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Who won Zlaticanin vs Garcia?
Mikey Garcia beat Dejan Zlaticanin by knockout in the 3rd round on Saturday 28th January 2017 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBC lightweight championship of the world.
Zlaticanin vs Garcia stats
Back in January 2017, Dejan Zlaticanin stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 22 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Mikey Garcia made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 35 wins and 0 draws, with 29 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Garcia had advantage in power over Zlaticanin, with a 83% knock out percentage over Zlaticanin's 68%.
Dejan Zlaticanin was the older man by 4 years, at 33 years old.
Garcia had a height advantage of 3 inches over Zlaticanin. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Dejan Zlaticanin fought out of the southpaw stance, while Mikey Garcia was an orthodox fighter.
Zlaticanin was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 13 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 1 year and 9 months later than Garcia, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 109 less professional rounds, 139 to Garcia's 248.
Mikey Garcia was ranked number 2 by the WBC in the 135lb division.
Zlaticanin vs Garcia form
Zlaticanin had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Franklin Mamani on 11th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Ivan Redkach on 13th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Bartow Arena, Birmingham.
Going into that contest, he had beat Alex Bone on 25th October 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Mediterranean Sports Centre, Budva, Montenegro.
Before that, he had won against Ricky Burns on 27th June 2014 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
He had beat Asan Yuseinov on 24th August 2013 by knockout in the 1st round at Montenegro, Budva.
Garcia had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Elio Rojas on 30th July 2016 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Barclays Center, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Juan Carlos Burgos on 25th January 2014 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Going into that contest, he had won against Roman Martinez on 9th November 2013 by knockout in the 8th round in their WBO World Junior Lightweight championship fight at American Bank Center, Corpus Christi.
Before that, he had defeated Juan Manuel Lopez on 15th June 2013 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at American Airlines Center, Dallas.
He had beat Orlando Salido on 19th January 2013 by technical decision in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Dejan Zlaticanin had been fighting more than Mikey Garcia.
Going to this contest, Dejan Zlaticanin had last fought 7 months and 17 days ago, while Mikey Garcia's last outing had been 5 months and 29 days ago.
Zlaticanin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6 rounds on average.
Garcia's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time did Zlaticanin vs Garcia start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Zlaticanin vs Garcia?
Zlaticanin vs Garcia was broadcast on ShowTime in the US.
What were the odds on Zlaticanin vs Garcia?
Dejan Zlaticanin was a 2/1 (+200) underdog going into the contest, while Mikey Garcia made his way into the ring at 39/100 (-260) with oddsmakers.