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El Paso's Abie Han will fight Floyd Mayweather protégé on Sept. 8

Abie Han trains for next fight

El Paso's own Abie Han will be fighting against a man who has been groomed in part by Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in just over a week.

But Han has a pretty good support group of his own.

Han (26-3) will go toe-to-toe with J'Leon Love (23-1) in a fight that will air on Showtime on Sept. 8.  The broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Han is not only fighting a protégé of Floyd Mayweather, he's also moving up in weight to 168 pounds for the fight. 

But he's confident that his team, which includes his sister, current IBF Featherweight world champion Jennifer Han, will help him pull through. 

"My sister is the best cheerleader and support ever," said Abie Han.  "You know, every time I'm feeling like I don't want to come or don't want to train, she's there pushing me saying, "No, Abie, you can do this.  Keep pushing yourself.'"

Han also has support from trainer Louie Burke and Las Cruces native and fellow boxer Austin Trout. 

"I've got a great team behind me.  And the only way Iose is myself," Han said. "You know, if I do what I know I've got to do and know how to fight the way I fight, I'm gonna win." 

Love enters with only one professional loss - a 2014 knockout against Rogelio Medina.  Outside of that loss, Love has had a stellar career as a member of Mayweather Promotions. 

"Love was very comfortable in his other fights," said Han.  "The tempo is going to be very important.  I've got to change the tempo, you know, change the speed on him and catch him off-guard with punches that he's not expecting.  If I can just keep that uncomfortable tempo on him, I think it'll make the biggest difference in the fight."
 

 


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