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Yo Sam Choi boxer

Yo Sam Choi image
Status inactive
Age 35
Division light flyweight
Height 5′ 4″/163cm
Debut 1993-07-03
Born 1972-03-01
Death 2008-01-02
Nationality South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
bouts
37
won
32
lost
5
draw
0
bouts
37
won
32
lost
5
draw
0
Status inactive
Age 35
Division light flyweight
Height 5′ 4″/163cm
Debut 1993-07-03
Born 1972-03-01
Death 2008-01-02
Nationality South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea

Choi turned pro in 1993 and won the Lineal and WBC light flyweight titles in 1999 with a decision win over Saman Sorjaturong. He successfully defended the titles three times before losing it to Jorge Arce by a 6th round technical knockout in 2002. In 2003, he lost a decision to Beibis Mendoza for the interim WBA light flyweight title. In 2004, he moved up in weight to take on Lorenzo Parra for the WBA flyweight title and lost a decision.On December 25, 2007, he successfully defended the WBO Intercontinental flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Heri Amol. In the 12th round, Choi was dropped with five seconds remaining, but beat the count and went on to win the fight. He collapsed while still in the ring after the bout and was rushed to the Soonchunhyang University Hospital immediately after the fight in order to undergo emergency brain surgery. Choi was pronounced brain-dead on January 2, 2008, and died on January 3, 2008, when he was removed from a ventilator. LeeSSang made a song dedicated to him in their 5th album called CHAMPION.

Choi turned pro in 1993 and won the Lineal and WBC light flyweight titles in 1999 with a decision win over Saman Sorjaturong. He successfully defended the titles three times before losing it to Jorge Arce by a 6th round technical knockout in 2002. In 2003, he lost a decision to Beibis Mendoza for the interim WBA light flyweight title. In 2004, he moved up in weight to take on Lorenzo Parra for the WBA flyweight title and lost a decision.On December 25, 2007, he successfully defended the WBO Intercontinental flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Heri Amol. In the 12th round, Choi was dropped with five seconds remaining, but beat the count and went on to win the fight. He collapsed while still in the ring after the bout and was rushed to the Soonchunhyang University Hospital immediately after the fight in order to undergo emergency brain surgery. Choi was pronounced brain-dead on January 2, 2008, and died on January 3, 2008, when he was removed from a ventilator. LeeSSang made a song dedicated to him in their 5th album called CHAMPION.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Dec. 25, 2007 Heri Amol WLLLLW Gwangjingu Hall, Seoul World Boxing Organisation Inter-Continental Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 16, 2007 Terdkiat Jandaeng LWLDLL Gwangjingu Hall, Seoul WIN
Unanimous decision
May 24, 2007 Kenichi Onishi WLLDLW Gwangjingu Hall, Seoul WIN
KO
March 4, 2007 Siwagorn Pradabsri LLLLLL Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul WIN
KO
Dec. 30, 2006 Aphidet Khotchum LLLLLL Seoul WIN
KO
June 17, 2005 Aphidet Khotchum LL Sangdong-Naght, Bucheon WIN
KO
Sept. 9, 2004 Lorenzo Parra WWWWWW Changchung Gymnasium, Seoul LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 27, 2004 Federico Catubay WLWDWL Palpal Gymnasium, Seoul LOSS
Split-decision
Nov. 15, 2003 Beibis Mendoza WWLWWL Hongkuk Gymnasium, Yeosu LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 27, 2003 Jin-Ho Kim LLWLLL KyoYuk MunHwa HoeKwan, Seoul WIN
KO
May 30, 2003 Jae-Ho Kim WWWWLL Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul WIN
KO
July 6, 2002 Jorge Arce WWWWWW Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Seoul World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 23, 2002 Shingo Yamaguchi WWWWWW Tokyo Bay NK Hall, Urayasu World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 30, 2001 Saman Sorjaturong WLWWWW Central City Millenium Hall, Seoul World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
June 17, 2000 Suriya Sameechang WWWLWW Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
Oct. 17, 1999 Saman Sorjaturong WWWWWW Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
July 6, 1999 Martin Acevedo LWLWWL Gudeok Gymnasium, Busan WIN
Technical knockout
May 10, 1999 Rolando Baclayo LWWWWL Suwon Gymnasium, Suwon WIN
KO
Aug. 27, 1998 Reggie Palabrica LWWWLL Seongnam Gymnasium, Seongnam OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
April 10, 1998 Jun Arlos LDWWWL Dankook University, Cheonan OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 25, 1997 Nathan Ballerda WWWWWW Moodeung Gymnasium, Gwangju City OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
March 15, 1997 Allan Llanita LWDWDW Yeuchul OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
Dec. 3, 1996 Kenzo Ando LWWLWW Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka vacant OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
Points
June 2, 1996 Allan Llanita DWWWDW Seongnam vacant OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
March 7, 1996 Bong-Jae Baek LL Suwon vacant OPBF Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 24, 1995 SangIk Yang WLWWWL Ansan South Korea Light Flyweight

LOSS
Points
Sept. 23, 1995 Woo-Hee Jang Munhwa Gymnasium, Seoul South Korea Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
July 30, 1995 Jun Arlos WWWWWW Seoul South Korea Light Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 21, 1995 Bruce Espectacion DWLWLL Chuncheon South Korea Light Flyweight

WIN
KO
Jan. 15, 1995 Bert Batawang LWWWWW Jeongeup WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 17, 1994 Sang-Chul Lee WWLWWW Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul WIN
Points
Jan. 14, 1994 Sang-Soo Kim DD Seoul WIN
Points
Jan. 10, 1994 Heung-Won Lee Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul WIN
Points
Nov. 13, 1993 Sang-Chul Lee WLWW Donghae WIN
KO
Sept. 25, 1993 Chul-Ho Chin L Bomunsan Music Hall, Daejeon WIN
Points
July 3, 1993 Tae-Kil Lee LD Education Culture Center, Seoul WIN
Points