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Easter-Fortuna Added to Spence-Peterson Card 1/20 at Barclays

By Keith Idec

Robert Easter Jr. had hoped to battle Mikey Garcia next in what would’ve been a lightweight title unification bout between unbeaten champions.

Easter will settle for facing former 130-pound champion Javier Fortuna on January 20. According to multiple reports Thursday, the undefeated Easter will defend his IBF 135-pound championship against Fortuna on the Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson undercard next month at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Showtime is expected to televise the Easter-Fortuna fight as part of a telecast headlined by Spence’s first defense of the IBF welterweight title.

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A source confirmed to BoxingScene.com that a deal is in place for the Easter-Fortuna fight. An official announcement is expected within the next week.

Garcia, meanwhile, has decided to remain at 140 pounds for a fight against IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets. Showtime announced Thursday that Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) will make the first defense of the title he won November 4 against Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, on February 10 at Alamodome in San Antonio.

Easter didn’t mention Garcia or Fortuna by name, but sent out a Tweet on Wednesday night in reference to his January 20 fight. It read: They ain’t gone be able to Run for long but for now we gotta focus on Jan. 20th at the Barclays someone was brave enough to get this a** whooping! #ManDown

By facing Fortuna, the 26-year-old Easter (20-0, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, will make the third defense of the IBF 135-pound championship he won by beating Ghana’s Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KOs) by split decision in September 2016.

The Dominican Republic’s Fortuna, 28, has moved up from the super featherweight division to square off against Easter in this lightweight title fight. Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) is 4-0 since Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) stopped him in the 11th round to take the WBA 130-pound championship from Fortuna in June 2016 in Beijing, China.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chaosisme on 01-20-2018

[QUOTE=chaosisme;18335545]Not a horrible fight. I don't consider Easter some elite-level guy. To be honest, Fortuna has fought more guys that I'm familiar with. The only guys I know on Easter's record are Shafikov, Argenis Mendes, and Daniel Attah. Fortuna has…

Comment by lolpz on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18336840]It's not because they're black lol. Didn't Loma get no credit for making Jason Sosa quit? At 130? Because Jason Sosa, they said ON THIS FORUM, is a bum? Well guess what, Jason Sosa knocked out Javier Fortuna. Now…

Comment by BennyBlanco on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;18335627]really? remember when pbc fanboys complained when loma fought jason sosa? the guy that just blasted out fortuna. maybe its strange to see the same people who criticized that fight now saying this is a solid fight. maybe pbc fans…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=lolpz;18335611]It's honestly pathetic what they do. Not to bring the race card but I swear it's cause they're black...(the fighter) lol, like it's ridiculous. I NEVER thought I'd see the day NSB complains about a fight like Robert Easter Jr.…

Comment by lolpz on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;18335627]really? remember when pbc fanboys complained when loma fought jason sosa? the guy that just blasted out fortuna. maybe its strange to see the same people who criticized that fight now saying this is a solid fight. maybe pbc fans…

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