During Saturday’s Showtime telecast, it was officially announced that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a 135-pound unification showdown on July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Mikey Garcia: “We were fighting at 140 but I always had my mind set act coming back to lightweight. The only fight that made sense was a unification and the fighter available was Robert Easter Jr. He’s a champion and the man to beat. It’s great to be back to finally give my fans here in Southern California a fight. Now that we are I get to give them a unification match and the biggest fight of my career to date…I got my fight on July 28, but there’s been a lot of talk about Lomachenko and me over the past year. If I get through Robert Easter I’d be unified champ and the only other fight that makes sense is Lomachenko.”
Robert Easter: “Lomachenko and Mikey are two skillful guys in the lightweight division and two guys I want to fight. Me and Mikey will do the talking in the ring. My height and my reach will give anyone problems as long as I use them skillfully.”