Noriko Ann Koriya is a professional female boxer who hails from Canada.
She was born on June 12, 1979 at Vancouver in British Columbia. Her youth was largely spent as a hockey enthusiast with her brothers playing hockey as well. Steve, Martin and Paul Kariya would all become professional hockey players later in their lives.
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 joined the local KO Boxing Gym in an attempt to keep herself in shape.
Initially, the time that she spent at the gym bothered its regular patrons. Since boxing is a predominantly male-dominated sport, the patrons at the KO Boxing Gym were not used to having a woman train next to them. Although Kariya did feel unwelcome at the gym, she fell in love with the sport following her first ever sparring session. The thought of taking up a career in boxing occurred soon afterwards.
As a youngster, Kariya had difficulties convincing her family about her choice of career. However, she found encouragement from her brother, Paul.
She relocated to New Jersey soon after where she started training with Mike Skowronski and Teddy Cruz. Both trainers had previously worked with Arturo Gatti, another professional boxer.
Kariya featured in 10 amateur bouts in her career. She won nine of those contests while losing once. Her debut in the bantamweight category came on May 29, 2005 when 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. Here is some footage from her match against Dawn Reynolds on October 18, 2007. 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 when she beat Jessica Mons in Canada. Kariya’s last fight had been on July 31, 2008 and she was beaten by Ava Knight on the occasion.
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.