Mike Garcia (35-0, 29 Kos) has some very serious concerns about his title challenge this month in 11 days from now against WBC World lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is only the second fight for the 29-year-old Mikey in the last 2 ½ years of his boxing career, as he lost a huge chunk of his career due to promotional problems with his former promoters at Top Rank.
It took a long time for Mikey to finally get free and clear so that he could resume fighting. Garcia came back last July to defeat former world champion Elio Rojas by a 5th round knockout. Garcia looked very good in that fight, but he wasn’t facing a fighter with the kind of talent that he’ll be seeing from the 5’4” Zlaticanin on January 28. That’s the main difference. Zlaticanin is a lot better than Rojas, and he likely would have no problems beating him in the same manner that Garcia did.
Garcia said this to Fighthype.com about his fight against Zlaticanin:
“He puts a lot of pressure on and he walks his opponents down and punishes them, so that makes for a very dangerous fighter,” said Garcia about Zlaticanin. “He’s undefeated, he’s a southpaw, and he’s in his prime, so I’m sure he’s very motivated. I can’t overlook him or take him lightly. He’s the real deal,” said Garcia.
We’ve seen how good Zlaticanin is in his wins over Ricky Burns, Ivan Redkach, Petr Petrov and Franklin Mamani. Zlaticanin not only beat those guys, but he beat them badly and made it look easy. Those are very good fighters.
“The world is going to see that I am one of the best fighters of this generation,” said Garcia. “I want to start 2017 with a bang. This is the first one. I get this title on the 28th and then I want to stay active and fight 2 or 3 more times if possible.”