Easter, several inches taller than Garcia, began jawing at the stone-faced Garcia. Much has been said in the media (and on social media) in recent weeks about former featherweight Garcia wanting to move up to welterweight to fight one of the best world champions there, Errol Spence. It would mean the opportunity to win a world title in a fifth weight division. Their last fight was a split decision victory for Easter, JR., in what was a fairly entertaining and close fight. "I'm here in search of that". It's definitely going to be an easy fight.
Garcia was comfortably ahead in the final round but still tried to get the stoppage victory. No one else is doing that right now. Jabs were fired like pistons but most of the taller fighter's flashy blows touched only air or the gloves.
Garcia scored a knock down in the third round against Easter (21-1, 14 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, who was sent to the canvas for just the second time in his career. Spence is also a skillful boxer with a lot of experience, but Garcia said he is undaunted. Robert had the height and reach advantage and it was pretty hard. I dont know if there is anyone that is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence. He's a terrific fighter.
Maybe it should be recognised that Commey, Shafikov and Fortuna were all far tougher and more awkward opponents than they are given credit for, and that maybe Garcia's more conventional style will suit the OH man. "I hate even saying the word, but it just makes you work twice as hard. I ain't asking for no catch weight either". Essentially, he's facing a small welterweight after rehydration (Easter Jr will probably be around 152lbs on fight night) with nothing to lose because he's expected to. Titleholder Keith Thurman is injured and his return date is not clear, plus when he does come back he first wants a tuneup fight after having not boxed since March 2017. Mikey Garcia went back to 135 and this particular fight because he wants an ultimate showdown with Top Rank boss Bob Arum and his new Manny Pacquiao in Loma.
"He was just a better man tonight", Easter said after the fight. "I take my hat off to Mikey". "Keith Thurman is still recovering and needs a tuneup". He wants to be great. There have been a lot of distractions during my training camps back at home, therefore I knew I had to go out of town.
"He will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beats me", Spence added.
"I feel I have the power and the skill set to compete in any division up to welterweight". I dont really see anything that concerns me.
"Spence is willing to take on all comers, but is a fan of Easter and gives him a good chance to win". "It was a flawless punch around the chin", Garcia said. "Mikey Garcia is one of the best fighters in the sport". Not only is Garcia incredibly sound from a technical standpoint, he's among the most accurate and powerful counter punchers in the division. He's very smart in the ring, but I am always confident in my abilities. He did what he had to do to win these fights and get his name on the pound-for-pound list. "I prepared for the best Robert Easter".
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"My dad's old school", Robert said.
Whenever we step in the ring we are both putting our lives on the line and tonight Mikey was victorious, said Easter, who entered the fight as the longest reigning champion at 135 pounds. You get hit a few times; we are in a fight and [Lipinets] is an undefeated champion. And now he gets the biggest fight of his career.
Barrios improved as the fight went on; he seemed a bit rusty in the early rounds but shook it off progressively.
But in Garcia's successful union with his brother and trainer, Robert, that tension is absent from a sibling bond separated by 13 years. Prior to getting stopped by Lomachenko, which isn't to be scoffed at given that he's the #1 fighter the world, many would have saw Linares Vs Garcia as a 12 round fight with someone winning a decision.
Easter is hoping to surprise anyone too focused on judging him off his most recent outings. "He's a true warrior". "He's an animal, man".
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"Las Vegas is the ideal place", Schaefer said. "I don't know if there is anyone that is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence". I was in control most of the fight, and I did what I had to do.