Jennifer Han lands world title fight against Katie Taylor in England

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso’s Jennifer Han has been calling for a world title fight of this magnitude for years — she will finally get her shot.

DAZN announcing on Wednesday that Han (18-3-1, 1 KO), the IBF mandatory challenger, will fight Katie Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday, Sept. 4 in Leeds, England. The bout will take place at Headingley Stadium, an outdoor rugby and cricket venue that can house up to 21,000 fans. The fight will be the co-main event along with the eagerly awaited rematch between Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara.

Taylor, who is the undisputed world lightweight champion, is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She will be defending her 18-fight unbeaten record against “El Paso’s Sweetheart.” Han, 38, is unbeaten in her last eight fights dating back to 2014 when she lost to Ji-Hye Woo.

Katie Taylor, without a doubt, is one of the most talented female fighters in the world,” said Han. “I’m not going to take anything away from her, but she’s beatable. Believe me, my camp and I are studying her inside and out. We have plenty of strategies.”

Han, a six-time national amateur champion, will be vying for Taylor’s WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titles. She won the vacant IBF featherweight world title in September of 2015, and went on to make four successful title defenses of the belt, most recently against Lizbeth Crespo in February 2018 at the Don Haskins Center. Han’s last fight came in February of 2020, a unanimous decision win against Jeri Sitzes inside the El Paso County Coliseum.

“I hope they underestimate me and fans can talk all the smack they want, but this is a well-deserved opportunity,” said Han. “I’ve been fighting my entire life. I’ve dedicated my life to boxing, martial arts and now I finally get to showcase it to the world. This is my time.”

September’s bout will air exclusively on DAZN’s streaming service.

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