EDMONTON - Don’t expect Jelena Mrdjenovich to be cheering for her fellow Canadian when Winnipeg’s Olivia (The Predator) Gerula challenges WBC super featherweight champ Frida Wallberg in Karlstad, Sweden, on Saturday.
Gerula, who took the world title from Mrdjenovich at the Shaw Conference Centre on March 9, 2009, defended it twice before losing the crown to Wallberg last fall in Stockholm.
Mrdjenovich has a verbal agreement to fight the winner of Saturday’s bout if she beats Fujin Raika on Sept. 22 in Tokyo.
“Jelena would much rather fight Wallberg, because it would very likely be in Sweden,” said Mel Lubovac, Mrdjenovich’s promoter.
“Fighting Gerula again would be kind of anticlimactic because Jelena should have got the decision here in ’09. It was close, for sure, but a lot of people think Jelena did enough to win it.
“Getting a shot at Wallberg, who is undefeated, would be much more satisfying.”
Gerula (13-11-2, 3 KOs) is convinced she was robbed against Wallberg (9-0, 2 KOs) in their first meeting which saw the WBC alter its own rules by cutting the fight to eight rounds instead of the mandatory 10.
The sanctioning body said that was done in order to appease the Swedish boxing authorities, but Gerula doesn’t buy it.
“This time I’m ready for anything,” she said in a Swedish TV interview on Monday. “I’ll box or I’ll slug … I’ll fight any way that’s necessary to win. The way I look at it, I left something here last fall, and I’ve come pack to pick it up: my title belt. I’m ready to make history, and willing to spill blood to put the past at rest.”