Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Unification Next, Says Sulaiman

By Rick Reeno

According to World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, his organization was informed that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) will unify with IBF champion Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs).

Garcia captured the WBC title last January with a crushing knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

But then he moved up to the junior welterweight division to win a twelve round decision over Adrian Broner in July of the same year.


Garcia continued his run at junior welterweight by capturing the IBF world title last month, with a twelve round decision over previously undefeated Sergey Lipinets in Texas.

Initially, Garcia had indicated to the International Boxing Federation that he planned to remain at 140-pounds, and would make any necessary defenses. But then a few weeks later he changed his mind and vacated the belt - and also informed the WBC that he planned to move back to 135-pounds to continue forward as their champion.

The WBC has ordered Garcia to make a mandatory defense against Jorge Linares, who also holds the WBA world title. That fight never came to be, after Linares finalized a deal to defend the WBA belt against Vasyl Lomachenko on May 12th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Easter captured the title in September 2016 with a action-packed decision win over Richard Commey. He's made three defense of the title since then - with a February 2017 twelve round decision over Luis Cruz, who hit the deck three times, a twelve round decision win over Denis Shafikov in June 2017, and then a hard-fought split decision win over Javier Fortuna in January. There were many who felt Fortuna had done enough to earn the decision, but even in victory he would have been ineligible to capture the title as he came in overweight at the official weigh-in.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 04-27-2018

[QUOTE=MrClutch85;18703130]Great news If Easter stay at long range use his jab straight right hand and the 1-2 combo he gonna give Mikey that work.Easter by decision[/QUOTE] Mickey Garcia.

Comment by j.razor on 04-27-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18703050]I will be tuning in to see this fight. I'm thinking Robert Easter luck might run out in this fight. He better learn to pump that jab early and often.[/QUOTE] Robert looked like crap in his last fight, couldn't even…

Comment by Chrismart on 04-25-2018

Nice, 2 of the top fighters in the division and belts on the line. I do see Garcia winning fairly comfortably though.

Comment by BLACK KNOT on 04-25-2018

now mikey can get schooled and have his scalp added to lomachenko's collection.

Comment by Beto El Lobo on 04-25-2018

Mikey’s best division is 126-130. No higher than that.

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