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MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

There will be a definite sense of deja vu all over again when Jelena Mrdjenovich returns to the ring April 9 to headline the six-bout Blunt Force Trauma card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

In a 10-round all-Canadian rematch, Edmonton's 26-year-old double world champ will defend her World Boxing Council super featherweight title against No. 5-ranked Olivia (The Predator) Gerula of Winnipeg.

In just her seventh pro fight back in 2004, Mrdjenovich sent Gerula into a two-year retirement by notching a fourth-round KO. Gerula returned in 2006 with a TKO over Edmonton's Amanda Carriere, and has won four of six subsequent bouts.

Three weeks ago in Tokyo, Gerula, 29, scored a stunning split decision over Japanese champ Emiko Raika, who went the distance with Mrdjenovich in a 2007 title challenge.

Gerula's record of 10-10-2 (3 KOs) also includes a draw with WBC International lightweight champ Mia St. John, who dropped a 10-round decision to Mrdjenovich in 2006.

"You can count on one hand the number of times two Canadians have fought for a world boxing championship - and that includes men," KO Boxing promoter Glen Carriere said yesterday. "This is a mandatory defence for Jelena, and we're very excited to have her make it against a top-ranked Canadian contender."

Mrdjenovich (23-3-1, 11 KOs) hasn't fought since scoring a lopsided decision over England's Lydsey Scragg in November. The bout with Gerula will be her sixth defence of the WBC crown she won in 2005, but her Women's IBF lightweight title will not be at stake.

The undercard, which is still being fleshed out, will feature newly crowned WBA FedaCaribe junior middleweight champ Kris Andrews of Edmonton in a non-title eight-rounder, as well as crowd-pleasing local lightweight Ayana Pelletier and unbeaten light welterweight Steve Claggett (4-0) of Calgary in four-round prelims.


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