On Friday, Sept. 23 Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), will take on undefeated Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight scrap live at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The entire quadrupleheader will air exclusively on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is the main event of the network’s ‘ShoBox: The New Generation’ series.
Kalajdzic, hailing from St. Petersburg, Fla., suffered what many deemed to be “a controversial decision” in a loss to unbeaten Marcus Browne back in April, is looking to recover from the first loss of his career against Peterkin.
“This is my second 10-round fight and it is against another unbeaten southpaw from New York. I’m looking forward to this fight and I’m anxious to look ahead,” Kalajdzic told reporters at Thursday’s weigh-in before the fight. “On Friday I want to come in and look great and hopefully stop this guy. I want to look better and cleaner than I did against Browne. I fought OK against Browne, but I should have used my jab more and not allowed him to grab and hold me so much.”
Still, Kalajdzic knows it won’t be an easy bout against the undefeated Peterkin.
“Peterkin is undefeated, durable and coming to win,” Kalajdzic said. “I expect a very tough fight. But everything is going according to plan. I had about sixth months of preparation. The errors I made in my last fight have been fixed. They won’t happen again. I have an opportunity in this fight to erase all the bitter memories of my last fight.’’
Peterkin, from Brooklyn, New York, whose last fight came against Larry Pryor (a win by unanimous decision) in March of this year, is also expecting a tough challenge from his opponent on Friday night.
“Now ‘Hot Rod’ gets me, and this is a tremendous opportunity for me,” Peterkin said. “He’s a good fighter and should have a zero there on his losses. He has power and is a decent counter-puncher. But we’ve prepared for him. We’re coming to win, box or brawl. This has been one of my best camps in a long time. I’m confident of a win.”
The other fights on the card on Friday night are:
10 Rounds – Junior Lightweight
Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs, 7-1 WSB)
6 Rounds – Heavyweight
Trey Lippe Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs) vs. Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs)
6 Rounds – Welterweight
Ivan “The Volk” Golub (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (23-2, 16 KOs)
You can catch the entire card live on Showtime, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.