Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18
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Robert Easter vs. Mikey Garcia
Boxing: Saturday June 28, 2018 (Staples Center)
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Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBC lightweight title.
Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 38-0 record that includes 30 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a March win over Sergey Lipinets. Garcia continues to make a strong case as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world with back-to-back wins over quality fighters, and he looks for his second win of the year. In his recent victory, Garcia landed 46 percent of his power punches and pretty much controlled the fight from start to finish. Garcia is a 30-year-old American who stands at 5’6”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Garcia is known for his punching power and can end things on his terms, despite his last two bouts going to the judges. Garcia has shown lately that he can outbox a talented fighter by breaking them down with his high IQ and patience. Garcia is quickly becoming more of a balanced fighter, who puts his punches tougher cleaner, and that’s putting him in a class of his own. Win this fight, and Garcia is arguably the best boxer within the lightweight division. This will be Garcia’s eighth career fight in California, his birth state.
Robert Easter Jr. enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Easter’s fourth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a January win over Javier Fortuna. Easter is coming off a fight in which he probably should have lost. Fortuna lost in split decision despite having a point taken away from him and outboxing the American for much of the fight. Easter is lucky to still have an undefeated record if we’re being honest. Easter is 27 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 76 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Easter has all of the tools to be great, as he’s athletic, has great hand speed, power and a proven chin. Easter has won each of his last four fights in decision, but his pop can’t be ignored, and he has a history of being effective early in fights. The downside is that Easter was very shaky the last time we saw him, as he struggled with his opponents speed and movement. This is kind of a chance for Easter to redeem himself and make a case he’s still one of the top boxers in this division. This will be Easter’s fourth career fight in California.
I was high on Garcia as we were wrapping up 2017 to the point I had him in my top-10 pound for pound list. He’s done nothing to disappoint me or make me look foolish. Garcia has gone from being a power puncher and looking to end things quickly to managing his power and becoming a pure boxer who can breakdown his opponent for 12 rounds. Garcia is the real deal and deserves more love nationally. Easter has the skills to beat anybody, but he didn’t look good against a lesser opponent and probably should have lost. While he has a serious size advantage in this fight, and Garcia doesn’t have many bigger boxers on his resume, Easter is likely going to struggle with the patience of Garcia and will eat a lot of tough body shots. Garcia is the smarter, more prepared fighter and will make another statement in the ring.
Garcia remains unbeaten.