Local fighters dominate ratings

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

If there was any doubt that Edmonton is the fight capital of The Great White North, the latest rankings from the Canadian Boxing Federation have erased it.

A total of seven local fighters are ranked in the CBF's July ratings - the same as Toronto and Montreal.

But when you factor in female boxers - who are not ranked by the CBF -Edmonton fighters clearly dominate, particularly in the lighter weight classes. Topping the list is double world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (WBC super featherweight, WIBF lightweight).

VALDEZ NO. 1

The highest ranked local male boxer is featherweight Omar (The Mexicutioner) Valdez, who weighs in as the No. 1 contender for the title owned by unbeaten Olivier Lontchi (16-0) of Montreal.

Lontchi won the crown by knocking out Edmonton's Jason (The Troll) Adams two years ago. Adams was dropped from the CBF ratings this month.

Valdez is slated to fight an as-yet-unsigned opponent on the undercard of Darren Barker's British Commonwealth middleweight title defence on Aug. 15 at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

Also appearing on that card will be unbeaten Edmonton super middleweight Jason De Laronde, who's ranked No. 3 in Canada, and his Big Bang Boxing stablemate, Trevor Moyah, who's No. 8 at junior middleweight. Edmonton's Anthony Lessard is No. 6 in the same division.

Locals Kris Andrews (No. 6) and Tony Badea (No. 7) are ranked middleweights, while Darrelle Sukerow is No. 4 at super lightweight.

"We're really pleased to have Valdez, De Laronde and Moyah on the Aug. 15 show because all three guys are crowd-pleasers," says Adam Harris of London-based promoter Hennessy Sports. "We know they'll put on a show."


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