LOS ANGELES — Mikey Garcia stated he would not look previous Robert Easter Jr., however he additionally made it clear that the combat he actually wished was with Errol Spence Jr. He might get his want quickly.
The WBC light-weight champion defended his title whereas claiming Easter’s IBF title with a dominant efficiency en path to a unanimous-decision victory in Saturday’s fundamental occasion in entrance of 12,560 at Staples Middle.
It was a homecoming of kinds for Oxnard, Calif.-raised Garcia, who hadn’t fought in Los Angeles since June four, 2011, when he stopped Rafael Guzman within the fourth spherical. Lots has modified since then, particularly that Garcia has cemented himself as one of many prime pound-for-pound fighters on the earth. With the gang backing him, the Mexican-American pounded out a call in opposition to a sport, however clearly overmatched, Easter.
The victory comes a bit of over a yr after Garcia outpointed Easter’s pal and mentor Adrien Broner. If Broner had any tips about learn how to combat Garcia, they actually did not come to fruition on this evening.
After a tenuous begin that noticed Easter (21-1) use his 6-Zero body and Eight-inch attain benefit to maintain his opponent at bay, Garcia rapidly adjusted and methodically walked down his taller opponent. As every minute handed, Garcia inched nearer and nearer till he was in firing vary.
Within the third spherical, Garcia minimize unfastened a left hook that dropped Easter and harm him badly. Though Easter made it out of the spherical, it was clear that he underestimated Garcia’s energy and spent the center rounds resigned to surviving moderately than preventing.
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Garcia brilliantly managed the ring, chopping off Easter’s escape routes and pinning him alongside the ropes whereas touchdown energy photographs to the top and physique.
Down large on the scorecards, Easter modified his method and fought hearth with hearth. A wildly entertaining ninth spherical noticed each fighters have their moments. Easter landed a left hand that appeared to stun Garcia and adopted with a salvo of punches. Garcia weathered the storm and fired proper again, wrapping a left hook round Easter’s gloves and ripping photographs to the physique.
Garcia managed what was left of the combat and cruised to judges’ scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109. Throughout his postfight interview, Garcia instantly turned his consideration to welterweight champion Spence, an opponent he has been centered on for fairly a while.
“I am right here for the most important challenges,” Garcia (39-Zero, 30 KOs) stated. “I do not know if there may be anybody that could be a greater problem than Errol Spence. I do know he is as much as combat everybody, so let’s make it occur.”
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Spence is actually the most important problem for Garcia, contemplating that he’s a 147-pounder who may simply compete at 154 kilos. Garcia began his profession as a featherweight and has fought as excessive as 140 kilos. He would clearly be the smaller fighter in a matchup and there are questions as as to if he can cope with Spence’s energy, to not point out that Spence is acknowledged as the way forward for boxing with a singular mixture of measurement, velocity, energy and technical prowess.
None of that issues to Garcia, who has fought most of his profession as the favourite and is interested by seeing what it appears to be like like being an underdog.
“I really feel I’ve the facility and the ability set to compete in any division as much as welterweight,” Garcia stated. “He is the hardest man at welterweight, so I need to face him”
Spence has loads of enterprise to deal with at welterweight; nevertheless, with Danny Garcia dealing with Shawn Porter in September for the WBC title that Keith Thurman vacated due to damage, Terence Crawford preventing on a rival community and promotion, and the truth that no person is aware of when Thurman will probably be able to combat, Spence is in a no-man’s land of kinds.
For that cause, Spence is actually within the prospect of dealing with a fellow pound-for-pound fighter.
“I need that combat,” Spence stated through the Showtime broadcast. “I really feel like that is the very best combat accessible for me proper now with Shawn and Danny preventing in September. Keith Thurman continues to be recovering and desires a tune-up.”
The scale distinction does not hassle Spence, both.
“He is daring to be nice,” Spence continued. “He desires to be nice. He desires to maneuver up and dethrone me and it isn’t going to occur.”
Spence additionally stated that Garcia can be an “simple combat” however did praise Garcia’s capacity. Finally, Spence figures, his measurement can be an excessive amount of if and when the 2 step into the ring.
“I do not actually see something that issues me,” he stated. “He is technically good, however I do not see him hurting me at 147.”
With each fighters focusing on a December date, it seems as if the boxing world will get an enormous showdown between two of the game’s finest.