A fight between Robert Easter Jr. and Mikey Garcia, two of boxing’s best lightweights, could be a recipe for a potential “Fight of the Year,” according to Easter.
In an interview with Fightful, Easter said his upcoming clash with Garcia to unify the IBF and WBC lightweight title could end up being one of the most exciting fights of 2018.
“Oh yeah absolutely [this could be a Fight of the Year contender]. He’s a sound guy, a fundamentally sound guy, skillful guy. Myself, I bring excitement to the game. People know I fight, I come to fight. Those style clashing ahead is going to bring a lot of excitement ahead. This is going to be one of those fights people will watch and vote for ‘Fight of the Year,’” Easter said.
The fight between Garcia and Easter is an interesting clash of styles. Garcia has fought many top opponents in his career, most recently against four-division champion Adrien Broner and former IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets, but Garcia has not faced anyone like Easter. As a 5’11” lightweight, Easter is far taller than virtually all of Garcia’s previous opponents and the IBF champion believes his height advantage and unique boxing skills will be the difference maker in their fight fight.
“I’m definitely going to use the size advantage. In the last few fights I’ve been focusing a lot on my height and so we’re going to just work on boxing in this camp. None of his opponents has my style and the level of competition isn’t the same as well,” Easter said.
As far as a prediction is concerned, Easter does not have one as far as the specifics are concerned, but he said he will come out victorious on July 28.
“I pretty much can’t predict if it’s a knockout or a decision, but I can tell you I’m going to come out victorious,” Easter said.
Fightful will have live coverage of Garcia vs. Easter, which is scheduled to headline a Showtime Champion Boxing card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.