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Easter: I Want to Fight Mikey Garcia Next; It's Time to Unify

By Keith Idec

Mikey Garcia reiterated early Sunday morning that Jorge Linares remains the lightweight champion he wants to fight most.

Linares, however, could be headed toward a defense of his WBC title against Vasyl Lomachenko on May 12 at Madison Square Garden. If Lomachenko-Linares materializes and Garcia indeed moves back down to the 135-pound division for his next fight, Robert Easter Jr. gladly will accept that challenge.

“We’re looking forward to fighting Mikey Garcia [next],” Easter, the IBF lightweight champ, said during Showtime’s telecast Saturday night from San Antonio. “That’s a fight I’ve been looking for for a long time. That one fighter [at 135 for Garcia] should be me, though. I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to fight and we both have belts. It’s time to unify.”

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The 30-year-old Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) became a world champion in a fourth weight class Saturday night by beating Sergey Lipinets. Garcia dropped Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) during the seventh round and won a 12-round unanimous decision to take the IBF junior welterweight championship from him at Freeman Coliseum.

Easter (21-0, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, most recently edged the Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs, 1 NC) by split decision January 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Garcia, of Oxnard, California, said before beating Lipinets that he would fight Easter if he couldn’t make a fight against Linares. Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez was negotiating with Garcia to face Venezuela’s Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) before Garcia took the Lipinets fight.

“I think in the immediate future I wanna come down to 135 and unify the titles there,” Garcia said during the post-fight press conference in San Antonio. “One last time at 135. … I think the fight that interests me the most at lightweight right now is Linares. And he has shown interest in recent times, so I wish we can get that fight.”

If Garcia goes in a different direction than Easter for whatever reason, Easter likely will have to fight Richard Commey again later this year.

Ghana’s Commey (26-2, 23 KOs) knocked out Mexico’s Alejandro Luna (22-1, 15 KOs) in the sixth round of an IBF lightweight elimination match on the Garcia-Lipinets undercard. Easter defeated Commey by split decision in an entertaining 12-round fight to win the then-vacant IBF 135-pound championship 18 months ago in Reading, Pennsylvania.

“Like I said, we’re looking forward to the Mikey Garcia fight,” Easter said. “And if that opportunity don’t come, then yeah, we could fight Richard Commey again. You know, I never duck and dodge nobody.”

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 JRB123 on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18566413]Bunny needs a "get right" fight! Comney is a perfect way to do it! There's precedent. Floyd vs. Castillo 2, Floyd vs. Maidana 2! Go make your statement! If not Comney, go to 140! Bunny is tall enough! Dare to…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=factsarenice;18567997]The problem for Mikey is that both Beltran and Linares would rather wait to fight Lomachenko. Mikey simply won't get a fight with either guy as long as Lomachenko is a possibility.[/QUOTE]Linares is ready for Loma RIGHT NOW! If Linares…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 03-13-2018

Robert Easter has been barely getting by in his last couple fights. I don't think he beats Garcia. He's slacking on his training or needs a new trainer one. I don't expect Easter to be champion much longer unless he…

Comment by factsarenice on 03-12-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18566250]Easter Jr. hurt his brand by letting Javier Fortuna make him look very average! Mikey should fall back and wait for Linares vs. Lomachenko winner, or fight Linares if Arum decides to make Beltran vs. Lomachenko! Easter Jr. vs. Comney!…

Comment by factsarenice on 03-12-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18565721]Preaching to the choir a lil bit with this one. I'm of the belief Mikey straight jacked Arum's jedi mind trick of mentioning himself with other fighters in better positions then him or who are well thought of &…

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