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Photos: Mikey Garcia, Robert Easter - Go Face To Face in LA

WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. (photos by Stephanie Trapp).

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The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will see Garcia look to become a unified champion for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in four weight classes. Easter, who enters with a 5-inch height and 8-inch reach advantage, looks to stamp his name amongst boxing's elite by unifying titles at 27 years old, less than two years after capturing his first belt.

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Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale today at 12 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.

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One of Southern California's most popular fighters, Garcia returns to STAPLES Center for his first fight since becoming a world champion, and his first in California in seven years. Easter returns to the site of his professional debut, having started his career at STAPLES Center in 2012 after serving as an alternate in the London Olympic Games.

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Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., became only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, when he defeated Sergey Lipinets for the IBF 140-pound title in March. The 30-year-old relinquished that title so that he can unify the WBC Lightweight World Championship that he won in January 2017 with a highlight reel knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin

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These wins, combined with a summer 2017 victory over Adrien Broner, have seen Garcia return to the top of pound-for-pound lists after a layoff of two and a half years. Garcia accrued wins over a list of notable names while winning his first two titles at 126 and 130-pounds, including Orlando Salido, Roman Martinez and Juan Manuel Lopez.

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Representing his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) has made three successful defenses since winning his world title in an exciting contest over Richard Commey in 2016. The 27-year-old delivered a fifth-round destruction of former champion Argenis Mendez to earn the title shot, and since winning the title has held off challenges from Javier Fortuna, Denis Shafikov and Luis Cruz to retain his 135-pound belt.

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Easter will be making the move to work with Kevin Cunningham for the first time for this fight and conducting training camp in West Palm Beach with him. Cunningham, the longtime trainer of former world champions such as Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks, spurred Adrien Broner to a strong performance in a draw against Jessie Vargas and Gervonta Davis to a dominant knockout of Jesus Cuellar in their first fights together in April.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Damn Wicked on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18853064]I noticed that too. I wonder what his walk-around weight is.[/QUOTE] I'm guessing somewhere around 154 to 162-ish.

Comment by champion4ever on 06-12-2018

I got Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision; Especially given his championship experience. He is just an overall better fighter than Robert Easter.

Comment by King Arthur on 06-12-2018

The Easter bunnies gonna get his eggs cracked.

Comment by Pusnuts on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;18853741]Power does come from your legs in boxing, particularly your quads while cavs don’t mean too much.[/QUOTE] Calves sorta make you bouncy , like how Pacman was able to get in and out quick, probably help generate power for his…

Comment by deanrw on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18853106][QUOTE=KING5TWENTY;18853100] Man, half of it must go to his face cheeks.[/QUOTE] Nah he loves his food. He normally bloats up into 170+ range. There was an elli video of when they were in Hawaii and he crew was making fun…

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