LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION MIKEY GARCIA VS. UNDEFEATED ROBER EASTER JR.
WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will see Garcia look to become a unified champion for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in four weight classes, while Easter looks to stamp his name amongst boxing’s elite by unifying titles at 27-years-old, less than two years after capturing his first belt.
Mikey has won all four of his fights since coming back from his 2 ½ year layoff in 2016. His wins have come against Elio Rojas, Dejan Zlaticanin, Adrien Broner and Sergey Lipinets. Mikey wasn’t that impressive against Lipinets last March. Lipinets gave Mikey all he could handle in landing a lot of heavy shots. Afterwards, Mikey’s face was badly marked up. There’s no way you can look at that fight and say that Mikey shined, because he was lucky to get the victory. Mikey’s power did not carry up with him to 140, even though he was given the victory by the scores 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110. Those scores were way too wide for the fight that took place. At best, Mikey won by 2 rounds. At worst, you can call it a draw. Moving back down to 135 will be good for Garcia, because he belongs at lightweight. Mikey does NOT belong at 140, and the boxing fans would see that if he tried tangling with Regis Prograis. That would be a terrible mismatch. Mikey is too weak for Prograis, and he’d likely wind up getting knocked out like Julius Indongo did last March.