Born on June 12, 1979, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Noriko Kariya is a professional boxer. She grew up playing hockey, which was largely influenced by her two brothers who also played the sport. Kariya moved to the states when she was 18 to study at the University of Maine and played for the women’s hockey team in school. She also boxed to keep herself in shape. This eventually led to her decision to pursue boxing professionally. Kariya later moved to New Jersey, New Jersey and started training with Mike Skowronski and Teddy Cruz, both of whom worked with Arturo Gatti. With an amateur record of nine wins and loss, Kariya moved to the professional ranks on May 29, 2005 by facing off with Cindy Christian in Quebec, wining the bout after four rounds. She debuted abroad with her next fight, defeating Camille Casson in New Jersey with a four round decision. She later defeated Maria Contreras on January 28, 2006 in Atlantic City. In May of that year she faced her toughest bout yet, this time against Amanda Knight in New York who was also an undefeated fighter. Her latest victory in a match was on April 30, 2008 against Jessica Mohs at the River Rock Casino, Canada. She lost her latest match to Ava Knight on July 31 of the same year in New Year. The match ended in a draw after four rounds. Her current record stands at 13 round boxed, at 9 wins with 2 KOs, 3 losses and 1 draw.