El Paso, TX - Friday Night Fights always come with a little drama, and today, plenty of it at the weigh ins for Top Ranks fight card Friday at the Haskins Center. El Paso's Jennifer Han weighed in at 126 pounds, but her opponent, Olivia Gerula, weighed in over the limit, so she cannot win Han's world title if she upsets Jennifer, though if Han loses, her IBF Featherweight World title would become vacant. The bout will go on as scheduled.
Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum's TOP RANK Boxing, returns to El Paso on Friday, February 17th when the DYNAMIC DUO of El Paso's World Featherweight Champion, JENNIFER HAN and rising Mexican Star JOSE FELIX headline a nationally televised card at UTEP's Don Haskins Center.
HAN VS GERULA, WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Han will be making the third defense of her IBF World Featherweight title when she takes on challenger and former World Champion, Olivia Gerula (18-16-2, Winnepeg, Canada). Gerula, the former WBC World Super Featherweight Champion, will be fighting her 8th world title fight.
FELIX VS MAICELO, SPECIAL ATTRACTION
The #3 World Ranked Felix, 35-1-3, of Los Mochos, Mexico, will battle Peru's Jonathon Maicelo, 24-2, in a Special Attraction 10-Round Lightweight bout.
FELIX BIO ATTACHED!
LINK TO FELIX B-ROLL-
The five-bout undercard will feature several undefeated Top Rank prospects, including an Olympian and two sons of former World Champions
Esquiva Falcao (14-0, Brazil), the explosive 2012 Olympian, faces Tony Jeter (20-5-1, Columbia, Maryland in an 8-Round Middleweight bout.
FALCOA BIO ATTACHED!
Jesse James Leija, Jr. (3-0, San Antonio), the son of former 2-Time world champion, Jesse James Leija, is slated for 4-Rounds in the Jr. Welterweight division.
Arturo Marquez (5-0, Houston) father is former U.S. Olympian and World Champion, Raul Marquez. Leija is scheduled for a 4 round Jr. Welterweight Bout. Marquez will be in a 6-Round Welterweight fight.
Opponents for Leij and Marquez are to be announced, as is the remainder of the card.
TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY!
TICKETS, priced at $100, $60, $40, $25 (plus ticket service fees), go ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18th at the UTEP Ticket Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, including online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 915-747-5234.
TOP RANK / QUOTES
Top Rank, regarded as Boxing's biggest promoter, has brought El Paso its biggest Boxing events over the past twenty years, most notably the Sun Bowl extravaganzas featuring Oscar De La Hoya (1998) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (2012). DYNAMIC DUO will be they're first event in the Sun City since Chavez Jr. defeated Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl on June 16, 2012.
For Arum, Top Rank's return to El Paso is always around the corner. "We're always looking for an opportunity to return to El Paso- one of the great fight towns in America." said Arum, from his Las Vegas offices.
"This event on February 17 is an opportunity for fans in El Paso to enjoy a terrific card. Not only do they get to witness the Dynamic Duo of their exciting world champion, Jennifer Han and one of Mexico's emerging stars on the world stage, Jose Felix. And the icing on the cake is all the top prospects and future champions they will see in action."
JENNIFER HAN / QUOTES
Han will be making her third defense of her IBF World Featherweight title. She captured the crown on September 19, 2015 when she defeated Helen Joseph. She twice defended her title in 2016, the last being October 15th against Liliana Martinez. All three of Han's world championship bouts have been in El Paso.
As for her next challenger, Han is taking the same approach as she always does- take on all comers. "For me, I just take the next one in line and know that I have the belt that they want," noted Han. "When you're the champion, you know that everyone is coming with their best shot and make the most of their opportunity to be a champion. For most, it can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. But my opponent here, Olivia Gerula, she's a former World Featherweight Champion and knows what it's like to be at the top. She's hungry to get her title back, but I believe I'm hungrier to keep the one that belongs not just me, but the fans of El Paso."