Jennifer Han (14-3, 1 KO), the pride of El Paso and the current IBF World female featherweight champion defeated and defended her title against Columbia’s, Calista Silgado (14-6, 9 KOs) yesterday before a hometown crowd at Southwest University Park in El Paso. The event was presented by Golden Eagle Promotions and famed ring announcer Thomas Treiber set the tone for the event.
It didn’t take long for Han to find her rhythm against Calista Silgado, making a statement from the first bell. Han made use of an effective jab that quickly took her opponent out of her game.
The slower Silgado threw some wild punches that presented Han the opportunity to land some very effective counter punches and racking up points in the process. Han used the power of her punches and mixed it up with some great angles and had great speed. Silgado never really had a chance to fight her fight and was quickly taken out of her element.
By the later rounds, it was evident Calista Silgado was frustrated and would need a knockout to win the fight. To Silgado’s credit, she hung in there for all ten rounds and took the fight on short notice after she was named as the replacement for Lillian Martinez. Han was to originally face No. 3 contender, Lillian Martinez of the Dominican Republic, but was replaced by Silgado after Martinez was unable to obtain a visa in time.
In the end, all three judges score the bout 100-90 in favor of Jennifer Han and giving her the unanimous decision win.
Trained by one of the best, Louie Burke has managed to bring out the best in Jennifer Han. Since turning pro, Han has improved in every aspect of boxing, probably the most noticeable and certainly one of the most important is her defensive skills. She has developed an eye for it, knowing when to step back and wait for the right opportunity to strike back.
It’s good to see the positive side of boxing once in a while, Jennifer Han is certainly a positive side of boxing that doesn’t get the attention she deserves. Actually, the entire Han family doesn’t get the credit they deserve. Jennifer Han is the brother of Abraham Han (25-3, 15 KOs), a solid fighter in the middleweight division. Jennifer also has another brother and two sisters who are a force in martial arts. All of the Han’s are well versed in martial arts and boxing. They were taught by their father, Bae Han, the owner, and Master at the Han’s Martial Arts School. Bae taught them the way of martial arts and discipline required to succeed, he has produced a fine crop of kids both in the ring and out of the ring.
For Jennifer Han, her future in boxing looks bright, she has proven she deserves to be the IBF Featherweight champion. Women’s boxing doesn’t get the attention that men’s boxing receives, although women’s boxing often produces some exciting bouts. Han will only get better with each fight and having Louie Burke in her corner only confirms it. The Jennifer Han that fought last night is only a glimpse of what’s on the horizon for this young fighter. Hopefully, we will see her fight on television soon, the boxing world needs to know about Jennifer Han and the many women boxers out there.