for a title. Smith is considered one of the best prospects fighting out of the United Kingdom.
By Darshan Desai
Terri Harper vs Hyun Choi: Sky Sports and DAZN; May 15