Radivoje Kalajdzic/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com
Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs) is undefeated, but on Friday night he’ll be going against a ticked-off fighter who still hasn’t gotten over what he believes was a poor decision. That would be Radivoje Kalajdzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs) – nicknamed “Hot Rod” – in April lost a split-decision to Marcus Browne at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I was very upset after my last fight,” said Kalajdzic, who will take on Peterkin at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. (on Showtime). “I wasn’t really mad necessarily at myself or my team; it was mostly the referee (Tony Chiarantano). Then, afterward when I saw the reaction from the fans, who totally booed the decision – even took their Marcus Browne T-shirts off – I didn’t feel so badly.
“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.”
Peterkin, of Brooklyn, figures this will be a difficult fight to win, but he seems confident enough.
“The key is controlling what goes on in the ring, be smart and listen to my corner,” he said. “I feel this is definitely the toughest fight for me, and for him, too.”