Feature | Jul 23 2018

Robert Easter: ‘After people see how I beat Mikey Garcia, I’ll be one of the biggest names in boxing’

Kenneth Bouhairie enters the training camp of Robert Easter and finds a changed man
Robert Easter

ROBERT EASTER will always call Toledo, Ohio home. But in order to grow, he had to uproot himself.

Easter has spent the past 10 weeks training in muggy West Palm Beach, Florida, hoping the different environment changes the forecast for his next bout. On Saturday, July 28, he puts his IBF world lightweight title on the line versus WBC counterpart Mikey Garcia in a unification bout at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

This will be Easter’s first headliner on Showtime Championship Boxing. The magnitude of this opportunity isn’t lost on him. Garcia is a pound-for-pound talent and a heavy betting favorite. Most doubt Easter can pull off the upset. That negative chatter fuels him.