Garcia/Easter Jr Set?
Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr appears to be set for January 27th on Showtime Boxing. We reported a possible unification fight between the WBC, Garcia, and Easter Jr, IBF lightweight champions around two weeks ago.
The terms of deal were not disclosed but it has been rumored by several media outlets that Garcia is set to receive as a high as a $3 million guarantee for this fight. Garcia took some ridicule from fans for turning down an unification fight with WBA and Ring magazine champion Jorge Linares early last week. Linares’ team offered Garcia a 50-50 split and were willing to promote the event. If the guarantee is as high as rumored for this fight with the Toledo, Oh native then it is completely understandable.
Garcia is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Easter Jr promoter, Adrien Broner. The Oxnard native moved up to the 140lb division to fight Broner but has expressed his desire to stay at lightweight.
Easter Jr on the other hand is coming off a somewhat controversial decision against Denis Shafikov earlier this year. He has been shown interest in a possible unification with one of the other champions in the division and now he gets his chance.
The fight itself is an interesting fight in which Easter holds almost all the physical advantages whereas most feel the technical advantage goes to Garcia. No matter who wins I’m sure most fans can agree, more unification fights to kick off 2018 is a great way to start.