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Han Set for December Title Defense in El Paso

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.”

Hundreds of Kids Helped by HACEP’s Back to School Fair

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) hosted its 7th annual “Back-to-School Fair” today benefitting over 500 children from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.

HACEP transformed their Central Office parking lot, on the corner of East Paisano Drive and Cortez Road, into a fair celebrating the quickly approaching 2016 school year.

The Fair featured the distribution of backpacks filled with the essential school supplies (valued at $30 each) and included over 15 exhibitors from various El Paso businesses and community organizations.

IMG_0206For the past six years, HACEP has positively impacted over 2,000 children and their families by providing the tools necessary to help them be successful in the classroom.

Children from ages 6 – 11 years old received backpacks that included notebooks, crayons, pencils, rulers, markers, scissors, and folders.

Two lucky families even went home with laptop computers, a new entry on the list of school supplies, which will help close the digital divide.

 

These supplies help offset the cost to families earning an average of $12K-$15K a year as the beginning of a school year can leave a dent in anyone’s wallet.

Hundreds of little faces lit up with delight as they picked out their favorite color backpack, and picked up other new “treasures” at the fair. IMG_0153The parents were excited too, as well as relieved, knowing that this opportunity will make the start out the school year less challenging.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report, students who attend school equipped with the needed school supplies have a better chance of achieving excellence in the classroom. Their confidence soars, classroom behavior improves, and grades go up.

“Today, we were able to go beyond providing safe and sanitary homes to our families,” said Lorena Rivera, Director of the HCV Program. “This is due to the tremendous support we received from our community partners, whose participation is key to the success of this event.”

The HCV Back-to-School Fair was made possible by a generous grant from the Wilma D. Moleen Foundation and supported by various local community partners and volunteers: Chase Bank, Rio Bravo Title, El Paso’s National IBF Featherweight World Champion Jennifer Han, City of El Paso Public Health Department, Smile Magic, Star Medical Group, Chamizal National Memorial, 2-1-1 Texas, El Paso Zoo, El Paso Library, Big Boy Concessions, Craze, the Food Truck Association, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, UTEP, EP Fitness, Fresh on Mondays and the HACEP Community Services Smoke-Free Initiative Team.

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