17
Jul
2019

Pedraza dominates Klimov, claims IBF title; Zlaticanin stuns Redkach

Phil Jay 14/06/2015

Puerto Rican Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza became a two-time world champion with a comprehensive points win over Andrey Klimov.

Pedraza, 26, added the IBF version to the IBO belt he recently vacated by winning every round in Alabama against the Russian to remain unbeaten.

The result never seemed in doubt from the very first bell as Pedraza clearly had too much skill for Klimov and had no trouble finding the target.

Also on the bill, Ivan Redkach suffered the first defeat of his career as Dejan Zlaticanin secured a date with WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares.

The 29 year-old possessed a standout 18-0 record going into the contest and was highly rated, although Zlaticanin (21-0) was the one who came out with his perfect C.V.

Redkach was cut and hurt in the third round before Zlaticanin unleashed a forceful attack in the fourth, and after dropping the Ukrainian initially, followed it up to secure the stoppage.

Zlaticanin, who also hold a victory in Briton over ex-world title holder Ricky Burns, will now face Venezuelan Linares for the coveted green and gold belt within the next six months.

Earlier, Philadelphian Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams proved too much for Arman Ovsepyan and scored a sixth round stoppage to move to 20-0-1 with 12 KO’s.

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