WBC lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia captured the IBF lightweight belt on Saturday night, dominating the previously unbeaten Robert Easter for a clear unanimous decision victory.
Garcia (39-0) knocked down Easter in the third round and controlled long stretches of the bout at Staples Center. The judges all favored Garcia, scoring it 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109.
The 30-year-old Garcia has been a world champion in four weight classes, and his combination of precision and power was too much for Easter (21-1).
Garcia couldn't get his first knockout since January 2017, but still delivered another outstanding performance.
Garcia also got better as the fight progressed. In the final four rounds, Garcia out-landed Easter 95-34 in total punches and ended the fight being the more active fighter, throwing 555 punches to Easter's 507.
Garcia had a 2 1/2-year layoff from his sport due to a promoter dispute, but he is 5-0 since returning to the ring in 2016. He is one of only three fighters in modern history to hold world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds, joining Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao,
Garcia won the vacant IBF 140-pound title in March to become a four-division world champion, only to relinquish the title to return to 135 pounds to face Easter.
Now Garcia wants to jump up by two weight divisions to fight IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.
Spence, regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport, was ringside for Garcia's win on Saturday.
He embraces the opportunity to fight Garcia in the fall.
"He's daring to be great, he wants to be great, he wants to move up and dethrone me and it's not going to happen. It's definitely going to be an easy fight. [Garcia] will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beats me. He has great skills but I see myself winning. I don't really see anything that concerns me. He's technically good, but I don't see him hurting me at 147."