Exclusive: Zlaticanin gives Burns US ultimatum, prefers Flanagan unification

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WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin has informed WBN that any rematch with Ricky Burns would only be on his terms.

Zlaticanin, 32, was responding to a call-out from Burns, who recently successfully moved up in weight to win a world title at 140 pounds by stopping Michele Di Rocco.

The talented Montenegrin travelled to Burns’ backyard in 2014 and outpointed the Scot at the Braehead Arena, but as yet is not looking at the possibility of moving up himself or indeed heading back to Glasgow.

This means Burns would have to come back down to the lower limit should he want to seal the return with Zlaticanin and also adhere to the 135 pound title holder’s demand to stage the fight in the United States.

“I’m not thinking of moving up right now, I’m lightweight champion and I feel great at that weight,” Zlaticanin exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It’s too early to talk about moving up. I want to defend my title and to collect all the belts, then I can think about that.

“If Ricky Burns wants the rematch he needs to come to the USA anyway. The first time I came to him, so now if he wants it again, he needs to come to me.

“I would like to fight Terry Flanagan as he is the WBO champion and it would be my first step to getting all the belts.

“I would like to face everyone in the lightweight division who holds a title and as we all know, the winner of Jorge Linares v Anthony Crolla is ordered to fight me next so I have the chance to win the WBA belt,” he clarified.

As Flanagan is lined up to defend against Mzonke Fana, a clash with Zlaticanin would have to wait until the autumn, but could conceivably take place around the same time as Linares v Crolla – with the winners then fighting it out for a trio of championships in 2017.