IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han made her return to the ring vs Jeri Sitzes at the El Paso County Coliseum in front of a crowd of 2,000 Saturday night.
After almost a two year break from the ring, Han looked to return stronger and quicker than before. At the same time, Sitzes was unable to land shots on the champion throughout the match.
While Sitzes was the aggressor for most of the fight as she continued to move in on Han, she was greeted with a series of jabs and hooks from Han.
Han’s endurance was a non issue, as she utilized the entire ring throughout the fight and mastered up a series of combinations that kept Sitzes at bay. Han showed more power in her punches, which stopped Sitzes’ forward attack.
The contrast in styles was evident, as Sitzes was unable to land most of her punches, while Han was able to evade most of her combination attempts. Sitzes was able to withstand Hans best combinations of the night able to take the match to the full eight rounds.
All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in unanimous decision with Jennifer Han getting the Victory. Han’s record moves to 18-3-1 and Jeri Sitzes falls to 15-11-1
As for what’s next, Han shares that she has her sights set on defending her championship and winning more titles to add to the collection. We will have to wait and see who will be next for El Paso’s Sweetheart.
In the undercard bouts:
Mario Gonzalez defeats vs Sean Hamilton
Joey Saenz defeats Eduardo Simmons
Dwayne Bonds defeats Carlos Villava
Ayanna Vasquez defeats Susana Uribe
Josue Garcia defeats Miguel Gallegos
Gallery by Ruben R. Ramirez & Johnny Yturales – El Paso Herald Post
On Thursday, Golden Eagle Promotion officials announced the return of Jennifer Han to the ring and Professional Boxing to the El Paso County Coliseum.
The boxing card, titled “Fighting for Legacy,” is set for Saturday, February 15th.
The bout will mark the return of El Paso’s own IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han 17-3-1 back into the Ring; where she’ll be taking on Springfield, Missouri’s own Jeri Sue Sitzes (15-10-1) at the 135lb classification.
“I am very excited and honored that I get the privilege to fight here in El Paso to continue my legacy and I am not going to let my community, my family, my friends, my fans down…I want them to be proud of me and to know I’m going to stay as your champion,” Jennifer Han shared.
Also fighting on the card is El Paso’s own Josue Garcia 10-6-0, Tim Meeks 7-3-3, Gabriel Gutierrez 5-8-0 and Zack Prieto 9-1. Making his Professional debut will be Marco Garibay.
Officials also released the ticket prices for the February bout, they are as follows: $100 RINGSIDE, $75 FLOOR $50, $25 RESERVE
Tickets are on sale now at the Coliseum Box Office, online, via phone (915) 533-9899 and also available at Han’s Oriental Martial Arts at 9861 Dyer Street, Stuite 17.
World Champion and El Paso’s Sweetheart Jennifer Han announced a return to the ring during a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Han’s return to boxing will be on February 15th, 2020 at the El Paso County Coliseum. The IBF Champion will fight her next fight in a 131-135 Jr., lightweight division fight, against an unnamed opponent. Golden Eagle Promotions will be promoting the fight.
Our very own Ruben R. Ramirez was there and we bring you his view of the news conference via this gallery.
A local filmmaker’s work on ‘El Paso’s Sweetheart’ and her family is now available for viewing via several streaming services.
Andrew Jara’s documentary “Humble Spirits: A family of fighters” has been released via Video On Demand (VOD) on Amazon Prime, Roku and Vewd through Bounty Films.
‘Humble Spirits: A Family of Fighters’ tells the story of the Han Family, a group of professional and amateur boxers out of El Paso, who have become a staple of the El Paso boxing scene. The story focuses on the Han family, including Jennifer and Abraham Han.
Jennifer Han is currently the IBF featherweight title holder and holds the unofficial title of ‘El Paso’s sweetheart.’
Jara shares that he wanted to tell their story after seeing Jennifer fight in 2012; following the family for two years.
With the help of interviews from boxers, trainers and the Hans themselves, he hopes to tell the story of not just the fighters but the family as well.
The film opened to a sold out crowd at the El Paso Film festival and will now be released worldwide through Bounty Films.
Jara’s previous two films “Borderland” and “The Last Ones” were also released through Bounty films.
On Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center, a crowd of over five thousand fans were treated to a great night of boxing, featuring 10 fights presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
In a Junior Middleweight fight, Las Cruces native and former World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout got a unanimous decision in his eight round fight against Juan De Angel. The judges scored the fight 80-72 and they called it right.
Trout dominated the entire fight, but admitted that it took him some time to get his timing down. But once he did there was nothing that Del Angel could do to hurt Trout. In fact Trout wishes he could’ve fought longer:
“I felt strong, I wish had two more rounds to fight.” But one thing’s for sure, Trout fed off the energy of the fans.
“The people showed up, the energy was crazy, the love was overwhelming and we need need to come back with a bigger, better fight.
Once the Fox Sports cameras started to roll, the fans were treated to a very entertaining Super Middleweight IBF Eliminator fight between Caleb Plant and Porky Medina. Plant looked like he was gonna dominate the fight as he won the early rounds easily but Porky just wouldn’t go down.
The crowd started chanting “Porky, Porky” and by the 5th round Porky started to turn things around. As the T.V. audience saw, the rest of the fight was back and forth but Plant started to take control in the later rounds scoring a unanimous decision by the judges.
The T.V. main event featured former world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander in a welterweight fight and it was as good as advertised. Both fighters gave it their all as they went toe to toe in a twelve round gem.
Clearly, the pro Ortiz crowd didn’t phase Alexander as he took it to Ortiz for the first half of the fight. In the second half, Ortiz gained steam and closed the gap. This was clearly the fight of the night as when the final bell rang, both fighters got a standing ovation from the crowd.
The match was declared a majority draw but I thought that Alexander won the fight. It is what it is, but none-the-less, I’d love to see the rematch.
And I did say the Ortiz-Alexander was the T.V. main event, because the fight that everyone really got excited for was Jennifer Han defending her IBF World Featherweight Title against Lizbeth Crespo. And they left happy, as Han successfully defended her title with a unanimous decision.
With many fans thinking Han would just roll over Crespo, in the post-fight news conference, Han talked about the difficulty of the match, saying “It was a tough fight, it is what it is, but I’m happy that I was able to out box her.”
One of the things that was frustrating for Han was Crespo’s aggressive technique and she was leading with her head a lot:
“I tried to keep her from stopping it, the ref kept calling on me, I’m very good on Lateral moments but I need to keep working on the head.”
And just like the Austin Trout fight, Han fed off the energy of the crowd:
“The crowd was amazing! I’ve never felt so much energy ever in my life and for them to show up at this kind of event, I think it proves that El Paso is a boxing town and they need to bring more events here.”
And speaking of the crowd, to be honest with you, I thought since FOX was televising the matches, it was gonna hurt the attendance but thankfully I was wrong. The crowd was very vocal all night long, clearly they were excited to have big time boxing back in El Paso.
I do have to criticize the promoters, as they failed to mention to the people in attendance that there were still gonna be some matches after the Ortiz-Alexander fight. A lot of people left thinking that was the end of the program not knowing that the Han-Crespo fight hadn’t taken place. Once they did make the announcement, a lot of people had already left.
But in the end, it was a great night of boxing, everyone got their money’s worth, it looked great on T.V. and El Paso fans showed that they are hungry for more events like this.
For the first time ever, El Paso will host a live Boxing event in PRIMETIME on a major network (FOX) when Premier Boxing Champions and Tom Brown Promotions presents—Boxing superstar, actor and Dancing with the Stars alum, “Vicious’’ Victor Ortiz battling Devon Alexander “The Great’’ in the main event.
Featured the co-main event is El Paso’s only world champion ever, Jennifer Han. Han’s World title defense against #1 World Ranked Lizbeth Crespo, originally scheduled for January 27, has officially been moved to the February 17 card to avoid any conflict.
Han vs Crespo will not be televised by the FOX network.
The ten-round showdown between the two former World Welterweight Champions will headline perhaps the biggest Boxing event in El Paso since Oscar De La Hoya’s epic fight in the Sun Bowl in 1998.
The FOX Network and FOX Deportes will televising Ortiz vs Alexander, live in prime time from UTEP’s Don Haskins Center on Saturday, February 17th.
Any fans who purchased tickets for the January 27 event will be given full refunds at the point of purchase. New tickets will need to be purchased for the February 17 PRIMETIME event.
Featured on the undercard is a Super Middleweight showdown between unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweet Hands’’ Plant and Rogelio “Porky’’ Medina. Also on the card, Tony Harrison (25-2, 20 KOs) takes on Jorge Cota (27-2, 24 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight showcase. The remainder of the card is to be announced.
According to promoter Tom Brown, El Paso is in for an exciting night of boxing. “We are thrilled to be bringing the Ortiz vs Alexander event to El Paso,” said Brown. “And even better than that is having an opportunity to showcase El Paso’s own world champion, Jennifer Han in the Co-Main event. The great fight fans of El Paso are in for historic and epic night of Boxing.”
Tickets for PRIMETIME go on sale this Friday, January 12th at the UTEP Ticket Center, TicketMaster outlets, online or by phone at 915-533-9899.
Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs), a former WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION, has split time between boxing and acting throughout his recent career and brings a certain flare every time he steps into the ring. The 30-year-old native of Garden City, Kansas who now lives in Ventura, California, has faced some of the top names in the 147-pound division during his career.
Ortiz won the welterweight title with unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on April 16, 2011. Five months later he lost the title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ortiz, 30, suffered a his only other loss to Andre Berto in 2016 on FOX and bounced back with a knockout victory over Saul Corral in his last fight on July 30 on FS1.
Ortiz has also become well known outside of Boxing as a film actor and contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. His film credits include Expendables 3 and Southpaw.
Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) emerged on the scene with a unanimous decision victory over Randall Bailey for the welterweight title in 2012. He defended the title once before losing it to Shawn Porter in 2013. Since then, the 30-year-old Alexander of St. Louis, Missouri has been on a mission to regain the title. After losing to Amir Khan and Aaron Martinez, Alexander suffered another setback when he sought treatment for an addiction to painkillers. Fully healthy for the first time in three years, Alexander returned to the ring with a unanimous decision victory over Walter Castillo on FS1 on Nov. 21.
Plant (16-0, 10 KOs) won eight of his first nine fights by knockout, demonstrating power in both hands to go along with his boxing abilities. The 25-year-old climbed into the top ten of the 168-pound rankings with his last victory – a unanimous decision over Andrew Hernandez in Las Vegas on Sept. 8. Medina represents a major step up for Plant and will give him an indication of just where the Ashland, Tennessee native stands in the division.
The 29-year-old Medina (38-8, 32 KOs) has squared off against some of the toughest boxers in the division, including current champion David Benavidez and former champions James DeGale and Badou Jack. Fighting out of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico lost by knockout to Benavidez on May 20, and bounced back with a knockout victory over Daniel Eduardo Yocupicio on Sept. 1.
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.
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.”
El Pasoans had to wait well past midnight to see their hometown champion Jennifer Han defend her IBF Featherweight Championship; and after 10 rounds, Han would win by unanimous decision in her third title defense.
Han would retain the title regardless of the outcome inside the ring due to her opponent, Olivia Gerula, not making weight–but that didn’t change Han’s strategy.
“It was very frustrating, because I was worried that this wouldn’t count as a title defense, but I had nothing to worry about, because I did my work, I did what I had to do and made weight,” Han said. “This was a successful defense for me. It is what it is.”
The 33-year old Han, headlining her sixth consecutive bout in El Paso, improved her record to 16-3-1, with one knock out.
“I’m so blessed and i’m so excited about what’s coming next,” Han said. “It’s hard work, but June, July–sometime very soon, big things, big things and hopefully here in El Paso.”
Gerula, 36, would get knocked down in the fifth round, something she preferred to call a slip.
“It was a slip, I’m sorry. A hundred percent, she caught me moving and it just caught me at the right angle–down I went,” Gerula said. “Power is not her thing, she was definitely slick, couldn’t keep her trapped anywhere to hit her. She was very elusive, good fighter.”
After knowing she hadn’t made weight, Gerula had hopes of winning the match to later get a rematch for Han’s featherweight championship. Han added that she knew they had a tough opponent, but also an opponent that was less skilled saying, “Not better than I am.”
“We already knew that she was strong and that she was going to come with those big over hands,” Han said. “She fought exactly how her style is so (trainer) Louie (Burke) gave me the best boxing strategy–movement and try and connect with those good, short jabs.”
The Canadian Gerula, said after the fight that she had never missed weight in 20 years of boxing adding that her scale was giving her lighter weight than the official weigh-in number, missing the mark by just over a pound.
After the fight Han said event coordinator, Lester Bedford, is looking to schedule a bigger promotion for her hoping it will be televised.
While boxing has been a male-dominated sport for centuries, it has been yet another fight for Han to become a top commodity in the sport.
The card featured six bouts, with Han’s listed as last in line. Three of the previous five fights were televised by Univision Deportes, all male fighters, showcasing 34 rounds of boxing as they all went the distance. All but one bout was decided unanimously.
The main event for Univision featured a lightweight bout between Peru’s Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs) and Mexico’s Jose Felix, now 35-2-1, in what turned into an upset as Maicelo knocked down Felix five time en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Despite not having her bout televised, Han was pleased with the turnout at the Don Haskins Center of approximately 3,000.
“It’s special, did you see the crowd today? It was awesome. El Paso came out to support,” Han said. “I hope that I made them proud tonight.”
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer El Paso Herald-Post