Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach will take on Dejan “El Dinamita” Zlaticanin in a 12-round eliminator Saturday, June 13, in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) @ Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The bout is part of the Wilder vs Molina event on Showtime starting @ 9pm ET.
With a shot at a lightweight world title on the line, undefeated world-ranked contenders Redkach and Zlaticanin are looking to make big a BIG statement. The winner will becomes the mandatory challenger to Jorge Linares, the WBC 135-pound world champion who registered a 10th-round TKO over then-No. 1 contender Kevin Mitchell on May 30.
Redkach and Zlaticanin are talented southpaws who were both accomplished amateurs in Eastern Europe. Redkach, a 2008 Olympic Games alternate for his native Ukraine, is known for his aggressive and relentless style. The 29-year-old is coming off a sixth-round knockout over Yakubu Amidu last Jan. 9 on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Dejan (pronounced “DAY-han) Zlaticanin is making his U.S. and 2015 debut. Zlaticanin’s most significant victory of his career came two outings ago when, as a prohibitive underdog, he earned a well-deserved 12-round split decision over hometown favorite Ricky Burns, a former two-division world champion.
You don't want to miss this fight. We're expecting fireworks!