Mikey Garcia challenges Dejan Zlaticanin

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Undefeated Mikey Garcia will attempt to win a world title in his third weight class and continue his comeback from a 2 1/2-year unwanted hiatus on Jan. 28 against perhaps the toughest opponent of his career in undefeated WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

“I’m very happy and excited for my next fight,” said Garcia. “I know that Dejan Zlaticanin is a strong, undefeated southpaw, which will make for a great fight. I’m thankful of being afforded another opportunity to show my skills. I’m ready to take on the very best in boxing, and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that I’m better than I was before, and that I’m willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever.

“Fighting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be a great way to start the new year. I’m looking forward to performing under the bright lights on a very big stage. The last time I fought in Las Vegas was four years ago, and all my family, friends and fans traveled there for the fight. I expect the same to happen this time around. Thank you Stephen Espinoza, Lou DiBella, Al Haymon and Team Zlaticanin for making the fight a reality. January 28 will be the beginning of a great year for Team Mikey Garcia. Please know that I’m very appreciative of all my supporters and the best is yet to come.”