Obviously the third time is a charm for Jelena Mrdjenovich. The Edmonton fighter made up for two close decisions in a hurry Friday night as she stopped Lindsay Garbatt (7-5-1 4KO) at 1:45 of the opening round at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta. Mrdjenovich had lost pair of close decisions to the visiting fighter in the past, dropping a split decision on home turf in 2010 and then reliving the disappointment again last year with a majority decision loss in Barrie Ontario.
Back home though Mrdjenovich obliterated memories of those past setbacks with a trio of knockdowns, grasping control of the fight from the opening bell.
Mrdjenovich captures the vacant WBC featherweight title with the victory and is the third in row and second consecutive knockout for the Edmonton fighter after losing five of six. It was also the second fight in a row that Mrdjenovich sealed the deal on a trilogy, winning convincingly by knockout and avenging a previous loss. In her previous outing, the femme fatale broke a 1-1 deadlock with a brutal 9th round knockout of Olivia Gerula. Garbatt has now been stopped in successive fights.
Jason Delaronde (13-0 4KO) is victorious with a 60-53, 58-53, 60-53 over Anthony Lessard (8-8-2 5KO) who ballooned up 3 weight categories to light-heavyweight from his last fight a year ago. Lessard was dwon at the end of the second round.
It took Rory Coveney (8-1 4KO) one punch and fifteen seconds to TKO Jesse Seberg who was making his pro debut in super-welterweight action.
Nothing was settled after four rounds as cruiserweights Paul MacKenzie (1-0-1) and Brad Soanes (2-1-1) fought to a 39-37, 37-39, 38-38 draw.
Heavyweight Rob Nichols (3-1 2KO) scores a TKO victory over Ken Frank (6-5-1 2KO) as referee Len Kovisto stops the action at 2:52 of the third round.
Steve MacGillvary makes his pro debut a successful one and wins a 40-36, 39-37, 38-38 majority decsion over Gary Kopas (2-4) in light heavyweight action.
Heavyweight Chad Nielson (1-2) gets his first professional win and scores three knockdowns in the first round over Clayton Gladu (1-6-1) with referee John Braak stopping the action at 2:15.