It's been a little over 100 days since Kris Andrews and Codey Hannah last traded punches in an entertaining slugfest at the Shaw Conference Centre.
On June 16, Edmonton's Andrews improved to 10-7-2 by jabbing and jolting his way to a unanimous decision, handing Hannah his first loss in eight pro outings.
That set the stage for tomorrow night's rematch for the interim Canadian junior middleweight title -- and Hannah vows he'll be a different fighter.
"I took the June fight on short notice and only had about 10 good rounds of sparring, but that's not an excuse," the Winnipegger said yesterday.
"Trying to punch Kris in the head is like reaching for the stars, and his jab is very quick, very sneaky. But this time I've sparred more than 100 rounds -- a lot of them with (NABA welterweight champ) Larry Sharpe. I've been dreaming of winning a Canadian title belt since I was 14, and this is my big chance. I plan to make the most of it."
For his part, the six-foot-two Andrews isn't taking anything for granted.
"God blessed me with this height, which is pretty unusual for a 154-pounder. And He made me a southpaw, too. But those are only tools. Without a brain behind them, they mean nothing," Andrews said.
"Last time wasn't my smartest fight; I mixed it up too much instead of just letting my jab do the work. But Codey's a real tough guy ... there's no quit in him. I think this time will be more of a test for both of us."
QUICK JABS: On tomorrow's undercard, Canadian cruiserweight champ Ryan Henney will face Detroit's Phillip Jewel in a non-title six-rounder; in four-rounders, Edmonton super middleweight Jason De LaRonde will meet Juan Sanchez of Halifax; Michelle Nelson of Saskatoon will fight Bria Lowe of Vancouver, the first time pro female flyweights have fought in Canada; and Monique Duval of Toronto faces Hamilton's Linda Ludwig in a lightweight clash.