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Alumna Jennifer Han Defends World Boxing Title at Don Haskins Center

Frank Duran
Alumna Jennifer Han Defends World Boxing Title at Don Haskins Center
 During a break at a UTEP basketball game in February 2018, Han chatted with President Diana Natalicio and showed her the proper way to form a fist to throw a punch. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre

During a break at a UTEP basketball game in February 2018, Han chatted with President Diana Natalicio and showed her the proper way to form a fist to throw a punch. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre

UTEP alumna Jennifer Han defeated challenger Lizbeth Crespo by unanimous decision Feb. 17, 2018, at the Don Haskins Center to retain her IBF World Female Featherweight championship. 

It was the fourth title defense for Han, who initially claimed the IBF crown with a unanimous decision win over Nigerian boxer Helen Joseph on Sept. 19, 2015, at the Don Haskins Center. Han – whose small, wiry frame conceals a stinging left jab – beat Crespo in the same manner she bested Joseph, by establishing that jab to set up power shots. 

Han, a 2007 kinesiology graduate, boasts a 17-3-1 record with one knockout. 

“I’ve fought all over the world,” said Han, a six-time national amateur champion. “But fighting at the Don Haskins Center for my world title fight was truly a blessing. I am extremely proud of how far I’ve come in El Paso and to actually do it in front of my hometown – nothing beats that.” 

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