Ayana ready to roar

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Not many fighters who are 5-1 with four KOs feel a compelling need to "redeem" themselves.

Then again, when it comes to self-motivation, not many fighters are like stylish Edmonton junior welterweight Ayana Pelletier.

"I'm looking at this as an opportunity to show Edmonton fans that I'm not the same fighter that lost that decision," says Pelletier, who will try to avenge her 2008 loss to Nicole Woods in a rematch on tomorrow night's Armed & Dangerous card at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"I've won four in a row since then ... three of them by knockouts," added Pelletier, who credits a new yoga regimen with giving her more focus and energy in training.

"I'm not taking anything away from Nicole; she fought great and beat me fair and square. All I'm saying is that this time it'll be different. I'm not the same star-struck kid that was intimidated by her experience.

"We've both come a long way since our first fight, but now she's standing in the way of what I want to do. She won't be standing there after this fight."

Woods, who hails from Atlanta, Ga., is 9-4 with just a single knockout. The former U.S. national team veteran is ranked No. 2 in America and No. 8 in the world at 140 pounds.

"I don't expect anything different; I beat her once and I'll beat her again," said Woods.

"I'm sure she's got my picture on the wall at her gym. You always want to beat the fighter who beat you, but that's not going to happen here. I'm just happy to come back to Edmonton to do it again."


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