Robert Easter Jr. vs. Rances Barthelemy
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Line: Barthelemy +569 / Easter -801 -- Over/Under:
Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy fight Saturday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the WBA (Regular) and IBO lightweight titles.
Robert Easter Jr. enters this fight with a 21-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Easter has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a July loss to Mikey Garcia. Easter is coming off the first loss of his career, a bout in which he just couldn’t get comfortable and really struggled toward the end of the fight. Easter did land 129 punches against the quality Garcia, but it was nothing to make a real difference in the title fight. You take his bout against Javier Fortuna, and Easter should probably be riding a two-fight losing streak entering this contest. Easter is 28 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 76-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Easter is a tough matchup for opponents due to his size and reach, as he controls distance well and can be very tough to hit. When aggressive, Easter puts combinations together well and has some of the most underrated hand speed in the sport. Easter has seen each of his last five bouts end in decision, but he does have some pop in his hands and is a different fighter when he actually lets his right hand go. This will be Easter’s fifth career fight in Nevada.
Rances Barthelemy enters this fight with a 27-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Barthelemy has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Robert Frankel. Barthelemy bounced back nicely from his loss to Kiryl Relikh and will now be fighting for a title for the second time in his last three bouts. Barthelemy is a 32-year-old Cuban who stands at 5’10”, has a 72.5-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Barthelemy is aggressive boxer who swings for the fences often and wants to control the pace of the fight from the start. Looking to always stay busy, Barthelemy puts together wild combinations, and if any land clean, he can produce a finish. However, for the most part, Barthelemy doesn’t have true knockout power, but his aggressiveness and high work rate allows him to win on the scorecards. Barthelemy be open to shots to the body due to a high guard, but he has good head movement and usually does a nice job of getting in and out. This will be Barthelemy’s eighth career fight in Nevada.
Easter is probably the better overall boxer, as he’s quicker, puts his punches together a bit sharper and is higher defensively. The problem is we’ve seen Easter get outboxed in each of his last two fights and he should have lost both fights. Barthelemy is a rare lightweight who matches up well with Easter in size, and his aggressiveness and combinations are going to give Easter a run for his money. Barthelemy is not a pushover by any means, and this is somebody who has wins over Mickey Bey, Denis Shafikov, Antonio DeMarco and Argenis Mendez. Barthelemy is going to let his hands go and let the chips fall where they may, and I’m concerned about Easter not matching that energy.
If you’re looking for a live underdog in boxing, which doesn’t come around often these days, Barthelemy is your guy. Give me the upset.