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Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17

Garcia vs. Zlaticanin

Boxing: Saturday, January 28, 2017 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

The Line: Zlaticanin +190 / Garcia -225 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Showtime

Dejan Zlaticanin and Mikey Garcia fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBC World lightweight title.

Dejan Zlaticanin enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Zlaticanin’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Franklin Mamani. Zlaticanin will fight for the third time in the United States and is finally being put on the big stage in possible the biggest match of his career at 32 years old. Zlaticanin does a nice job of mixing in combinations and throwing accurate punches that take its toll on his opponent. Zlaticanin also has clear knockout power with five of his last eight bouts ending in stoppage. Zlaticanin is just now starting to fight some of the big boys in the lightweight division, as much of his resume is against tomato cans, but he’s shown to be a very polished boxer with a very impressive offensive attack. This will be Zlaticanin’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17

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Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 35-0 record that includes 29 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s third fight since 2014, and he’s coming off a July win over Elio Rojas. Garcia looked sharp in his first fight in two and a half years, but it’s important to note it can against an aging Rojas who was also out of the ring forever. It’s no secret that Garcia is one of the top American boxers when active, as he has ridiculous punching power and a high boxing IQ coming from a boxing family. Garcia has won eight of his last 10 fights by knockout and seven of his last nine knockouts came in the seventh round or earlier. Garcia is the real deal, but it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s fighting for just the second time in three years. This will be Garcia’s seventh fight in Las Vegas.

This is going to be a fun fight between two respected names in the lightweight division and two guys who can be very flashy offensively. When it’s all said and done, Garcia is the younger boxer and has proven himself against far better competition over the years. Also, these are the type of bouts Garcia has been waiting for after a long, drawn out contract dispute with Top Rank that took away a chunk of his career. You’re going to see a motivated Garcia in this bout. Zlaticanin is certainly nothing to play with and is capable of an upset, but we haven’t seen him against enough quality boxers to think he can hang in this one.

I like for Garcia to be the boxer to remain undefeated.

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