Opinion | Jul 26 2018

THE BREAKDOWN Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter

Aarron Morgan looks forward to the Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter lightweight unification
Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter
Mikey Garcia  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

2018 is the year that keeps on giving. Another unification is on the horizon, a fact that seemed to be a fruitless wish amongst boxing fans in years gone by. Now we seem to be anticipating big title unifications every couple of months. The latest to add to the ever-growing list; Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter, the mouth-watering clash between WBC world champion and pound-for-pound contender Garcia and Easter, the IBF world champion. Two undefeated world champions in one of boxings original eight weight classes are set to go head-to-head. It truly doesn’t get much better…

Mikey Garcia comes into the bout lauded as one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, and for good reason. He currently boasts a stellar 38-0 record with 30 of those wins coming by way of knockout.  In his most recent outing the 30-year-old Oxnard native stepped up to the 140lbs weight division to defeat the dangerous Sergey Lipinets and capture a world title in his fourth weight class, thus solidifying his spot among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Following the contest Garcia made the announcement that he would be relinquishing the 140lbs strap and returning to his lightweight stomping ground. Fans of the sport began to salivate in anticipation for a dream fight with fellow pound-for-pound contender Vasyl Lomachenko.

That as of now has been put on hold as Garcia attempts to add the IBF bauble to his ever-impressive trophy cabinet. With this clash against the dangerous and somewhat avoided Robert Easter Jnr, Garcia is risking a potential mega fight in the pursuit of proving that he is the best in the lightweight division without doubt. It is this risk that has elevated Garcia to fan favourite status, it is also this risk that boxing fans have craved and are now being given on a much more regular basis. A terrific, technically sound boxer-puncher, Mikey Garcia displays all the traits of a well-schooled fighter.