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Easter: Mikey Garcia is Overrated; Broner is Only Name He Beat!

By Keith Idec

Robert Easter Jr. didn’t hesitate.

When asked if he thinks Mikey Garcia is overrated, Easter quickly replied, “Of course.” Garcia has a spot in the top 10 on every credible pound-for-pound list, but Easter doesn’t pay much attention to those lists, nor what fans and media think his upcoming opponent.

According to Easter, Adrien Broner is the only noteworthy win on Garcia’s unblemished record (38-0, 30 KOs). Broner, a former four-division champion and Easter’s close friend, lost a unanimous decision to Garcia in their 12-round, 140-pound fight last July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Easter is certain the outcome of the Garcia-Broner bout would’ve been different if Broner had hired Kevin Cunningham before he fought Garcia, rather than after that defeat. Cunningham now trains Broner and Easter, who moved his training camp from his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to Cunningham’s gym in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the Garcia fight.

“The only name that he has [on his record] is AB,” Easter told BoxingScene.com. “Everybody in the boxing world knows that isn’t the AB you first seen coming out, explosive and all that. That’s not the AB that fought [Garcia]. But he beat him. He got the win. But that’s the only win that he’s got under his belt – no one else.”

The 30-year-old Garcia and the 27-year-old Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) will fight for Garcia’s WBC lightweight title and Easter’s IBF championship July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (Showtime).

Garcia became a four-division champion in his last fight. The Oxnard, California, native out-pointed Kazakhstan’s Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 140-pound bout to win the IBF junior welterweight title March 10 at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

That win wasn’t all that impressive to Easter.

“I look at every fighter the same,” Easter said. “That’s other people thinking he’s bigger than what he is, but not to me. At the end of the day, he has two hands, just like I have two hands, and he’s not better than the next man. Like I said, every fighter is the same in my eyes. It’s just some of them have better stature, I guess.”

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 bigdunny1 on 07-23-2018

And who have you beaten? SMH nobody close to Broner and the best guys on your resume are fights that most feel you lost. Fortuna, Shafikov, Commey aren't even elite fighters and I think you lost all those fights. You…

Comment by PanchoGomez on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;18953321]Damn if Mikey is slow, basic, and predictable how on earth did salido, lopez, martinez, burgos, zlaticanin, broner and lipenets all lose to him by UD or KO? Amazing how those 7 men all got beat by the same 3…

Comment by PanchoGomez on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=dwayne3534;18953669]Slow and not special? You notice how every fighter who talks about Mikey says he is great? He is smooth not slow and has top 5 timing with his punches in all of boxing. Only guys with better timing are…

Comment by My Low Place on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=estebomb;18954191]Are you seriously comparing resumes if these 2, it's not even close. Try something else[/QUOTE] commey, shafikov, fortuna, garcia, and possible commey rematch would be easters last 5 fights if he wins this bout this would be one of the…

Comment by My Low Place on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18954569]I'm telling these newbs on here that Easter is going to give Mikey trouble. They think Mikey is going to just steamroll him.[/QUOTE] it is very likely that mike could, but im maybe easter has gotten it together..im not sure…

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