Interview with Olivia Gerula
Canadian boxing has undertaken a bit of a revolution over the the last few years. One of the boxers that is part of that is Olivia Gerula. A kick boxer before taking up boxing professionally, Gerula has made the transition seamlessly and has achieved great success. She won the world title in her last fight by beating Jelena Mrdjenovich. Yet she is not resting on her laurels and there is a lot she would like to achieve in the sport. Hopefully the next stage of her stage turns out to be as joyous as the last stage and she achieves all her goals and aspirations.
1 You were originally a professional kick boxer before converting to professional boxing. Why did you make the switch?
It was a natural progression from one sport to another. Lack of competition in kickboxing and better opportunities in boxing had a lot to do with the decision.
2 Your last fight was against Jelena Mrdjenovich for the world title. How would you assess your performance against her?
3 Who would you consider your main rivals in your division?
As you can tell my division is stacked with talent. That being said I don't worry about my opponents. I focus on training to the best of my abilities and then pushing it a little more so that when I step into the ring I am well prepared and the best fighter I can be.
4 What would you like to achieve in the next twelve months?
Over the next 12 months I plan to successfully defend the WBC Super Feather Weight Title. My first opportunity being Oct/Nov against Myriam Chomaz in France. I also have my sights set on a highly speculated defence or title unification bout in Peru with the WBA champion Kina Malpartida in early 2010. Other then that there are a few old scores I'd like to settle and a Canadian title I let slip through my fingers but first things first...
5 The boxing scene in Canada has really increased in prominence over the last few years. What improvements have you seen made to the boxing scene there that have helped it enhance its reputation worldwide?
I believe the growth of the sport is directly affected by the growth of skills women are bringing to the table now a days. In my 12 years as a professional boxer it has been a privilege to witness the increase in talent and a thrill to rise to it.
6 Female Boxing, while gaining more recognition worldwide, still does not have the high profile of the mens game. What do you think can be done to improve the profile of womens boxing?
If I knew what would do the trick I wouldn't hesitate to speak up! I am the WBC World Champion and as great of an achievement as that is, how prestigious the honour, there are billions upon billions of people who have no idea I even exist.
I hope there comes a day when female boxers become house hold names and sell out the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with ridiculously obscene paydays. I also hope I'm around to see it!
7 What in your opinion is the toughest part of being a boxer?
I know this comes off sounding harsh but for me there is nothing hard about 'being' a boxer - It's in me. I just am.
8 - If you could have any fight, against any opponent, at any venue, what would it be and why?
Now that Jelena is out of the way, the opponent would be Mia St. John. The venue - anywhere, anytime! We fought to a draw a number of years ago and some trash talking ensued, fallowed by a healthy rivalry. I was very disappointed when she retired. I would love to put that one to rest. How about it Mia?
9 If you were not a boxer, what would you be instead?
Wow loaded question. Currently I am many things besides a boxer but the list is long so I will not elaborate overly much. I have a passion for writing and all things carpentry. One day I may even get around to publishing one of my books or finish building my house. I was a professional athlete at 17 but always thought I'd grow up to be a police officer or a fire-fighter. Both remain strong possibilities and I'm still working on the growing up part.
10 Finally, do you have a message for your fans reading this?
Always follow your dreams. Never be afraid to take the hard road; sometimes the pay off is sweeter and most importantly enjoy the ride, even when it gets a little bumpy!
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