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Franjic ready for Contender

By Dave Spencer

If light-heavyweight Steve Franjic (8-0-1 5KO) is going to establish himself as a contender, he is going to have to go through a Contender. Franjic faces Donny McCrary (24-10-2 13KO) of the original Contender series as a late substitute for Akinyemi Laleye, a semi-finalist of the last Contender series, as boxing returns to Edmonton this Friday night. FightNews caught up with the Orangeville Ontario fighter as he touched down in the Alberta Capital in advance of this Friday’s Sudden Impact card to be held at the Shaw Convention Centre and asked him what it would be like headlining for the first time and facing off against a fighter from the original Contender.

“I was a big fan of the show and I remember when it came out. All the guys like (Peter) Manfredo and Sergio Mora and all those guys became big names so it’s definitely cool so I’m looking forward to it.” The memory of McCrary on the show is slightly hazier than some of the others for Franjic as the Midwest fighter was eliminated in his first fight on the series that aired on NBC. “It was a while ago and I think I remember him, the name seems familiar. I’ve watched some tapes of him since and it definitely rings a bell having seen him.” Click here for more




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