Former lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin has been inactive since losing his title, but is back on the comeback trail.
Zlaticanin will fight Hevinson Herrera in an eight-round fight at a 139-pound catchweight in the co-feature of promoter Lou DiBella's "Broadway Boxing" card on December 14 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. DiBella said the fight serves to help Zlaticanin build some momentum for 2018 as there are still fights for him at both lightweight and junior welterweight.
"I think there will be big fights for him at 135 and 140 pounds if he comes back strong. This one is to end the year on a positive note and come back next year and get back into the mix quickly. There's going to be a lot of action 135 and 140 and he's the kind of guy who can stay at 135 or do the right fight at 140," DiBella said.
Zlaticanin was the WBC lightweight champion up until January when he got knocked out by current champion Mikey Garcia, who has yet to defend his title. Zlaticanin won the then-vacant title when he stopped Franklin Mamani in three rounds back in June 2016.
Herrera has been a professional boxer since 2005, amassing a 22-13-1 record. Herrera's four-fight win streak was snapped earlier this year when he lost to Roiman Villa back in January. Herrera is a former Colombian super bantamweight champion.
The main event of that December 14 card will be a junior middleweight fight between Patrick Day and Wesley Tucker.