Noriko Ann Koriya is a professional female boxer who hails from Canada. She was born on June 12, 1979 at Vancouver in British Columbia. She was first a hockey enthusiast growing up before anything else, as influenced by her brothers. Said brothers; Steve, Martin and Paul Kariya would all eventually become professional hockey players.
The boxer moved to the United States at the age of 18 in order to receive her education from the University of Maine. She was part of the women’s field hockey team during her time at the institution. She only initially joined the local KO Boxing Gym in an attempt to keep herself in shape.
Her debut in the bantamweight category came on May 29, 2005 where she beat Cindy Christian via a four-round decision at Quebec. Her second bout was against Camille Casson at New Jersey on August 19, 2005. Kariya would go on to win that bout as well before defeating Maria Contreras in January 2006.
The Canadian faced a stiff test from Amanda Knight in her next bout with her opponent undefeated in a short bantamweight career. That match would end in a draw after four rounds. On December 13, 2007, Kariya would beat Salina Jordan through a refereeing decision in the third round at the Roseland Ballroom.
Her last victory had come on April 30, 2008 beating Jessica Mons in Canada. Kariya’s last fight had been on July 31, 2008 which she unfortunately lost to Ava Knight. Kariya has featured in a total of 13 bouts. She has won on nine occasions with two of those wins coming via knock-outs. She has been defeated thrice and has featured in one drawn match.