By Ryan Burton
Last week a media day was held for WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0) in Southern California. While speaking to reporters, the four-division champion reiterated his desire to face IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
Before a fight against Spence has any chance of coming to fruition, Garcia must first get past IBF lightweight champion Robert "E-Bunny" (21-0) on Saturday.
Their fight will headline a Showtime tripleheader that takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz will face Razvan Cojanu, and undefeated Mario Barrios takes on Jose Roman.
Garcia is the big betting favorite but Easter's trainer Kevin Cunningham says that the hometown fighter is in for a big surprise.
"Bunny’s going to be a problem for Mikey big time! Just wait and see," Cunningham told BoxingScene.com.
Cunningham, who also trains Devon Alexander and recently started working with Gervonta Davis and Adrien Broner, believes that Garcia is already looking past his fighter. Easter has not looked as sharp as he used to in his past two fights.
This will be Cunningham's first fight in Easter's corner and he is confident that Garcia is in for a rude awakening.
"It’s obvious that team Garcia is over looking Easter. They’re talking about fights with (Vasily) Lomachenko and Spence as if July 28th is going to be a cakewalk. I guarantee that this will be a fight that Mikey wished he never accepted," said Cunningham.
Garcia last fought in March when he outpointed Sergey Lipinets to win the IBF super lightweight title. Easter was last in the ring in January when he squeaked by Javier Fortuna with a split decision victory.
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