Jelena punches in

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

There's no other way to put it: Lyndsey Scragg is a talented hooker.

Strictly in ring vernacular, of course.

The payoff punch for the unbeaten (7-0) Brit is a left hook to the body, and she's planning to showcase it Friday night when she challenges Jelena Mrdjenovich for the latter's World Boxing Council super featherweight title at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"Body punching is something we work on all the time and it's something I've been successful with, so we'll see how it goes," Scragg, who's ranked No. 7 on the planet by the WBC, said yesterday.

"I only spar with blokes, never with women. It's really helped my punching."

For her part, Mrdjenovich (22-3-1) was nonplussed.

"If she likes to go to the body, that just means her head will be wide open," said the champ.

"This is my eighth title bout, which is one more than she's had total fights.

"I won't make any predictions, other than to say I've got a feeling it might be a short night for Lyndsey. I think she should have a little more time to do some sightseeing in Edmonton before she goes home."

Mrdjenovich is coming off her best performance in two years, a 10-round shutout of rugged Lakeysha Williams on Sept. 12.

The same night in Wolverhampton, Scragg got a six-round unanimous nod over Galina Gumliiska.

Friday's fight will be Scragg's first 10-rounder.

Meanwhile, Edmonton super welterweight Anthony (Hits Hard) Lessard (6-3-2) isn't taking anything for granted in his six-round featured prelim with Toronto's Constantin Florescu (10-2-1).

"I took four months off work to get ready for this fight, and I won't leave anything in the gym," said Lessard.

"In order to achieve my goal of winning the Canadian title, I have to beat the guys in front of me. We could've taken the easy route, but I handpicked Florescu because he represents another step up that ladder."

QUICK JABS

The semi-main event will be an eight-round non-title clash between Canadian cruiserweight champ Frank White of Sarnia, Ont. (5-2-1), and Winnipeg's Kareem Chartrand (7-4-1) ... Flashy Calgary welterweight Steve Claggett (1-0) will square off with debuting Dave Petryk of Vancouver ... Red Deer's Len Koivisto, who usually referees title fights in these parts, will miss Friday's card because he's in Chengdu, China, for Saturday's Don King-promoted show, headlined by heavyweights Andrew Golota and Ray Austin for the WBC's Intercontinental belt... Look for John Braak, also of Red Deer, to be the third man in the ring for the main event.


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