Reading, PA - Former lightweight world champion Robert Easter, Jr. was victorious in his debut at super lightweight, winning a unanimous decision over Adrian Granados in an all-action fight scored 97-93, 98-92, 100-90.
Easter (22-1-1 14 KOs), who lost his lightweight title in a unification with Mikey Garcia in 2018, was matched for his first fight a super lightweight against one of boxing's most aggressive, come-forward fighters and the result did not disappoint.
Granados charged forward from the opening bell, pressing on the inside against his rangy, 5-foot-11 opponent. In the first half of the fight, Easter pocketed rounds while fighting from a distance, leaning on his speed to win the first four rounds on all three judges' scorecards. But the fight seemed to change tides at the midway point, with Granados able to force the bout to be contested at close range. Rounds seven through 10 featured tremendous, back-and-forth exchanges and the more active Granados seemed to get the better of the exchanges.
The fighters combined to throw 1,815 combined total punches and 1,379 combined power punches across 12 rounds.
"We knew he was going to be a hell of a warrior in there," Easter said. "That's what we train for. This was no ordinary opponent and we knew he was going to bring it. I wasn't surprised because that's what he does. You've seen him fight with the best of the best and he threw down. I knew he was going to throw punches in bunches.
"This was a hell of a test for me at 140 and I felt strong. I'm not calling out anybody specifically, but you know there are champions in this weight class and I'm coming for all the belts. Line 'em up."
One of boxing's most reliable action fighters, Granados (20-8-2, 13 KOs) threw more punches and connected more and was once again frustrated with a decision that did not go his way.
"I'm speechless. I felt like I won the fight," Granados said. "That 100 to 90? Come on now.
"I'm tired of the same old story. It was clear that I controlled the fight. He never had me hurt. That was embarrassing.
"I can't control the judging. It's very frustrating. I have a dream to be a world champion and it just seems like it's not cutting out for me. But I have the heart of a champion and I'm not giving up."