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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