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Dejan Zlaticanin: 'I want to fight Beltran, but I don't think Arum will let him fight me!'

Former WBC Lightweight Champion, Dejan Zlaticanin talks to IntuBoxing about what's next in his career.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

June 11th 2016

Dejan Zlaticanin made history by becoming the first Montenegrin to win a world title. The hard-hitting lightweight ran through Bolivian contender, Franklin Mamani like a hot knife through butter, stopping him inside of three rounds at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

Zlaticanin will no doubt be more famous on British shores for rocking the apple cart by being awarded a split decision victory over Scotland's Ricky Burns two years prior in Glasgow. A day Dejan holds very dearly to his heart. 'That's the best day of my life, my wife gave birth to my daughter and a few hours after that, I got in the ring and beat Ricky'.

His place at the top of the lightweight table did not last long, however. Zlaticanin lost his WBC lightweight crown in his very first defence. Many may remember the chilling third-round knockout under the bright lights of the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. Mikey Garcia unleashed a beast of a right hand that left many, myself included fearing for his safety as he remained unconscious for several minutes. But whilst that may have put his career on hold temporarily, it certainly hasn't put him off chasing a rematch with the four-weight world champion. ' 

I asked Dejan how he felt having lost his undefeated record ' The first few days were a little bit strange. That was something new for me, I had never even been I knocked down before that. But with help from my family, my friends and my team everything is good and I’m going to be a champion again.'

Would he ever want to get back in the ring with the man that handed him so many unpleasant firsts?

Of course I want it, I would prove to everyone that night in the MGM wasn’t the real Dejan. I don’t know what happened to me. But in the rematch, it WOULD be a different story.'

So we turn to the present day and what the future will hold for Zlaticanin. With news that the World Boxing Super Series will run a tournament in the super-lightweight division this year, and given he fought his last fight in December of last year at 140-pounds. Would he be tempted if the organisers came calling?

No, they haven't contacted me about it. But If they did I would decline the offer. I feel good at 135 pounds, and I think next year they will be running a tournament in the lightweight division. If so I would like to be in it' 

Zlaticanin will be fighting Robert Ramirez (17-2-1, 12KO) at the Melrose Ballroom in Astoria, New York. However, he has set his sights on regaining a portion of the world lightweight title, with WBO champion, Raymundo Beltran firmly in the Montenegrin's crosshairs. Beltran was slated to fight in a unification bout with Vasyl Lomachenko on August 22nd. But with Lomachenko undergoing surgery this week, Zlaticanin would be only too happy to step in place of the Ukranian. But he does have his doubts as to whether a fight could be made, citing a hesitation from Beltran's promoter to let it happen. 

'For now, it's just talking. I would like to face him, but I think Bob (Arum) will not let him fight me.'

Intuboxing wishes you the very best Dejan!