Interview: Featherweight Jennifer Han

JHanThJennifer Han’s (12-3-1) biggest wish has finally come true, she will be fighting for the IBF World Featherweight title on Saturday, September 19,2015 at the Dan Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Postponement made this fight seem impossible when her opponent Helen Joseph (12-2) could not secure a Visa in April.  Jennifer was devastated but willingly fought another opponent in April and was victorious. She still couldn’t stop thinking about whether her first world title fight would ever happen.

The fight is signed, sealed and delivered and Jenn is ready to rumble in front of her hometown crowd and she couldn’t be more ecstatic.  Let’s meet Jennifer Han.

JHan1Jen, what attracted you to boxing?

My family does martial arts. I started competing in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, etc. then transitioned into non-stop rounds with Kickboxing. Then got an offer to box and doors really opened with boxing πŸ™‚

What is your nickname?

My nickname is “El Paso’s Sweetheart”.

How would you describe your boxing style?

I have a boxer’s style, even though I have been known to be really aggressive in the past, I am a good, technical boxer.

You’ve had a great amateur career (86-16) winning six national titles.  How is your pro career going so far?

I am very happy with my career right now – I have the biggest opportunity in fighting for the IBF world title, in El Paso!

Who trains you? 

My trainer is Louie Burke out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Where do you train?

I train in El Paso at my karate school in Las Cruces at the PAL and sometimes at other gyms for great sparring.

This is your first world title fight.  Tell us about it?

I am fighting against one of the best in the world; Helen Joseph who comes from Nigeria for the IBF featherweight championship.  This will be the first time an El Pasoan is fighting for the world title in El Paso and I want to be El Paso’s first world champion πŸ™‚

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day of training includes driving to Cruces in the morning with my brother Abie (who is also an amazing professional boxer) and training with Louie (sparring, boxing drills, cardio, plyometrics, strength & conditioning, etc.).  Then we drive back to El Paso, teach martial arts at our school and train again at night with my family.

Every fighter has a best punch.  What is yours?

You’ll have to decide which is my best punch; it really depends on who I’m fighting…

What fighters do you enjoy watching?

My favorite fighter right now is my brother Abie; he is an outstanding boxer with so much talent, skill, and heart.  He’s so versatile; he can be a slick boxer, very aggressive, a great counter-puncher, southpaw, orthodox, any style he chooses.

Your greatest strength as a fighter?

My greatest strength as a boxer is that I can adjust and use my brain!

What are the challenges you face as a fighter?

The challenges I face as a boxer is staying active.  Last year I only fought twice!  I want to box more often, but there are so many factors to deal with: promoters, managers, boxers, etc..

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

My goal for the rest of the year is to stay busy, so after I win this Saturday I want an opportunity to defend the title!

How can we keep women’s boxing strong?

We can keep women’s boxing strong by coming out to support the girls at the fights – it shows the promoters that people are interested in them!  If there are any women interested in boxing, my advice is never give up and travel to get that valuable experience!

JHan2Boxing Diva Questions

  1. Favorite color:  Yellow
  2. Favorite food:  Kalbi
  3. Favorite type of exercise:  Sparring
  4. What is in your refrigerator right now?  I have milk, juice, and eggs.
  5. Best habit:  Working hard
  6. Worse habit:  Not drying out my boxing gear…
  7. Your guilty pleasure:  Chocolate
  8. Who is your hero?  My hero is my dad, Master Han.  He came to this country with nothing and fought to live his dream.
  9. Words you live by:  Believe in yourself!

A message for your fans:

Thank you for supporting me and don’t forget to come see me fight for the IBF World title next week!

You can find Jennifer on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of El Paso Times 

About the Author

Judi Abate - "Boxing Diva"
Judi Abate, the "Boxing Diva", has been interviewing the fighting community since 2007. Her trademark questions are sassy and unpredictable. She has contributed work to Diamond Boxing, Boxing Rant, and WBAN. Away from the PC she enjoys reading, shopping and painting. Her dream interview is Oscar De La Hoya.

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