Mikey Garcia Brutally Knocks Out Dejan Zlaticanin in Three

by Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) secured a brutal third round knockout of previously undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin (announced as 18-1, 11 KOs in the arena, but 22-1, 15 KOs on boxrec) to capture the WBC lightweight title.

Garcia now becomes a three division world champion, with titles previously captured at featherweight and super featherweight.

Coming into this fight, Dejan was riding a streak of good wins - including decisions over Petr Petrov, Ricky Burns, Alex Bone, and a knockout of then unbeaten Ivan Redkach.

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For Garcia, this was only his second fight since January of 2014. After finishing a long legal battle with former promoter Top Rank, Garcia returned to the ring last July and stopped former champion Elio Rojas in five rounds.

When the first round began on Saturday night, Garcia was working well behind the jab and allowing Dejan to come forward and picked him off with counters. Garcia continued to land good shots on Dejan as he came forward in the second. Garcia's jab was setting up the punches and he was able to break through Dejan's defense with his straight shots. 

Dejan was staying very cautious at the start of the third. During the action, a huge uppercut that was followed by a hook put Dejan down and full out cold. The referee quickly waved off the fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BaDaBingVIP2 on 01-30-2017

unify 135 with linares/crolla then move up to 140. i hope that crawford moves to 147. can you imagine crawford vs garcia. man that would be a fight! my top two fav active fighters.

Comment by Tom Cruise on 01-30-2017

[QUOTE=Da Boxer;17391177]Verdejo needs to step up and stop fighting barbers and such. I like the dude, but I don't hide the truth. Two thing he needs to do: -Change trainer to a top notch-word class trainer -Stop fighting bums, get…

Comment by Da Boxer on 01-30-2017

[QUOTE=batista84;17389520]I think Easter and Barthelemy arethe touhgest guys out there for Mikey at LW, if Verdejo is the goods he can be a killer too.[/QUOTE] Verdejo needs to step up and stop fighting barbers and such. I like the dude,…

Comment by Da Boxer on 01-30-2017

I would have done a better job than that bum. Another taxi driver goes down by Garcia who is still fighting the smaller man seeking the advantage. Don't like him and never will. The Garcia's are nothing but cheaters. Screw…

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 01-30-2017

I like what I see from Garcia, he made Zlaticanin look average with decent footwork and a great jab. It would have been interesting to see Garcia up against a prime Linares, as of right now I don't think there…

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