Jelena signs for rematch

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 AM ET

Edmonton’s Jelena Mrdjenovich got an early Christmas present this week: confirmation of a world title rematch with Lindsay Garbatt of Oshawa, Ont.

On Nov. 19, Garbatt (6-3, 3 KOs) beat Mrdjenovich (24-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round split decision at the Shaw Conference Centre to capture the Women’s International Boxing Association’s vacant super featherweight title.

“It was a close, tough fight … but I thought I won it,” Mrdjenovich said Tuesday, after confirming that she has signed to face Garbatt in a title rematch on Feb. 4 in Barrie, Ont.

“Full marks to Lindsay, though. She came to fight, she came to brawl. I’m expecting more of the same.”

Mrdjenovich is 3-3 in rematches, dating back to 2003. In her most recent return, she notched a spectacular sixth-round KO over Dominga Olivo in May after battling the New Yorker to a controversial draw in 2007.

“I’m really excited about having an opportunity to fight on the road, in front of new judges,” said Mrdjenovich.

“I think to some extent maybe my fighting style has become a little too familiar to some of the judges here, so (fighting in Ontario) is almost like a new start.

“I’m also grateful to Garbatt’s team for making the rematch so quickly. I was expecting to have to wait five or six months to get back in the ring with Lindsay, but they’ve stepped up and made it happen. They’re real pros.”

Canadian heavyweight champ Neven Pajkic is headlining the Feb. 4 card against an as-yet-unsigned opponent. The featured prelim will see Edmonton heavyweight Tye Fields (44-2, 40 KOs) in a title elimination bout against former Canadian champ Raymond Olubowale (8-4-1, 5 KOs).

The Fields-Olubowale match was supposed to be part of the Nov. 19 card here, but Olubowale was forced to pull out after getting cut in training.

– GREIG


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