Report: World title shot for Mikey Garcia added to Frampton-Santa Cruz card
By Daniel Zaldivar
October 21, 2016
In only his second bout since his return after a two-year absence from the ring, Mikey Garcia will challenge Dejan Zlaticanin for his WBC lightweight world title on the rematch card of Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz in January of 2017.
This will be the second consecutive time that Garcia, 28, will headline the co-feature of a Frampton-Santa Cruz bout, as the first event occurred back in July in New York. Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) just recently captured his first world title in defeating Franklin Mamani in June of this year. The event will be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) knocked out Elio Rojas in his return earlier this year in a fight at 140 pounds, but stated in the post-fight interview that he planned on moving back down to 135 and hoped to get a title shot. If Garcia can get passed Zlaticanin, then potential unification bouts with the likes of Terry Flanagan and 25-year-old Robert Easter Jr. of Ohio could be in store for the future, assuming all maintain their respective world titles.
Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) is looking to make it two in a row against Santa Cruz after gaining the hard-fought majority decision in their first encounter. Frampton stated after his victory that he had wanted a possible rematch back in his home country of Ireland, however, in a surprising turn of events, the fight will be on the west coast where Santa Cruz is from.
The event will reportedly be on Saturday January 28, once again on the Showtime network.
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(Feature photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME)