Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr
WBC lightweight world champion, Mikey Garcia, and IBF world champion, Robert Easter, battle it out in Los Angeles, in a unification fight, and a battle of the unbeatens.
Garcia is the favourite, but Easter has a 20 centimetre reach advantages.
The fight begins as a battle of the jabs, Easter, landing his jab more, Garcia, landing a couple of sharp counter jabs. It is Easter who settles down in round 1, landing a few power shots, going to the body, also. Easter lands sharp straight shots the body in round 2, Garcia, hesitant to throw. Garcia is patient in round 2, but possibly frustrated, and Easter lands his jab with enough regularity and sharpness.
Easter starts round 3 with aggression, but doesn't abandon his jab. Garcia applies more pressure, but doesn't do much work. Later in the round, Garcia has a defensive Easter on the ropes, Easter escapes, but Garcia steps in, lands a great right hand, left hook to drop Easter, he gets up, he is hurt, but sees out the short remainder of round 3. A recovered Easter lands clean to start round 4, but Garcia counters. Garcia scores with great jabs, sets up clean power shots. Garcia outboxes Easter in round 4, and finishes the round aggressively.
Easter starts round 5 with straight shots, Garcia blocks well. Round 5 is close, as Garcia lands the counter jab, defends, but is out worked. Garcia lands a couple of clean power punches, but Easter lands the jab and right to the body. Easter throws his jab, and makes Garcia miss with a few power shots. Round 6 starts as a battle of the jabs, but Easter lands a clean right hand upstairs. Easter looks to be starting to outbox Garcia, but Garcia lands a great, clean left hook to the head in the middle minute. Garcia makes Easter work, gets his own jab working, but then has Easter on the ropes, doesn't land much clean.
Easter starts round 7 with activity, but Garcia defends. Easter lands his jab again, and frustrates Garcia by landing sharp jabs, being mobile, but Garcia closes the gap with a jab and uppercut. Garcia blasts the jab through Easter's guard, and lands a jab, followed by a flush right hand to the jaw. They outjab each other, Garcia walks into a short upperut, but then lands a brilliant 1, 2. Easter starts round 8 with the jab, uses it well, Garcia lands his jab less often but with more accuracy and sharpness. Garcia starts to walk Easter down, but it is Easter, moving, Garcia, gradually closing distance, and it is tentative. Garcia closes round 8 aggressively.
Garcia backs Easter to the ropes to start round 9, and fires away with a great 4 punch, clean body/head combination. Easter and Garcia slug it out in round 9, and it is Garcia who lands more, lands with more power. Garcia smashes straight shots through the guard, bashes away at the body, Easter lands shots as well. Garcia lands jarring jabs late in round 9, and finishes the round on the attack. Garcia lands good jabs on the front foot early in round 10, but then starts to cut the ring off, land decent power shots. Easter is inactive in round 10, Garcia lands good left hooks to body and head. Garcia starts to punish a clearly fatuiged Easter with hard, clean power shots in clusters as he traps him.
Easter tries the jab again in round 11. A patient Garcia waits for the opening and the right distance, and lands a clean right hand. Garcia has success with the 1, 2, and lands a big right hand flush as he traps Easter. Garcia punishes Easter by the ropes. In centre ring, Garcia is is brilliant with the jab, cross in round 11. Garcia lands a lead left hook early in round 12, then lands the right hand, stepping in with his shots. Garcia sustains consistent pressure, he lands the jab, Easter misses before Garcia lands a great right hand flush on the jaw. Garcia lands a hard jab, and tries to knock a tired Easter out as he has him on the ropes. Garcia and Easter take it to each other in the closing stages of the fight, and Garcia gets the best of it.
It seems as if Mikey Garcia has won the fight, and won it very clearly, meaning he would unify the titles. Steve Farhood scores the fight very wide in Garcia's favour. Team Garcia seem very confident, very happy, Team Easter seem to know they've lost.
Garcia wins a unanimous decision, all 3 judges, scoring him a wide winner, awarding him the victory, and the IBF title. Garcia becomes a two belt world champion.
Mikey Garcia calls out IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr, in his post fight interview, not concerned about the size difference, but just eager to fight one of the most dangerous and feared fighters in boxing. Robert Easter shows a lot of class and sportsmanship in defeat, takes the loss very well.