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Terri Harper and Hyun-Mi Choi clash in huge unification bout with Joshua Buatsi returning on same show

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Terri Harper will put her WBC and IBO super-featherweight world titles on the line against undefeated WBA world champion Hyun-Mi Choi at the AO Arena in Manchester on May 15th, on a show that will be screened in multiple DAZN regions. Harper (11-0-1, 6 KOs) looked sensational as she stopped Norway's Katharina Thanderz in nine rounds to retain her WBC and IBO 130lbs crowns last time out in November. 
  
Harper clung onto her belts after a thrilling draw with Natasha Jonas at Matchroom Fight Camp back in August, but the 24-year-old produced a far more composed performance to ruthlessly halt her mandatory challenger Thanderz in just her 12th fight.  
  
Choi (18-0-1, 4 KOs), the longest-reigning world ruler in women’s boxing, beat China’s Chunyan Xu on her professional debut in October 2008 to claim the vacant WBA featherweight crown before making seven defences of her world title in the following five years.  
  
The South Korean became a two-weight world champion when she landed the WBA super-featherweight title against Thailand’s Siriwan Thongmanit in May 2014, and most recently defended it against Calista Silgado on her Matchroom debut at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 
  
“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,” said Harper. “I’m looking forward to the step-up and fighting an undefeated champion. 
  
“Choi is the longest-reigning female World Champion and it will be an honour to share the ring with her. 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.” 
  
"I have waited a very long time for the opportunity to fight for the WBC belt," said Choi. "I am so excited and looking forward to it. My goal has been to unify my weight division for many years and now the time has finally come. 
 
"I know this fight in England will not be easy. Fighting in another country is extremely difficult but I am prepared for this adventure and challenge. I truly hope the best fighter will win. I have prepared for this opportunity my whole boxing career." 
  
Croydon’s Joshua Buatsi (13-0, 11 KOs) came through the toughest test of his career as he stopped brave Croatian Marko Calic in seven brutal rounds to retain his WBA International light-heavyweight title in the main event at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes last October. 
 
Undefeated super-middleweight talent Lerrone Richards (14-0, 3 KOs), the former British and Commonwealth champion, steps up his pursuit for world honours as he takes on Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (28-9-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant EBU European title. 
  
Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy (17-2, 18 KOs) captured the vacant EBU European cruiserweight title after a hard-fought majority decision victory over Bilal Laggoune – he makes the first defence of his belt against Romania’s Alexandru Jur (19-4, 7 KOs). 
  
Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai (18-1, 10 KOs) puts his EBU European super-bantamweight title on the line for the first time against Jason Cunningham (28-6, 6 KOs) after claiming it with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Italy’s Luca Rigoldi at the Allianz Cloud in Milan. 
  
Fast-rising super-lightweight star Dalton Smith (7-0, 6 KOs) meets Doncaster’s Lee Appleyard (16-5-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant English title after their February clash fell through at short notice due two positive COVID tests in Appleyard’s camp.

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