LOS ANGELES – Mikey Garcia said he would not look past Robert Easter Jr., but he also made clear that the fight he really wanted was with Errol Spence Jr. He can get his wish soon.
The WBC Lightweight champion defended his title while claiming the Easter IBF title with a dominant achievement heading for a unanimous decision victory in Saturday's main event in front of 12,560 at the Staples Center.
It was a homecoming of Oxnard, Calif. Raised Garcia, who had not fought in Los Angeles since June 4, 201
The victory comes a little over a year after Garcia marked the Easter friend and mentor Adrien Broner. If Brons had any tips on fighting Garcia, they were really not made on this night.
After a tough start watching Easter (21-1), he uses his 6-0 frame and 8-inch advantage to keep his opponent in the air, Garcia adjusted quickly and methodically went down his opponent. When every minute passed, Garcia realized closer and closer until he was at the firing level.
In the third round, Garcia pulls a left hook that hit Easter and injured him very much. Although Easter made it out of the round, it was clear that he underestimated Garcia's power and spent the middle rounds resigned to survive rather than fight.
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Garcia handled the brilliant ring, cut the easter's avenues and clasped him along the rope while landing a shotgun to his head and body.
Great on the scorecards, Easter changed his attitude and put fire on fire. A very entertaining ninth round saw that both fighters have their moments. Easter landed a left hand that seemed to strike Garcia and followed a loop of strokes. Garcia stormed the storm and kicked right back, wound a left hook around the easter gloves and ripped shots to the body.
Garcia checked what was left of the match and cruised to the referee's score of 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109. During his postfight interview, Garcia immediately turned his attention to Welterweight champion Spence, an opponent whom he had been targeting for a long time.
"I'm here for the biggest challenges," said Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs). "I do not know if there is anyone who is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence. I know he's going to fight everyone so let's make it happen."
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Spence is literally the biggest challenge for Garcia, considering he is a 147-pound that could easily compete at 154 pounds . Garcia started his career as a featherweight and has fought as high as 140 pounds. He would definitely be the lesser in a matchup and there are questions about whether he can handle Spence's power, not to mention that Spence is recognized as the future of boxing with a unique combination of size, speed, power and technical ability.
None of this is important to Garcia, who has fought mostly for his career as a favorite and interested in seeing what it looks like he is an underdog.
"I feel that I have the power and ability to compete in any part of the game," says Garcia. "He is the toughest guy on welterweight, so I want to meet him"
Spence has a lot to deal with on welterweight , but with Danny Garcia facing Shawn Porter in September for the WBC title that Keith Thurman left due to injury, Terence Crawford is fighting for a rival network and promotion, and the fact that nobody knows when Thurman will be ready to fight is Spence in another country.
Spence is really interested in the prospect of a pound-to-pound fighter.
"I want that fight," Spence said during the showtime broadcast. "I feel like the best match available to me right now with Shawn and Danny fighting in September. Keith Thurman still retrieves and needs a setting."
The size difference does not bother Spence either.
"He is dared to be good," continued Spence. "He wants to get well. He wants to move up and clear me and it will not happen."
Spence also said that Garcia would be a "lightweight match "but complimented Garcia's ability. Finally, the Spence numbers would be so great about him as the two entered the ring.
"I really do not see anything that concerns me," he said. "He's technically good, but I do not see him hurt me at 147."
With both fighters targeting December, it seems that the boxing world will get a big showdown between two of the best sports.