Champ happy to continue fighting at home

MURRAY GREIG -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

Edmonton's world champion wants to keep it simple.

"I've got the belts - they can come to me," Jelena Mrdjenovich said yesterday.

The reigning World Boxing Council super featherweight champ and Women's International Boxing Federation lightweight titleholder sees no reason why she should fight away from her hometown.

"Until somebody comes here and takes my belts, I'm very happy to keep fighting in Edmonton and providing great entertainment for the people who have been so supportive to my career," said Mrdjenovich, who will put her WIBF title on the line Sept. 28 against No. 3-ranked Kelli Cofer of Ohio.

"Boxing is entertainment, but it's also business. And until somebody makes it worthwhile for me to fight elsewhere, I'm staying right here in Edmonton."

As for Cofer's reputation as a formidable road warrior, Mrdjenovich said she's not worried.

"Kelli has proven herself and she's earned her shot - but that's all. To beat me, she's going to have to have the best night of her career."

The main event will headline the six-bout Dangerous Ground card that will also feature a Canadian junior middleweight title rematch between champion Gareth Sutherland of Winnipeg and No. 1-ranked Kris Andrews of Edmonton.

Sutherland won a razor-thin split decision in their first fight four months ago.

"Rematches are all about recall," Andrews said yesterday. "All through training you recall what the guy did last time and then make your adjustments, which is what I'm doing now.

"I'm six-foot-two, Sutherland is five-ten. Last time I let him get inside and stay there. That was the difference. I forgot about my jab and didn't make him pay.

"This time he's gonna see that jab right from the opening bell, and when he tries to duck inside and go to the body, I'll chop him down.

"I know exactly what I have to do to beat him."


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