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Monster’s Musings: Great Night of Boxing in El Paso

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.

***H-P Complete Coverage – Story in Many Pics: Han, Trout and Premier Boxing Champions in El Paso

Story in Many Pics: Han, Trout and Premier Boxing Champions in El Paso

Championship Boxing returned to El Paso Saturday night with a full card of 10 matches – including Sun City favorites Jennifer Han and Austin Trout.

Jennifer successfully defended her title against Lizbeth Crespo, while ‘No Doubt’ Trout got a unanimous decision in his eight round fight against Juan De Angel

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was ringside all night and brings your his views of their fights in this Story in Many Pics.

***H-P Complete Coverage: Monster’s Musings: Great Night of Boxing in El Paso

Jennifer Han

Story in Many Pics + Video: Championship Boxing News Conference, Workouts

It’s been a busy week in boxing, as the boxers get ready for the upcoming fight night at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday.

Our complete coverage of the championship fights will feature pieces by Daniel L. Ornelas, Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina and photo coverage by Ace Acosta.

Here is Ace’s view of this week’s workouts and Thursday’s news conference via this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

 

FOX To Televise Primetime Boxing Card from El Paso; Han Scheduled to Fight

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.

 

VICTOR ORTIZ

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.

 

DEVON ALEXANDER

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.

 

CALEB PLANT

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.

 

ROGELIO MEDINA

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.

 

Injury Forces Promoters to Reschedule Han vs Crespo Fight

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.

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.”

Gallery+Story: Unanimous! Han Retains Belt in 10 Round Decision at Haskins Center

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

Story in Many Pics: Media Day for Upcoming Han/Gerula Title Bout

With El Paso’s Sweetheart Jennifer Han set to defend her title against Oliva Gerula on Friday, both boxers had an open workout day for media at Wolves Den Boxing Gym.

Our own Photographic Champion of the World Ace Acosta was there, and brings you this story in many pics.

IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han posing for a photo with players from the El Paso Rhinos at the  Media day at Wolves Den Boxing Gym in El Paso, Texas February 14, 2017
IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han posing for a photo with players from the El Paso Rhinos at the Media day at Wolves Den Boxing Gym in El Paso, Texas February 14, 2017
IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han workout session at the  Media day at Wolves Den Boxing Gym in El Paso, Texas February 14, 2017
IBF World Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han workout session at the Media day at Wolves Den Boxing Gym in El Paso, Texas February 14, 2017

‘Dynamic Duo’ of Han, Felix to Headline Top Rank Boxing Card at Haskins Center in February

Boxing’s Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank Boxing return to El Paso on Friday, February 17th when El Paso’s World Featherweight Champion, Jennifer Han and rising Mexican Star Jose Felix headline a nationally televised card at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.

Han will be making the third defense of her IBF World Featherweight title when she takes on challenger and former World Champion, Olivia Gerula (18-16-2, Winnepeg, Canada). Gerula, the former WBC World Super Featherweight Champion, will be fighting her 8th world title fight.

Han captured the crown on September 19, 2015 when she defeated Helen Joseph. She twice defended her title in 2016, the last being October 15th against Liliana Martinez.

All three of Han’s world championship bouts have been in El Paso.

As for her next challenger, Han is taking the same approach as she always does- take on all comers. “For me, I just take the next one in line and know that I have the belt that they want,” noted Han.

Han adds, “When you’re the champion, you know that everyone is coming with their best shot and make the most of their opportunity to be a champion. For most, it can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. But my opponent here, Olivia Gerula, she’s a former World Featherweight Champion and knows what it’s like to be at the top. She’s hungry to get her title back, but I believe I’m hungrier to keep the one that belongs not just me, but the fans of El Paso.”

The #3 World Ranked Felix, 35-1-3, of Los Mochos, Mexico, will battle Peru’s Jonathon Maicelo, 24-2, in a Special Attraction 10-Round Lightweight bout.

Top Rank, regarded as Boxing’s biggest promoter, has brought El Paso its biggest Boxing events over the past twenty years, most notably the Sun Bowl extravaganzas featuring Oscar De La Hoya (1998) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2012). DYNAMIC DUO will be their first event in the Sun City since Chavez Jr. defeated Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl on June 16, 2012.

For Arum, Top Rank’s return to El Paso is always around the corner. “We’re always looking for an opportunity to return to El Paso- one of the great fight towns in America.” said Arum, from his Las Vegas offices.

“This event on February 17 is an opportunity for fans in El Paso to enjoy a terrific card. Not only do they get to witness the Dynamic Duo of their exciting world champion, Jennifer Han and one of Mexico’s emerging stars on the world stage, Jose Felix. And the icing on the cake is all the top prospects and future champions they will see in action,” Arum added.

The five-bout undercard will feature several undefeated Top Rank prospects, including an Olympian and two sons of former World Champions.

Esquiva Falcao (14-0, Brazil), the explosive 2012 Olympian, faces Tony Jeter (20-5-1, Columbia, Maryland in an 8-Round Middleweight bout.

Jesse James Leija, Jr. (3-0, San Antonio), the son of former 2-Time world champion, Jesse James Leija, is slated for 4-Rounds in the Jr. Welterweight division.

Arturo Marquez (5-0, Houston) father is former U.S. Olympian and World Champion, Raul Marquez. Leija is scheduled for a 4 round Jr. Welterweight Bout. Marquez will be in a 6-Round Welterweight fight.

Opponents for Leij and Marquez are to be announced, as is the remainder of the card.

Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $40, $25 (plus ticket service fees), go on sale January 18 at the UTEP Ticket Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, including online, and by phone at 915-747-5234.

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Story in Many Pics: Han Successfully Defends Title

El Paso’s Sweetheart and only world boxing champion Jennifer Han,  successfully defended her World Featherweight Championship title Saturday Night at the Don Haskins Center.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his ringside view of the fight in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

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El Paso’s Sweetheart/Boxing Champ Han to Defend Title at Haskins Center on Oct 15th

World Featherweight Champion, Jennifer Han of El Paso, will defend her IBF Crown against mandatory challenger, Lilian Martinez, of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, October 15th, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.
The Han vs Martinez, World Featherweight Championship will be one of seven scheduled fights on a card that starts at 7:30 pm.  The event is being promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and is sponsored by Ruibal’s Plants of Texas.
Several up-and-coming local stars, to be announced, will fight on the undercard.
Both Han and Martinez are scheduled to be officially introduced at a Press Conference in El Paso, next Tuesday, September 27. Tickets, priced at $25, $35, $50 & $100 (VIP), will go ON SALE to the public at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 28 at the UTEP Ticket Center and all TicketMaster Outlets, including online at ticketmaster.com.
For Han, it will be the second defense of her World Featherweight title. She last defended it successfully on April 29, 2016 at the Southwestern University Ballpark, where she drew over 5,000 fans. For Han, it’s back to business and making El Paso fight fans proud.
“I really love fighting in El Paso, before my many fans, family and friends,” said Han, El Paso’s first and only World Boxing Champion. “To have an opportunity to come back and put on a show for  all those who have supported me, has me very excited to be back in the ring. I had been dealing with a stress fracture in my hip over the Summer, but I’m 100% now and really excited to get back in the ring.”
Han will be facing a very tough challenge in the mandatory challenger Martinez, a veteran of 25 fights. But as she sees it, they are all tough when seeking a title. “Everyone steps up their game when challenging for a world title,” Han continued. “I fully expect and have prepared for a difficult fight from Lilian Martinez, as I do from everyone.”

FYI: September 19th is Jennifer Han Day!

Jennifer Han Became El Paso first World Champion in 2015 when she successful defeated Helen Joseph of Ghana Nigeria in a 10 round bout at the down Haskins Center September 19, 2015.

As a result of this amazing achievement Commissioner Andrew Haggerty petitioned a resolution to recognize Jennifer Han and her accomplishment.

She was awarded a proclamation October 5, 2015 recognizing that September 19 would be known as “Jennifer Han Day”.

 

 

 The State of Texas County of El Paso } Know All Men By These Presents: WHEREAS, on September 19, 2015, Jennifer Han brought aOnThisDay (1) dream to reality by becoming El Paso’s first-ever World Champion Boxer when, by unanimous decision, she won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Featherweight Championship Title; and,

WHEREAS, years of training, along with a resolute determination, allowed Jennifer to control the world championship match from the opening bell until the end of the tenth round as reflected in the judge’s scores of 97- 92, 98-92 and 98-91; and,

WHEREAS, achievements leading to her championship match include numerous amateur titles and accomplishments such as six times National Boxing Champion, three time Best Boxer in USA, International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Champion and numerous other titles, a 5th degree Black belt in Korean Martial Arts Hoi Jeon Moo Sool, Hap Ki Do, Kickboxing and a 3rd degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do; and, 

WHEREAS, after completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology in 2007 at UTEP and turning pro in 2009, Jennifer has become the current IBF Intercontinental Featherweight Champion and, as of September 19, 2015 the IBF WORLD Featherweight Boxing Champion.

OnThisDay She also coached the 2012 Jr. Olympic Men’s Team in Russia for an International tournament; and, WHEREAS, Jennifer’s unique focus, dedication and determination has allowed her to set and achieve extraordinary goals, not only in boxing, but in the areas of martial arts and academics.

Her values, attitude and behavior make Jennifer a role model that others admire and should strive to emulate. She is commended for her achievement and for the pride she has brought to her family, friends and to the people of El Paso County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the El Paso County Judge and Commissioners’ Court that September 19th be designated as: “Jennifer Han Day” in El Paso County, Texas.

SIGNED this 5th day of October, 2015.

Jennifer Han Day Sept 19 Final

Video: Jennifer Han – El Paso’s Sweetheart | Only in El Paso by KCOS

Jennifer Han, as tough as she is, is known as El Paso’s sweetheart because of her personality outside of the ring. She proudly represents her hometown and leads the legacy of fighting she was raised in. Her family, the Hans, own and operate a martial arts studio in El Paso and together have fought around the world.
Being a two-time IBF Boxing Champion, and a three-time Women’s National Golden Glove Champion, Han shares her fighting passion and how her mission is to continue to make her hometown proud, one fight and championship at a time.
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Champion boxer Jennifer Han visits Dowell Elementary

World boxing champion and El Paso’s sweetheart Jennifer Han stopped by Dowell Elementary School Monday morning to share words of encouragement with the students.

“I hope I can inspire them to be the best of whatever they chose to be in the future,” Han said. “I hope they remember what I say, and it carries with them when they go to middle school, high school and college.”

Han visited Dowell as part of their Monday Meetings series, where different guests come and speak to students about what it takes to be successful in life.

“I hope I can inspire them to be the best of whatever they chose to be in the future,” Han said. “I hope they remember what I say, and it carries with them when they go to middle school, high school and college.”

Han, who defended her International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title last month, started training when she was five-years-old so she spoke to the students about overcoming her fears as a young martial artist to get where she is today.

“I was scared to train. I didn’t have any confidence, but I didn’t give up,” Han said. “You have been blessed with amazing teachers and an amazing principal who will help you set goals to achieve. I encourage you to never give up until you reach those goals.”

Han is an EPISD graduate, having attended several schools in Northeast El Paso –something she is proud of. Her younger twin sisters are even former Dowell Owls.

“I’ve always lived in the Northeast and represented the Northeast,” Han said. “I want the kids to know I come from EPISD, and they will be inspired that no matter where they come from they can do it as well.”

Han also talked about the importance of obtaining a higher education. She earned her degrees in kinesiology and business from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Fourth grade student Angela Rivas was really uplifted by what Han had to say, and even recognized her from the news.

“I watched her on ABC-7 when she was talking about her fight. I think she’s a really good boxer,” Angela said. “It was very inspirational. It was very helpful for us because we are at the stage where we are figuring out what we are doing with our lives.”

Angela wants to be a scientist when she grows up and is a self-proclaimed nerd. Listening to Han talk about all the obstacles she had to overcome gives her hope for achieving her goals.

“I’m proud she’s a woman, and that she’s fighting,” Angela said. “I hope she can visit our school again.”
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Dowell Elementary welcomes different guests for their monthly Monday meetings to help inspire the students to succeed.

“Hearing her is extremely motivating for the kids,” principal Yeni Ontiveros said. “Her message is important because it helps the students set goals and attend college by keeping them motivated to do whatever it takes to achieve those goals.”

Han Shines in First Title Defense

She was patient, but aggressive and after 10 rounds of boxing, IBF Featherweight Champion Jennifer Han won by unanimous decision in her first title defense against Calista Silgado.

Han showed the poise and patience of a champion, waiting for her shots while working jabs and body combinations. Silgado’s punches were many, but few landed.

IBF Champion Jennifer Han with the punch on challenger Calista Silgado during title night at the ballpark
IBF Champion Jennifer Han with the punch on challenger Calista Silgado during title night at the ballpark

“From what I saw, she had great defense…she had great training, she came very well prepared, but I was able to execute Louie’s (Burke) game plan, so I’m the champion still,” Han said.

Han was originally set to fight Lilian Martinez who failed to show for her visa interview, forcing the slate of Silgado into the fight. That proved to be irrelevant as Han showed why she’s the champion winning every round.

She is building a legacy for herself as El Paso’s first world champion.

“I’m so proud to be from El Paso and to make everybody appreciate female fighters, to support the IBF Championship,” Han said. “El Paso is going to blow up with so much talent. I hope I’m paving the way so bigger and better things will come.”

Silgado looked frustrated for most of the fight as she chased punches, struggling to connect. Han’s first title defense came in front of 4,312 spectators who were all cheering on the homegrown talent.

“It was so loud…I was trying not to get very emotional because then I was going to lose focus on my gameplan,” Han said. “I felt everybody that was here, when I walked through I was like, don’t look at anybody…this place is beautiful, I’ve actually fought at a baseball park, I fought at Cohen Stadium and that was awesome, but it’s not Southwest University Park, this place is beautiful.”

Han is not certain of what’s to follow, but said after the fight she heard promoters say in two to three months

IBF Champion Jennifer Han with the punch on challenger Calista Silgado during title night at the ballpark
IBF Champion Jennifer Han with the punch on challenger Calista Silgado during title night at the ballpark

Southwest University Park would be once again the venue, something she would be open to doing.

The main event followed six other bouts including a win from El Paso’s Even Torres who dominated his opponent Miguel Llamas, knocking him down twice in the first down and eventually winning bye TKO after the fight was stopped by the referee in the second round.

Also from El Paso was Tim Meeks, who outlasted Robert Sanders in a four-round light heavyweight bout, winning by unanimous decision.

Two fighters making their professional debut were Saul Gomez from Juárez and Jorrel Sparenburg from Albuquerque. Gomez would out punch Sparenburg also victorious by unanimous decision.

Han hopes the event can be the first of many going forward in what she called a successful night.

“I believe that all the fighters that were on the card under me, I know bigger and better things are going to wait for them, so they need to keep training hard and keep putting on a good show,” Han said. “Hopefully I’ll get to fight with my brother (Abraham Han), because he’s hands down an amazing fighter, in my opinion the best in the Southwest.”

To see more photos from the Han’s Championship Night at Southwest University Park, click HERE.

To view photos from the other matches, click HERE.

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