Jennifer Han Interview: "I believe the Girls are as Capable as the Guys at Fighting!"

Jennifer Han Interview: "I believe the Girls are as Capable as the Guys at Fighting!"
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Oct 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank)

Jennifer Han
To look at Jennifer Han at a glance, you just see your average all day American girl, but, get the El Paso native in the ring, and it is all out war. Han, who supports a record of 8-1-1 (1) as a professional in the super featherweight division, is not only a pugilist, but she comes from a family who is deeply rooted in martial arts. Her father is Master Bae H. Han, a 9th degree black belt. Herself has earned a 4th degree black belt in Hoi Jeon Moo Sool, and Hap Ki Do, as well as a 3rd degree in Tae Kwon Do, and has several different trophies and medals in the disciplines, as well as in amateur boxing.

This Saturday night at the El Paso County Coliseum, in El Paso, TX, Han will take on Claudia Gutierrez 2-1, in a four round scheduled bout. And if you are a fight fan, you will need to go out to the match-up, and witness “El Paso’s Sweetheart” in action, because she believes, the girls can throw down just as vicious as the guys. In this exclusive interview, Jennifer speaks out on her upcoming match-up, career and more, enjoy.

Benny Henderson Jr.: You have the fight this Saturday against Claudia Gutierrez, what can you tell us about your upcoming opponent?

Jennifer Han:
I don’t know a lot about her, but it doesn’t really matter, but from the amateurs I got used to fighting all sorts of fighters with all different styles. I can adapt really quickly, and I am prepared so I am not really worried about it. it would be nice to know something, but I am very well trained.

BH: You are fighting in your hometown of El Paso, Texas, now fighting in your hometown can be a double edge sword. Does it give you confidence fighting in front of your hometown fans, or does it add a lot of pressure?

Basically both, but I would much rather fight in my hometown, because my family and friends are there to support me. But everything you said is right, there is a lot of pressure, but I am used to fighting under pressure, I feed off the energy.

BH: You are trained by somebody whom I have a lot of respect for, and that is the one and only Lou Burke, what is it like working with Lou?

I have known Lou for many years, I have known he has been a world class trainer, I feel really honored that he has taken me under his wings. He knows the game and I have learned so much. He is so well rounded, he knows what to fix, but I am not going to tell you all of my secrets, but I will showcase some this Saturday.

BH: For the ones who have not seen your fights, how would you describe your style?

I adjust very well, I can be aggressive, I am a good counter puncher, I do not consider myself a brawler, but I can if need be. I believe the fans who come see me will be pleasantly pleased. Some people do not think girls cannot fight well, well, we can. I love to fight and I hope one day to become world champion.

BH: You have a lot of accolades as a fighter, but, being a lady in this fight game, do you feel that you have to perform at a higher level to get the respect that a man would?

Yes and no, my family is a fighting family, we have always trained together and competed together, so for us it is normal. I have proven myself, girls are just as capable as the guys. We do no dominate the sport but we are making our way.

BH: What can the fight fans expect from you come fight night.

Expect some amazing boxing, they will see skill, I believe they will be pleasantly surprised. I am going to make El Paso proud, and one day make the world proud.

BH: Anything in closing?

Just watch out for the Han family, we are here to stay..

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