By Paul Webb (@Paul_FCBoxing)
Alabama may be a long way from Dejan Zlaticanin’s (21-0, 14KOs) native Montenegro but he looked very much at home at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, stopping Ivan Redkach (18-1, 14KOs) inside four rounds.
In a clash of unbeaten southpaws it was Zlaticanin who controlled the pace and distance from the opening bell, but it was a surprise to see the fight come to its quick conclusion.
A left hand dropped Redkach midway through the fourth and, despite a lengthy count, he struggled to recover, taking several unanswered shots before the referee stepped in and waived the fight away.
Both men entered the ring unbeaten but Redkach was considered the bigger puncher and was the bookies’ favourite.
But as Ricky Burns can testify, the relentless, aggressive style of the Montenegrin was just too much to handle.
The fight was an official eliminator for the WBC lightweight title held by Jorge Linares (39-3 26KO’s), It’s likely that Zlaticanin may have to wait his turn for a shot but with a crowd-pleasing style and Al Haymon signing his deals, he finds himself in a fantastic position.by