On March 11th, Jelena Mrdjenovich (35-10-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Edith Soledad Matthysse (14-7-1, 1 KO) for a second time for the unified WBC and WBA featherweight women’s world titles at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mrdjenovich will be looking to reclaim the WBC title that she lost to Matthysse back in August and grab the WBA belt in front of a hometown crowd and one of Mrdjenovich’s former opponents, Melissa Hernandez (22-6-3, 7 KO’s) who has been in the ring on three separate occasions against the Canadian fighter, believes that she will walk away victorious on Friday night.
“Jelena is a great fighter,” Hernandez told Tha Boxing Voice. “I see her winning this fight due to the drive to be champion again.”
Hernandez did not get to see the first fight between the two but she does have plenty of experience with Mrdjenovich in the ring and holds two victories over her. With that said, Hernandez is not sure why she was not considered for the opportunity to fight for Matthysse’s WBA title.
“I didn’t get a chance to watch the last fight. I actually don’t understand how they’d overlook me for Matthysse being that I did give Jelena two rematches. [And the fact that] the fight I lost the belt was due to a bad stoppage.”
No matter what the outcome is on Friday night, it seems pretty clear that Hernandez would like a shot at the winner. If Mrdjenovich is the victor on Friday night, getting a fourth fight with her, and a shot at redemption to clear away the bad taste from the third fight’s ending, maybe even sweeter for Hernandez. Either way, she is more than willing to step in the ring and put it all on the line.