Boxing Preview – Ivan Redkach vs Dejan Zlaticanin

Boxing Preview – Ivan Redkach vs Dejan Zlaticanin

1am) Ivan Redkach vs Dejan Zlaticanin

After having the single card last weekend, Boxing is very much back this weekend with a selection of cards across the globe. We will be focusing on the card in Birmingham, Alabama however. One of the fights on the undercard boasts one of the most attractive bouts of the night, as two Eastern-European scrappers will be going to war. The best Boxer from Montenegro, Dejan Zlaticanin, seeks to defy the odds again as he takes on the Ukrainian fighting out of Los Angeles, Ivan Redkach.

We believe Zlaticanin will win the fight, which is currently priced at 8/5 with 888 Sport. If you ‘Treble the Odds’ on that first bet, a £10 stake could return £78.60. Sign up here or click the banner to get this offer. 

The undefeated 29-year-old Ivan Redkach has started turning a few heads in the Boxing World as of late. The lightweight is within the top thirty of his division right now and will likely be climbing into the top fifteen in the next one or two years based on how his performances have been in his 18 fight undefeated career thus far. With 14 stoppage wins under his belt, he’s well on his way to making big moves in the lightweights. He’s earned decisions over 17-1 Tony Luis and 41-2 Sergey Gulyakevich with relative ease, and a stoppage victory over Yakubu Amidu in his last three outings.

Redkach is a very offensive-minded Boxer. He’s a southpaw who thrives when attacking ruthlessly and relentlessly. Redkach throws a lot of snappy combinations to the body and will regularly seek to immobilise his opponent by inflicting offences on the body early on. He will cut off the ring and produce a large punch output. Redkach has largely yet to be tested however, and Zlaticanin has that experience on his side by getting wins over named opposition. This will be a big test for Redkach to see if he can adapt his style.

Dejan Zlaticanin is a sporting talisman in his home country of Montenegro which doesn’t produce many great athletes and certainly not Boxers. The 31-year-old is also undefeated and currently ranked top ten in the division. With 20 wins, and 13 stoppages, he still goes into this tilt at the underdog. Zlaticanin earned a strong decision victory over Petr Petrov in April 2013, knocked out Asan Yuseinov in August 2014, then shocked the world after putting Ricky Burns on the canvas in the first round, cruising to a split decision victory in Burns’ hometown of Glasgow in June 2014, in what was seen as a tune-up fight for Burns. Zlaticanin most recently earned a one-sided decision against Alex Bone in October 2014 after flooring Bone twice.


Zlaticanin and Redkach are quite similar in their styles. Zlaticanin loves to apply pressure on his opposition by trying to come forward and apply the pressure to force them back. He’s fairly short but is a great slugger, and will actively find his way on the inside to force a brawl. But his range is good also and can control the fight at a distance. That being said, his small frame might be a problem if Redkach can establish his jab to set him up for the combinations later in the fight, and his head movement is a little stationary also.


This will likely be up there as one of the fights of the night which everyone who watched will remember, stealing the spotlight from the main event and upper-card fights. These two boast similar styles and the explosiveness of both of them will put on a type of bout which the casuals enjoy watching, but also just reaffirming the love of the sport from the hardcore fans who will appreciate the two warriors. With that being said, this is a hard fight to call.

Redkach is the favourite because he’s shown the willingness to break down the walls of a veteran like he did in his last fight, but not a veteran that really tested him. For that reason, I’m siding with Zlaticanin in this tilt. Zlaticanin has shown that his punches have some fire behind them and Redkach has never really been set alight yet, nor has his ability to adapt to different opposition been tested. Zlaticanin has proven that he’s got the tools to adapt and win fights, and no one has proven him wrong thus far. I think Redkach will get the best of the action early on before Zlaticanin takes over after three or four rounds, adapting his game plan to offset Redkach’s power and then Boxing his way to a close decision victory, or possibly a late stoppage. Zlaticanin to win.

Dan Glozier.




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