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Robert Garcia: The Robert Easter Fight is Mikey's Homecoming

By Ryan Burton

On July 28th, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0) will face IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0) in a unification bout. 

The action takes place at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles and Showtime will televise the fight.

The fight will be Garcia's first fight close to his hometown in Southern California in over 7 years.  His brother and trainer Robert Garcia said that he is planning on putting on a great performance for his local fans.

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"It is going to be an explosive fight. We are training Mikey to go out there and give the fans out in Southern California a great fight. Mikey hasn't done that if I am not mistaken since 2011 when he last fought in Southern California. This is the homecoming for Mikey and hopefully people show up to support because they are going to see an explosive fight," said Garcia.

This will be the second fight of the year for Garcia who defeated Sergey Lipinets via unanimous decision in March to capture the IBF super lightweight title.  After the fight Garcia vacated the title in favor of unifying titles at 135 pounds.

The ambitious four-division champion doesn't plan on stopping there. He is hoping to get into the ring a total of three times in 2018.

Winning a title at 140 against Lipinets and unifying titles at 135 combined with a victory against whoever he fights later in the year would put Mikey in the running for Fighter of the Year but his brother refuses to look too far ahead into what could be the banner year of the younger Garcia's career.

"Right now we are focused on Robert Easter. Hopefully we can get another fight in before the end of the year but right now we are focused on him performing against Easter and then we can look to the next fight," Garcia stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 07-11-2018

[QUOTE=OOOT;18929345]It only seems like he avoided big fights. The truth is hes fought most of this 40 fights at 126 and below, and there hasn't been another big name in his division at the same time. The only notable fight…

Comment by OOOT on 07-11-2018

It only seems like he avoided big fights. The truth is hes fought most of this 40 fights at 126 and below, and there hasn't been another big name in his division at the same time. The only notable fight…

Comment by Corelone on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=TreJac;18927110]Well, Mikey is not a star! I'm not saying he cannot become one but he's had around 40 pro fights and does not have one significant win! Mikey seems like he doesn't want to test himself against the top fighters…

Comment by TreJac on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;18927091]If Garcia is a star he should be able to put up the kind of attendance Bud Crawford does in Nebraska. California is his home state.[/QUOTE]Well, Mikey is not a star! I'm not saying he cannot become one but…

Comment by Butch.McRae on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;18927091]If Garcia is a star he should be able to put up the kind of attendance Bud Crawford does in Nebraska. California is his home state.[/QUOTE] Santa Cruz and Mares did 12,505 at Staples Center Crawford v. Indigo did…

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