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Jennifer Han Ready for S. Korea & World Championship


Q and A with Jennifer Han 

Jennifer Han, from El Paso, TX will travel to Haenam City, South Korea on March 16 for the final preparations before her March 23 fight against IFBA Champion Ji-Hye Woo for the IFBA Super Featherweight title. Han, a Korean-American, is living a lifelong dream fighting in her father’s home country.

IFBA.com did a quick Q and A two weeks before the fight to see how Han was feeling and check in on how her training is going. 

IFBA: What are you most excited for? 
Jennifer Han: I’m excited about going to Korea and fighting for a world championship. That’s the one goal I’ve been waiting for my whole professional career. I am so happy I get to do it in my father’s home country.

IFBA: What does it mean to you to fight in Korea? 
JH: It’s just amazing. When I was younger, my dad would talk about fighting for the championship in Korea. I didn’t think it would actually happen. Just something my dad hoped for. For this to actually come true and for my dad to be able to be there for me – even if I had prayed, I wouldn’t have believed it to actually be possible. I am truly blessed. 

IFBA: When was the last time you visited Korea? 
JH: I was last there about 3 years ago for a week to visit my sick grandmother. She had cancer. That was the first time my dad had been back to Korea in 35 years. It was quite an experience. 

IFBA: You still have family in Korea. What kind of support do you expect to get for this fight? 
JH: My dad is coming with me to Korea. And some of my Korean family is making the trip. It’s about 5 hours from where they live outside Seoul to Haenam City. My aunts and uncles and cousins all want to come. I’m guessing about eight members of my close family will make the drive down.

IFBA: How is training going? 
JH: I am training the hardest I have ever trained in my professional career. Great workouts. Great sparring. I’m training with Louie Burke, the best there is. My team has been great – really pushing it hard. My brother (pro boxer Abie Han) is in training camp with me. We travel about an hour to get there each day to train with Louie, drive home and teach martial arts class and train again at night.

He fights April 5 in El Paso, so he can’t make it to Korea. He needs to focus on his match. He really wants to come see me, but he has to sacrifice and train for his upcoming championship fight.

When I get to Korea, my hard work will be winding down. Over there I just want to maintain my weight and do light workouts for the week before the fight to stay ready.

IFBA: Are you concerned with the change in culture and diet impacting your preparation? 
JH: I’m half Korean and used to the food. I love the food. We have a small, but very close, Korean population in El Paso, so that won’t impact me at all. I’m really, really excited about visiting Heanam City. I’ve never been there before. 

IFBA: What led you to get into boxing? 
JH: My dad is a martial arts master. Me and my brothers and sisters all trained together and compete together and push each other in martial arts. Then I moved towards full contact kickboxing. From there, we moved into boxing because there was a lot of opportunity for me. If you win nationals as an amateur, you get to travel all over the world - which is amazing. Kickboxing and martial arts don’t always offer you that opportunity.

IFBA: What are your thoughts on your opponent, Ji-Hye Woo? 
JH: I have only seen one video of her, but I’ve seen her stats. She’s been able to successfully defend her title several times in Korea. What I’ve seen of her, she can box and she likes to fight inside. We have a good strategy and we are prepared. 

I know she is determined to successfully defend her title, but I’m determined to be the champion, so it’s going to be an awesome fight. I’ve never been more prepared for a fight in my life. 

IFBA: What would it mean for you to become an IFBA champion? 
JH: That would be amazing. My family keeps telling me, “If you win this, you’ll be the first ever world champion from El Paso.” All my brothers and sisters (all younger) all train together. For me to reach that high of a goal will just motivate them. Everybody has their struggles and sometimes my sisters have had their distractions. But this would motivate them to do whatever they want to do in life. It’s so important for me and my family and community. El Paso is fully supporting me for this fight. I’m going to do this. 

IFBA: How will this fight be different compared to your previous matches? 
JH: This is my first championship title fight. Woo is world-class competition. This is the next level. This is the highest I’m going to reach. I’m very honored to have this opportunity. I’m glad they choose me to be the one to fight her in Korea. I’m just excited and nervous and just want to show everyone what I’ve got. 

Dan Bi Kim Retains IFBA Title

Yecheon City, South Korea-- Dan Bi Kim retained her IFBA Mini Flyweight title against Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch in a 10 round championship bout March 1.  With her usual bob and weave style, Kim prevailed over her Thai opponent who was game but couldn't return the power or speed of the champion.  With a strong body head work fight game Kim easily scored a shutout with all judges scoring the fight 100-90.  

The bout was televised live on MBC-ITV throughout South Korea. Also on the card, IFBA champion Hee-Jung Yuh won a non- title six round fight against Pantip Sor Worasin of Thailand. 


Dan Bi Kim and Kiatpompetch Make Weight

Official weights for the March 1 IFBA Mini Flyweight Title bout:  Dan Bi Kim, 47.6 Kg;  Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch, 47.42.

Fighters pictured with IFBA supervisor Kim Messer.


Dan Bi Kim to Defend IFBA Mini Flyweight Title

Dan Bi Kim of South Korea is slated to defend her 105 pound Mini Flyweight title March 1 against Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch of Thailand. 

The 10 round bout will take place in Ichon Kyung Buk, South Korea. Kim Messer, IFBA Director of Boxing Operations, will supervise the bout.


El Paso's Jennifer Han Set for IFBA Title Challenge March 23

“El Paso’s Sweetheart” Jennifer Han will challenge Ji Hye Woo March 23 for Woo’s IFBA world Featherweight title. The bout will take place in Gun San City, South Korea and will be televised live throughout Korea. 


 Han, 10-2-1, is a Korean-American, born and raised in El Paso, Tx. This will be her first world title fight and her first fight in Korea. While Woo has the more experienced record, 13-2-0, Han brings to the world title stage an extensive amateur record with two USA National wins and three Golden Gloves titles. Her brother Abraham Han is also a professional boxer, currently sporting a 20-1 record. This is the first time a Korean American boxer has fought a world title fight in Korea since former IFBA world champion Kim Messer fought in Korea a decade ago and helped popularize women’s boxing there.

IFBA Superchampion Ji Hyun Park to Fight Anahi Torres March 29

The IFBA is thrilled to announce its first title bout of 2014. IFBA Super Strawweight champion Ji Hyun Park (19-2-0, 5 KO) will defend her title against Mexico’s Anahi “Pantera” Torres (12-11-0, 2 KO). The fight,originally scheduled March 22 will now take place on March 29, 2014 in HaeNam City, South Korea.

This will be Park's 15th IFBA world title defense. She holds the only IFBA Super Champion designation in recognition of her longest reigning IFBA World title.

Lissette Medel Scores Title Victory over Melisenda Perez

In a brutal bout that went the distance, Lissette Medel defeated Melisenda Perez by unanimous decision. Judges Max DeLuca, Marty Denkin and Raul Caiz, Sr. all scored the bout 97-93. But even in the later rounds of the fight, the match seemed up for grabs. Perez was definitely the aggressor, using her size advantage to shorten the ring, continuously pushing Medel into the corners. But Medel’s speed and ability to land solid uppercuts turned out to be the difference in the match. 

After the match, Medel was already discussing her first title defense. The fight was part of Fight Club OC’s Thursday night special event and was available on PPV on FightChannel.com. Jack Reiss was the referee. For more information on all of IFBA’s fighters and events, follow us on Twitter @IFBA_boxing.

IFBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE DECEMBER 5TH


Las Vegas (November 9, 2013) – The International Female Boxers Association (IFBA.com), the top name in woman’s boxing, continues its streak of showcasing the best female fighters in the world with another title bout on Thursday, December 5 from The Hanger at the OC Fair and Event Center. 
IFBA stars Lisette Medel and Melisenda Perez will square off for the vacant IFBA Super Featherweight title as part of the very popular Fight Club OC showcase. It is the first title fight for both, a fight each has been dreaming about for years. 

Medel comes into the bout at 8-1, and has momentum on her side, having won her last six decisions. The 27-year old from Maywood, CA is already at her 130lb fight weight and has been chomping at the bit to get back in the ring for this fight. She told IFBA President Judy Kulis that she was ready for this bout as far back as July and has been counting the days. She will definitely come prepared. 

Perez, 8-5-1, 4KOs, is a big puncher who has rebounded from a tough 2011 to find her stride in 2012 and wants to make 2013 her best year yet. She comes into this fight determined to prove that she deserves to wear an IFBA title belt. 

Perez v. Medel is set up to be just as riveting as August’s IFBA championship fight between Rhonda Luna and Crystal Morales, and Kulis believes it could even be better. 

“This is a great way to close out IFBA’s tremendous 2013. Both of these women are very focused and training very hard. Each knows they may never get another shot at a title. You’re going to see two women give everything they’ve got,” said Kulis. 

Fight Club OC is staged by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. There are eight total fights, making for a very action packed Thursday night of great boxing. With Fight Club OC selling out three of their last four shows, get your tickets today as less than 150 tickets remain for the biggest show in three years at www.fightcluboc.com. 

 For more information, follow us on Twitter @IFBA_boxing.

AMADOR WINS IFBA JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT TITLE

It was an action packed fight from the first round to the last. Both ladies came out fast and furious, with the judges’ scores swaying back and forth for the first three rounds. Quintana, the longer, lanky fighter had moments of slickness but Amador’s relentless aggressive pressure showed from the fourth round on. Both fighters worked their strong body shots, however Amador's multi punch combinations gave her the rounds. Quintana rallied to win the last round, but not enough to take the fight from the more experienced Amador. 

Judge Max Deluca scored the fight 92-98; Eddie Hernandez: 94-96; Ray Corona: 93-97, for a unanimous decision for Sindy Amador.  Referee for the bout was Tony Crebs; Kim Messer-Caminschi supervised the bout for the IFBA.

AMADOR V. QUINTANA SQUARE OFF FOR VACANT IFBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Title Bout Hosted At Pechanga Resort and Casino on Friday, Oct. 25 

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 21, 2013) – The IFBA is back again with more championship boxing in the Golden State. 

The world leader in international female fighting, IFBA (www.ifba.com) is putting on another title fight in California. On Friday, Oct. 25, Sindy Amador battles Amaris Quintana for the vacant IFBA Jr. Flyweight World Title from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. This is the first 10-round title fight for both women. 

This fight isn’t just about the belt, but also about revenge. Quintana’s (6-1-2, 1 KO) only professional loss came against Amador 10-1, 1KO) last year and she wants that taste out of her mouth. Amador is seeking to avenge her only professional loss – a July defeat at the hands of former IFBA world champion Jolene Blackshear. Each is coming into the ring with something big to prove. Winner walks out a champion, loser risks being an aftermath.

The pair of Southern California boxers – Amador hails from Riverside, Quintana from La Mesa - match up well. Their first fight went the distance. Will the rematch? I

ndustry veteran Roy Englebrecht is promoting the fight. This is the second IFBA title fight Roy Englebrecht Promotions has handled this year The fight is scheduled to start at 8:00pm. 

Tickets are available at www.pechanga.com/tickets. For more information, follow us on Twitter @IFBA_boxing.
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