Predator hits the road

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

The Predator is heading to Paris this week, and she plans on coming home with a souvenir.

We're not talking about your ordinary keepsake, either.

No, this one is a little more personal for Winnipeg's Olivia (The Predator) Gerula, who will defend her WBC women's super featherweight boxing title against France's Myriam Chomaz on Dec. 17.

The fight was supposed to take place in June, but Gerula said Chomaz has been running scared, resulting in several postponements. Gerula's training schedule was altered many times because of it, and it has put the 30-year-old in a surly mood.

"I've never fought with vengeance before," the personal trainer and kickboxing instructor said. "It's gotten to the point where I (will). I want to bring her tooth back in a little cup.

"I don't know if they'll call me the Predator or the Tooth Fairy, but either way, that's the goal."

Gerula took the WBC title from Edmonton's Jelena Mrdjenovich in April, and next week's bout will be her first defence. The 10-round fight will take place at Halle Carpentier, not far from the Eiffel Tower.

UNIFYING BELT

Chomaz holds what is called the "interim" WBC super featherweight title, which is usually awarded when the regular champ is injured or has moved to another weight class. Chomaz won the interim crown last year, when Mrdjenovich was recovering from knee surgery.

Gerula plans on unifying that belt with the one she currently possesses and then bringing them both back to Canada -- along, perhaps, with one of Chomaz's chompers.

"This solidifies my reign as a champion," Gerula said. "It actually makes that belt mine. I've defended it and I keep it.

"I've got it now, and I haven't really earned it. That's what I feel like. I did win the fight and outscored (Mrdjenovich) and did everything else I needed to do, but at this point that's what I'm looking for."

Gerula doesn't know much about Chomaz, who sports a 12-1 record, but she knows she's going to be a tough test, especially on her own turf.

GRUELLING FIGHT

"I know she's 37, and I know she's built like a brick s---house," Gerula said. "She's an inside power shot fighter. I've been warned not to fight on the inside, and of course that's where I exchange the best. So it's going to be a gruelling fight. It's not going to be pretty.

"I will have to listen to my trainer (Mark Collins) and stick and move and get out of the way. But there will be times where I can't help myself and I have to sit in there and throw."

If Gerula (11-10-2) can take out Chomaz, her next opponent would likely be Peru's Kina Malpartida, who on Saturday won the WBA super featherweight title over England's Lyndsey Scragg.

Gerula is going to France a week early to get used to the time change and the food, and "to enjoy a little bit of Paris." She would love to sample the rich French cuisine while she's there, but she can't because she has a beating to administer and must stay in shape.

"Everything with the dieting, everything with all the training, it all comes down to the ring," Gerula said. "She gets to pay for that."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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