FILE: “I really can’t believe it happened,” said a baffled Han. “I’ve been teaching classes for several years and never had an injury. Somehow I sprained my left ankle and eventually it began to swell…
World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han, of El Paso, suffered an ankle injury late last week and as a result, has forced promoters to reschedule her title defense against #1 World Ranked contender, Lizbeth Crespo. The bout was originally set for December 1, 2017 at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Han says the injury was a freak accident while teaching one of her martial arts classes. “I really can’t believe it happened,” said a baffled Han. “I’ve been teaching classes for several years and never had an injury. Somehow I sprained my left ankle and eventually it began to swell. It knew it was pretty bad, but was hoping I could somehow fight on December 1st. It became obvious quickly we would have to delay it.”
Once doctors determined that Han would be available to fight in late January, her promoter, Luigi Olcese of Pandora International, moved to reschedule the event and settled on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The 7-bout event, will begin at 7:00.
According to Olcese, he and the Han team had no choice but to reschedule the event. “We’re very disappointed to have to reschedule, but there is no way Jennifer (Han) can fight on December 1st,” noted her New Jersey base promoter.
“It was a decision made basically by the doctor, who instructed her to lay off the ankle for the next 2-3 weeks before resuming her workouts. So after discussing with Jennifer and her trainer, Louie Burke, we knew that meant no fight on December 1st and we would have to now go in late January.”
Ticket prices for the rescheduled event will remain the same- $100, $60, $40 & $25, plus ticket service fees and will go ON-SALE– FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st at the UTEP Box Office and all TicketMaster Outlets, including online at TicketMaster.com.
For those who purchased tickets for the originally scheduled event on December 1st, you can get a full refund by returning the tickets to the location which they purchased the tickets. New tickets will have to be purchased for the January 27th event.