WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin sees his title defence against Mikey Garcia as a straight shootout when the pair collide on January 28 in Las Vegas.
The Montenegrin puts his coveted green and gold belt on the line for the first time since claiming glory against Franklin Mamani back in June and knows how important a win over a former world ruler like Garcia can be for his reputation.
“This is the most important fight of my career. I expect a tough and ruthless fight,” said Zlaticanin.
“I know how good Mikey Garcia is, but I also know how good I am.
“The fight is not going to reach the final bell; one of us will be knocked out, and I believe it will be Mikey.
“Garcia has never fought a good and strong fighter like me before. He will feel my power on January 28,” he added.
Garcia, 29 is yet to taste defeat in 35 bouts so far, but will only have fought once in four years by the time the two warriors trade blows at the world famous MGM Grand.
Zlaticanin begins a heavy underdog due to Garcia’s credentials as a two-weight world champion, but as the current WBC title holder proved against Ricky Burns, you can never write him off.