This a traditional clash of undefeateds takes place Saturday, July 28th@Staples Center, Los Angeles with Mikey Garcia, 38-0, 30 KO looking to unify his WBC lightweight belt with the IBF belt held by Robert Easter Jr, who of course has his own plans for unification.
While this is a solid matchup of current champs willing to risk both their belts and undefeated records, facts are Mikey has looked like a million bucks in every one of his fights, whereas Easter, who in spite of looking tall and dangerous in the mold of a Thomas Hearns, has been looking quite fragile and vulnerable, needing at least a couple of questionable judging decisions to bump him down to this rocky landing.
Meanwhile, as great as Mikey has been looking, and as confident as he has been oozing in public, he may be making a mistake by overlooking this fight in anticipation of his welter debut against Errol Spence Jr, the most formidable monster currently serving time in the welter division. From my perspective from afar, that isn’t even a big fight in the risk vs reward assessment as neither fighter is known by the broader general public in this down cycle of boxing, so why bother with such a dangerous fight clearly out of your weight class?
All I know is Mikey better be ready for the best ever Easter who would be quite formidable enough if he ever got his act together, a relative Goliath in height and reach compared to Mikey. Dreams are a good thing for anyone, but they could quickly turn into a nightmare if not based on the realty of physics of boxing mixed up with the best laid plans of Mice and Men.
Everything could change on fight night the first time either gets hit on the jaw, but I’m going with Mikey here as he continues to move forward with admirable pace for any available big fights as an exceptionally well schooled, stellar P4P fighter extraordinaire in his era. Let’s do it gentlemen!