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)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
JH: 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.
What can the fight fans expect from you come fight night.
JH: 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.
Anything in closing?
Just watch out for the Han family, we are here to stay..
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