On January 25th, Mel Lubovac (owner) of KO Boxing Promotions in Edmonton, Alberta confirmed one of the biggest fights in women’s boxing will take place on March 11th, in Edmonton. Edith Soledad Matthysse (14-7-1, 1 KO) will travel to Edmonton to defend her WBC and WBA women’s featherweight championship belts against Edmonton’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (35-10-1, 19 KO’s).
“Finally,” said a relieved Lubovac. “After almost two months of negotiations, I am happy to announce that contracts have been signed. I would like to thank the WBA and president Gilberto Mendoza, and the WBC for all of their help, especially to the president Mauricio Sulaiman who took the time to out of his busy day to make this happen. March 11, 2016, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton I will be promoting the rematch between Jelena Mrdjenovich and Edith Soledad Matthysse, sister of world class boxer Lucas Matthysse. This will be for the WBC and WBA featherweight World title. Come see Jelena reclaim her title.”
Matthysse and Mrdjenovich last fought on August 1st, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matthysse was able to frustrate and stop Mrdjenovich from fighting her fight and won via unanimous decision.
Looking back at the fight, Mrdjenovich had stated that it was one of the worst performances of her career.
“Unfortunately, I had some setbacks early in camp, and that kept snowballing and I also came out flat fight night,” Mrdjenovich told Tha Boxing Voice back in October. “I had one of the worst performances I have had as an athlete in a very long time, and she had her best.”
Both fighters have remained inactive since their August bout but Mrdjenovich has stayed in shape and is currently training in Las Vegas to get the best preparation for their rematch and one would expect for Matthysse to be doing the same thing.