Jelena Mrdjenovich after loss to Erika Cruz: “I really feel a little bit cheated”
Jelena Mrdjenovich misplaced the WBA featherweight title to Erika Cruz through technical choice on Thursday evening, and the 38-year-old veteran stated in her post-fight interview on “Contained in the Ropes” that she was upset the struggle was stopped when it was.
“She got here to struggle and go to struggle,” stated Mrdjenovich. “I’m tremendous upset that the struggle was stopped. I acquired away from my recreation plan and it’s disappointing to lose my world title. I struggle properly within the later rounds and I’m upset I didn’t get to indicate that. I’ve been recognized to drop my opponents within the later rounds. I felt I used to be beginning to discover my groove and I’m simply upset.”
Mrdjenovich (41-11-2, 19 KO) had, to place it frivolously, a tough evening on the workplace. A reduce triggered referee Benjy Esteves to ship the struggle to the playing cards early, and whereas it was dominated an unintended head conflict, replays from Ring Metropolis USA indicated it was a clear punch that triggered the reduce. The heads did conflict repeatedly between the fighters.
To say that Mrdjenovich “acquired away from (her) recreation plan” can be an understatement, too. Coach Johnathon Banks implored her between every spherical to field and cease “giving the struggle away,” and when Mrdjenovich complained concerning the stoppage in her nook, Banks stated he didn’t prefer it however couldn’t get too upset as a result of he understood why Esteves made the decision.
Mrdjenovich fought Cruz’s (13-1, 3 KO) struggle all through, and was getting out-worked and labored over for a lot of the struggle. Perhaps the struggle didn’t want to be stopped when it was — we’ve seen worse cuts — however Esteves was proper there with the motion, and it was his name. He’d additionally halted the motion the prior spherical to have the physician check out Mrdjenovich.
Cruz, 30, might now be shifting on to a unification struggle with Amanda Serrano, who was exhibiting watching the bout from dwelling, and lately received on the Ring Metropolis sequence, beating Daniela Bermudez on March 25.
However Mrdjenovich has hopes for a potential rematch, and positively doesn’t sound like she’s thought-about this being her final struggle — one thing Serrano steered it ought to be on Twitter. Mrdjenovich misplaced each spherical on all three judges’ playing cards.
“Generally it doesn’t go your means,” Mrdjenovich stated. “I’m going to lick my wounds a little bit bit and get again to the drafting board. We are going to see a couple of rematch. I really feel a little bit cheated tonight.”