If World Boxing Council super featherweight champ Jelena Mrdjenovich successfully defends her title tomorrow night at the Shaw Conference Centre, she might want to celebrate with a bottle of French champagne.
A WBC source told Sun Media last night that if Mrdjenovich defeats Winnipeg's Olivia Gerula in the main event of the six-bout Blunt Force Trauma card, her next bout will likely be a June title defence against French champ Myriam Chomaz in Paris.
The 36-year-old Chomaz, 11-1 with 7 KOs, owns the WBC International title and briefly reigned as interim world champ when Mrdjenovich was recovering from knee surgery last year.
Mrdjenovich's promoter, Glen Carriere, refused to comment on the Paris fight, but did say that Edmonton's world champ "will be headed in a new direction" - if she gets past Gerula.
"Let's just say that it's time for the best female fighter in the world to go out and show the world the kind of fighters we have in Canada," said Carriere.
"Jelena is the best, no question."
Mrdjenovich, 23-3-1 (11 KOs), said all she's focusing on is beating Gerula.
"I knocked her out five years ago, and I'm a better fighter now," she said. "I'm happy to fight Olivia again, but she's going home empty. My title isn't leaving town."