Undefeated Boxers Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. set for Unification Bout
Lightweight world champions Mike Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. will put their undefeated records and belts on the line this Saturday in Los Angeles.
Updated: July 27, 2018 • 10:15 AM ET
Mikey Garcia is looking to preserve his undefeated record.
Championship boxing will take over the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, as WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia will take on IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. in a unification bout. The winner of the fight could be set up for a super unification bout against pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, who is the WBA lightweight champion.
Garcia is undefeated at 38-0 with 30 KOs, and he’s widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. The 30-year-old Ventura, Calif. native is excited about getting such an important fight close to home.
"I wanted to get a fight here at home, and it happens to be the biggest fight of my career," Garcia said via ESPN last month. "Right now at lightweight,
there's no bigger challenge than Robert Easter."
Garcia has been a four-weight world champion and previously held the WBO featherweight title, WBO junior lightweight title, and most recently the IBF and lineal light welterweight titles. He most recently defeated Sergey Lipinets in March by unanimous decision.
Garcia, ranked fifth in The Ring’s pound-for-pound list, has also defeated fighters such as Adrien Broner, Juan Carlos Burgos, Roman Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido. He also likely has a better chance to land a match with Lomachenko because of his pound-for-pound ranking, should he win on Saturday. However, Saturday’s task won’t be easy.
Easter is also undefeated at 21-0 with 14 KO’s, and the 27-year-old will defend the IBF belt for the fourth time. He most recently defeated Javier Fortuna by split decision in January, a fight that many didn’t expect to be so close. His other two title defenses were unanimous decision victories over Luis Cruz and Denis Shafikov.
Easter will be looking for his first finish since 2016 when he defeated Argenis Mendez by fifth-round TKO. For Saturday’s fight, he has traveled outside of his comfort zone and home gym in Toledo, Ohio to Florida to work with renowned trainer Kevin Cunningham.
“It’s a different focus,” Easter said via the Toledo Blade. “Usually my training camp is what, six weeks? But I told myself I was going to go early because I wanted the extra weeks and that extra time with Coach Kev, learning his program and just adjusting to being out of town all the time.”
He added, “That’s what it was — I was getting too comfortable. That’s another reason I made my training camp out of town.”
Standing at 5-foot-11, which is significantly tall for the division, Easter will bring a significant reach and height advantage over Garcia, who stands 5-foot-6. If he can use his length to his advantage and get a victory over Garcia, it will be the biggest of his career and considered by many to be an upset.
• The title fight and main card can be seen on Showtime on July 28 at 10 p.m.
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