Mikey Garcia: Not Overlooking Easter; Just Answering Questions

By Keith Idec

The feeling within Robert Easter Jr.’s camp is that Mikey Garcia is looking past the unbeaten IBF lightweight champion.

Garcia has openly discussed possible future fights against lightweight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko and welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford during the buildup toward his lightweight title unification fight versus Easter. According to Garcia, that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking Easter seriously.

The four-division champion explained to that he simply is giving honest answers to reporters’ questions, not disrespecting Easter. Garcia recognizes that their 12-round, 135-pound title unification fight won’t be easy Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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“I’m not overlooking anything,” Garcia said. “I’ve gotta get through him to land any of the fights that I mention. But when anybody asks me a question, I’m replying, I’m answering. When they ask about future fights, I’ve gotta give them my honest answer.

“But I’m not overlooking him. We’re doing all the work in the gym. We’re sparring hard, we’re training hard, we’re running hard. We’re very focused on this upcoming fight against Robert, so I’m not overlooking him. But we do have to speak to the media and answer questions.”

Garcia recognizes that the criticism he has taken for discussing future fights goes with the territory.

“It doesn’t frustrate me,” Garcia said. “I know it’s part of media and just the business. So I’m fine with it. It doesn’t affect me. It doesn’t bother me at all.”

The 30-year-old Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, and the 27-year-old Easter (21-0, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, will fight for Garcia’s WBC lightweight title and Easter’s IBF 135-pound crown. They’ll headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader.

The action is set to start at 10 p.m. ET with a 10-round, 140-pound bout that’ll match San Antonio’s Mario Barrios (21-0, 13 KOs) against Jose Roman (24-2-1, 16 KOs), of Garden Grove, California. In the second televised bout, Cuban heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs, 2 NC) is set to face Romania’s Razvan Cojanu (16-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dle on 07-25-2018

Anybody other than me thinks Mikey May get shocked if Easter rises to the occasion Saturday?

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=Dr.Cool;18964515][B]Do you even watch boxing??? Rigo?!? Rigo is 122 idiot. Rigo ain't moving up to 135.[/B] As for Linares, him and Mikey had an agreement, and a mandatory to fight after Mikey beat Lipinets. Linares straight backed out. Linares ducked…

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 07-24-2018

Here is the thing everyone needs to realize, Mikey saying he wants to fight Spence and Lima Crawford and others is just his way of keeping his name in the media, he has no real intention of fighting them so…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 07-24-2018

Mikey is just answering questions, but by doing so, he is overlooking Easter. Which is hard to blame him, if he has watched any of Easter's fights. Still, he is thinking and planning his future after a victory against Easter.…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18963404]You're doing more than 'answer questions' punk Mickey-Mouse Garcia! You dropping names like a snitch! but you wont fight them! Talking about Rigo, Uchiyama, Linares, Cotto, Spence, Lomachenko GTFO you cherry-picking ass CLOWN![/QUOTE] Do you even watch boxing??? Rigo?!? Rigo…

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