Winnipeg’s own two-time World Champion Olivia “The Predator” Gerula is set to defend her W.I.B.A. Title against Cleveland, Ohio’s Carla Torres, for a talent-filled event brought to you by King John Boxing, on October 22nd, 2015 at Club Regent Casino & Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
This 36-year-old 5’3”, 126 lbs fighter sports an impressive 19 years of professional world class boxing and will be bringing all of that experience with her into the ring. Don’t let the blonde hair, bright smile and ‘girl next door’ persona fool you. She will be packing some powerful punches and when that bell rings – it’s ON!
Gerula trains out of Winnipeg’s Elite Boxing MMA under the trusted coaching of Kent Brown and Dejan Paunovic. Her 16-14-2 record has been earned the hard way stepping into other boxers backyards and fighting around the globe. As much as she enjoys the traveling, fighting in Winnipeg in front of family, friends and Winnipeg boxing fans is always her favorite place to be. Winnipeg has been noted as a stepping stone for Canadian boxers to get their way up into the big leagues, and Olivia, as one of the best in the world in her weight division, is proof that Winnipeg continues to build great fighters.
Less than four weeks out from her October 22nd fight, Gerula’s training regime is in full force. As a certified personal trainer she has the fitness aspect covered. For boxing prep she has her team at Elite. Diet and nutrition are a big part of the process as ‘cutting weight’ is part of boxer protocol. With a minimum of three hours training six days per week, limited carbs and no ‘cheat day’, makes for a highly aggressive predator and a very entertaining show for fight fans!
When fight day arrives Olivia will be focused and determined, allowing her to be as strong as she can be, as quick as she can be and as mean as she can be against her opponent. Coach Brown has been drilling rapid fire combinations and stressing on improved defense. With a different agenda set for each new opponent, Olivia intends to display more of her technical skills in the October 22 bout, while still bringing her predator nature to the ring. Torres is not to be taken lightly and has earned her shot at the champion’s title, but Gerula has other plans. An advocate for women’s boxing a strong role model for young women, and an inspiration to up and coming fighters, Olivia intends to keep the WIBA blue and gold strap around her waist.
Gerula is currently ranked first in Canada and eighth overall in the world in professional boxing. Her sights are set on fighting for the BKB, WBA and WBO Boxing titles next. Crowds have come to expect exciting fights when Olivia is in the ring – both in Winnipeg and around the globe, and this October 22nd title defense bout will be no exception.
Olivia’s goal in the sport of boxing has been clear since day one – she wants to leave a lasting impression on the sport of women’s professional boxing. From her fights around the world to right here in Winnipeg, with her many accomplishments, breaking boundaries and making boxing history she is well on her way and October 22nd will be another opportunity to do just that.
Olivia will be on Global TV Morning News along with her Coach Kent Brown and boxing promoter John Vernaus on Wednesday, September 30. Be sure to tune in to hear more from Olivia leading up to her October 22 fight.
Additional Fight Card Details:
Fight Card to Include (subject to change):
- Michael Brandon (Toronto) vs Stuart McLellan (Williams Lake, BC) – 154 lbs
- Mike Walchuk (Toronto) vs David Whittom (Quebec City) – Heavyweights
- Aaron MacLennan (Winnipeg) vs Roberto Mendozo (Winnipeg) – 147 lbs
- Kyle Oliveira (Winnipeg) vs Stephen Zea (Toronto) – 130 lbs
- Zafar Sacranie (Winnipeg) vs Jama Mohamud (Toronto) – 118 lbs
- Krystian Dzienski (Miami) vs Chad Thrun (Winnipeg) – Heavyweights
- Stan Surmacz-Ahumada (Edmonton) vs Dale Daniels (Winnipeg) – Heavyweights
- Olivia Gerula (Winnipeg) vs Carla Torres (Cleveland, OH) – 126 lbs