WBO Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) and IBF Lightweight titleholder Robert Easter, Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) stood face-to-face for the first time at their first official press conference. When not staring each other down, the boxers offered their thoughts in advance of their much-anticipated duel on July 28th on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING .
Garcia talked about unifying the lightweight belts and cementing his legacy with a victory over the undefeated Easter. Easter discussed studying film and developing his craft in his preparations for the fight. Then the fighters stood toe-to-toe, each with a championship belt draped over their shoulders. The height disparity is considerable. Easter also has an 8-inch reach advantage over Garcia. If styles make fights, so do sizes. Garcia will have to use all of his considerable skill to counter Easter’s height and reach advantages.
Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) won the title in Jan. 2017, knocking out Dejan Zlatičanin in the third round. He moved up to 140 pounds in July of that year, defeating Adrien Broner by unanimous decision. Instead of going back down to 135 pounds, Garcia remained at junior welterweight and beat Sergey Lipinets to win the IBF belt in March to win his fourth world title in four different weight classes.
Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) captured the vacant belt from Richard Commey in Sept. 2016. He’s gone on to make three consecutive title defenses, winning all of them via decision over Luis Cruz, Denis Shafikov and Javier Fortuna.
Garcia vs. Easter fight date, location
NAME : Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter
DATE : Saturday 28 July
TIME : 10PM ET Eastern Time / 7PM PT
VENUE : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
COMPETITION : Showtime Boxing
How to watch Garcia vs. Easter live
The Garcia vs. Easter fight can be seen on Showtime starting at 10 p.m. ET. The card will be available online at sportzkickoff.com.
Mikey Garcia, Robert Easter records
Mikey Garcia: 38-0 with 30 knockouts.
Robert Easter: 21-0 with 14 knockouts.
Garcia vs. Easter fight card
Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. in WBC/IBF Lightweight title unification
Luis Ortiz vs. Razvan Cojanu; Heavyweights
Mario Barrios vs. Jose Roman; Junior Welterweights
Roberto Marroquin vs. Ricardo Nunez; Lightweights
Jamontay Clark vs. Terrell Williams; Welterweights
Fabian Maidana vs. Andrey Klimov; Junior Welterweights