Mikey Garcia became the 10th lightweight champion to unify the division on Saturday night (July 28), after taking a unanimous decision against Robert Easter Jr. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) dominated Easter, dropping him in the third round and sending him to the canvas for just he second time in his career. A strong right jab put Easter out of position, immediately followed by a perfectly-timed left hook that dropped him.
In the end, all three judges scored the fight in favor of Garcia (118-109, 117-110, 116-111), leading to an easy decision victory in front of 12,560 fans.
After the fight, Garcia called for a fight with Errol Spence Jr. “I’m here for the biggest challenges,” he said. “I don’t know if there is anyone that is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence. I know he’s up to fight everyone, so let’s make it happen. I think it can be made. I think that’s the next big fight coming up.
“I feel I have the power and the skillset to compete in any division up to welterweight. He’s the toughest guy at welterweight so I want to face him.”
Apparently, Spence wants the fight too. The top-five pound-for-pound great told SHOWTIME that he would “definitely” welcome a fight with Garcia. “I feel like that’s the best fight available for me right now with Shawn [Porter] and Danny [Garcia] fighting in September. Keith Thurman is still recovering and needs a tune up.
“He’s daring to be great, he wants to be great, he wants to move up and dethrone me and it’s not going to happen,” Spence added. “It’s definitely going to be an easy fight. [Garcia] will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beats me. He has great skills but I see myself winning. I don’t really see anything that concerns me. He’s technically good, but I don’t see him hurting me at 147.”
For Easter (21-1, 14 KOs), it’s the first loss of his career. He won the IBF lightweight title in Sept. 2016 against Richard Commey and had three successful defenses before losing to Garcia.
Check out highlights from Garcia-Easter below.