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Lightweights Ivan Redkach and Dejan Zlaticanin will fight in a title elimination bout on the undercard of the fight between heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and Eric Molina on June 13 at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com.
The Redkach-Zlaticanin winner will become the mandatory challenger for the 135-pound world title held by Jorge Linares, who defends the belt against Kevin Mitchell on May 30 in London.
The offensive-minded Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs), a 29-year-old southpaw from Ukraine now fighting out of Los Angeles, looked very sharp in his last fight, a sixth-round knockout in January.
The 31-year-old Zlaticanin (20-0, 13 KOs), also a southpaw, from Montenegro, scored his biggest win two fights ago when he outpointed former titleholder Ricky Burns in last June.
“It should be a very good fight. Redkach is very aggressive and Zlaticanin is no joke,” DiBella said. “I like my guy (Redkach) but he’s fighting an undefeated guy who beat Buns pillar to post.”
DiBella said the bout would be televised either on Showtime or on Showtime Extreme’s coverage of the undercard.
Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) makes his first defense against Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) in the main event with Puerto Rico’s Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) scheduled to face Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs), of Russia, for a vacant junior lightweight belt in the co-feature.
Lightweights Ivan Redkach and Dejan Zlaticanin will fight in a title elimination bout June 13 at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.