Mikey Garcia Ready for Home Coming


Mikey Garcia Ready for Home Coming

Los Angeles (July 10, 2018)- Before Mikey Garcia faces Robert Easter in a unification bout on July 28th he talked to the media at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles. Fighting for Easter’s IBF lightweight title and his own WBC title Garcia said “It’s been seven years since I last had the chance to fight here in LA, and that was even before I was champion. Now after all of my accomplishments, I get to come home and put on a unification match for my local fans.”

When Robert Easter blasted Argenis Mendez in 2016 to become the IBF mandatory, comparisons to Thomas Hearns flew like laundry in the wind as happens to every tall fighter with power.

How times change.

Following three uneventful and closer than expected decision wins Easter finds himself a massive under dog against a Garcia that lists on many top boxing writers mythical pound for pound lists. Gone are the predictions that Easter will have a long reign, and present are the nay sayers.

Easter may have been in tough his last few outings against less than stellar competition but that’s not to discredit what he could be capable of with his height, reach, and power. The size of the event could propel the lanky champion to a new height. Garcia says “This is a big fight for me and I’m sure it’s the biggest fight of Easter’s career so far. I’m glad to hear he’s training extra hard. It shows me that he’s motivated and hungry to show off his very best, just like I am.”

Asked about the physical advantages of Easter Garcia replied “I’m pretty experienced from fighting taller guys in the past, so I don’t think it’s going to make too huge a difference. It’s a disadvantage on paper, but once fight night comes, I’ll be ready.”

Trainer, brother and former champion himself Robert Garcia said of Easter “We don’t listen at any criticism of Easter for having close decisions in his last couple of fights. We know that Easter is going to come in having trained like never before. It’s going to be the best Robert Easter Jr. possible on fight night.”

Promoter Richard Schaefer of Ringstar is bringing another big fight to the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a local favorite. Abner Mares, whose promoted by Schaefer faced fellow LA native Leo Santa Cruz in two solid losses that performed well at the box office.

“Whenever Mikey Garcia fights, it is must-see TV. He’s as good as it gets in the sport. This challenge against Robert Easter Jr. is the kind of fight that can turn you into a boxing fan. This is going to be a barnburner. They say that styles make fights and these two styles are made for each other.”

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Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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