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Winnipeg’s Olivia Gerula set to fight for the title

Simone Da Silva Duarte (left) and Olivia Gerula (right) at the weigh-in for "High Stakes Havoc".
Simone Da Silva Duarte (left) and Olivia Gerula (right) at the weigh-in for "High Stakes Havoc". Global News / Riley McDermid

WINNIPEG — The Predator is eyeing another championship belt. Winnipeg boxer Olivia “The Predator” Gerula will fight for the vacant WIBA World Female Featherweight title on Thursday in a card at the Club Regent Casino that’s been dubbed “High Stakes Havoc”.  Gerula is up against Brazil’s Simone Da Silva Duarte. Gerula hasn’t seen any video of her opponent but believes her endurance will be what separates the two.

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“One of my strongest suits is my cardio,” said Gerula. “You can be as fast as you want as a boxer, you can be as strong hitting as a boxer, but if you get tired you’re screwed. So cardiovascular training is my huge one, so I do tonnes of cardio, lots of pad work, lots of bag work. I am sparring 12 rounds with 4 different guys in the ring so when it comes fight night, I got one girl, my height and my weight for 10 rounds…much better.”

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Gerula is now 35-years-old and has a record of 15 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws over an 18 year professional career.

“I haven’t really seen that other girl fight but apparently she’s a really good fighter, so Olivia is in tough there,” said promoter John Vernaus of King John Boxing.

Gerula was viciously knocked out back in 2011 during a string of four consecutive losses.

But the former WBC World Female Super Featherweight titleholder has since won back-to-back fights to get back into title contention.

“Brazil is a long way to come, but I’m still going to kick her ass,” said Gerula.

Thursday’s fight card begins at 7 o’clock.

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