Entering his second fight after a 2½-year layoff, Mikey Garcia promised that the best part of his career is yet to come. He sure got off to a great start to support that claim.
Dejan Zlaticanin pulls no punches when predicting how he plans to end the first defense of his 135-pound world title against Mikey Garcia.
Mikey Garcia ended a 2½-year ring hiatus in July when he earned a fifth-round stoppage victory over former champion Elio Rojas, but not before first having to stalk the elusive Dominican native for a couple of rounds. As he gears up for his next bout, though, Garcia is pretty certain he won’t need his running shoes.
When Dejan Zlaticanin scored a third-round TKO of Franklin Mamani in June, he became a national hero as the first boxer from Montenegro to win a world championship. Now, he’s looking to raise his profile even further by making the first defense of his 135-pound title.
Despite his status as world champion, Dejan Zlaticanin isn’t as highly regarded as Mikey Garcia heading into their 135-pound title fight. But the Montenegro native says he will get his due once he becomes the first man to stop Garcia.
Devoted boxing fans have long been clamoring for marquee matchups featuring some of the sport’s most gifted fighters. Those fans are about to get their wish.