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Dejan Zlaticanin: I'm Going To Knock Mikey Garcia Out

Dejan Zlaticanin isn't a household name to many of us. But in his hometown in Montenegro, the man known as 'Dynamite' is known for the power he packs in his punches. 

The 32 year old from Podgoriga, Montenegro believes that the world will finally recognize him after his January 28th bout with Mikey Garcia. During Thursday's media call, Zlaticanin said:

"I'm well known now in Montenegro. After this fight I believe I will be famous not only in my country—but worldwide."

Indeed, Zlaticanin will have that opportunity when he faces former two division champion Garcia in the co-main event of Frampton-Santa Cruz 2 on January 28th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zlaticanin will be defending his WBC featherweight world title for the first time since winning it with a 3rd round TKO of Frank Mamani in June 2016. 

Zlaticanin is unbeaten in 22 fights and has 15 KOs. Garcia too is unbeaten in 35 fights and has 29 KOs. But according to Zlaticanin, Garcia hasn't fought anyone with his size and punching power. Said Garcia via PBC:

“The guys he’s fought were midgets compared to me. I would knock out all of those guys within three or four rounds.”

Zlaticanin will only be Garcia's second bout after a two and a half year hiatus from the sport because of contract problems. In his first bout, Garcia knocked out Elio Rojas in 5 rounds last July. Garcia said on Thursday that  his knockout of Rojas proved he didn't 'skip a beat' and that he's ready for a title shot. The champion disputed that statement though. He made a bold prediction of knocking out his opponent:

"Mikey Garcia needs to win this fight before he looks ahead. Boxing is real life, not a movie. I'm going to catch him & knock him out."

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