It looks like the long wait for El Paso’s Jennifer Han is finally over. Han, El Paso’s first and only world boxing champion, last fought and defended her IBF World Featherweight title on February 17, 2017.
After rehabbing injuries and then dealing with scheduling conflicts and typical boxing politics, it appears that Han will finally get back in the ring this December.
The IBF (International Boxing Federation) announced this week that Han’s promoter, Pandora International, Inc., has won the purse bid for Han’s mandatory world title defense against #1 World Ranked- Lizbeth Crespo (12-3 of Argentina).
Crespo is coming off six straight wins and will most likely be headed to El Paso for a December showdown with Han.
With this being a mandatory defense for Han against the #1 World Ranked contender, the IBF rules state that promoters of the fighters are given an opportunity to work out the associated terms. If they cannot agree on terms, the promoters shall then submit a purse bid to the IBF.
The highest bidder shall have the right to promote the fight and pick the site for the event to take place. The boxers split the purse bid with 75% to the Champion and 25% to the Challenger.
In a nutshell, Hans promoter, Pandora, submitting the highest bid and won the rights to promote the fight.
According to Pandora promoter, Luigi Olcese, he’s pleased to have won today’s bid and now looks forward to getting Han back into the ring. “It’s been a long wait for Jennifer, but now it’s over,” said Olcese. “Winning the bid accomplishes two things. Number one, Jennifer gets back into the ring within 90 days, and secondly, we can dictate the site which will allow us to bring her back to El Paso to defend her title.’
“Our plan is for Jennifer to defend her title against Crespo the first week of December, in El Paso. We aren’t quite ready to announce anything, but should be able to next week.”
For Han, the news couldn’t be better. “I’m really excited to finally get back in the ring and just do what I love – which is fighting in front of the fans of El Paso,” she noted.
“I’ve had a long layoff, but in some ways, I believe it’s been good. The ten months off will have given me lots of time to heal some nagging injuries and start fresh. I believe I will come back even better. I’m pumped up and ready to defend my title at home.”