Mikey Garcia trounces Robert Easter, nabs IBF 135-pound belt

LOS ANGELES – Mikey Garcia added the IBF light-weight belt to his WBC title on Saturday evening, dominating the beforehand unbeaten Robert Easter for a transparent unanimous determination victory.

Garcia (39-Zero) knocked down Easter within the third spherical and managed lengthy stretches of the bout at Staples Middle. He unified the 2 135-pound titles with aptitude in his first struggle in his native California in seven years.

The 30-year-old Garcia has been a world champion in 4 weight lessons, and his mixture of precision and energy was an excessive amount of for Easter (21-1). Garcia knocked down Easter with a nasty left hook within the third spherical and almost completed the bout moments later.

Garcia could not get his first knockout since January 2017, however nonetheless delivered one other excellent efficiency. His victory in a unification bout put him in a uncommon assortment of abilities to perform the feat, together with Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya. The bout was additionally the primary time two beforehand unbeaten boxers had fought in a light-weight unification bout.

“It is a terrific accomplishment being right here in LA,” Garcia stated. “I used to be in management many of the struggle, and I did what I needed to do. I knew he was a tricky opponent. He is a tricky warrior. He gave a terrific struggle however I used to be a greater fighter. I used to be accountable for the struggle and I did what I needed to do to win.”

Easter was knocked down for less than the second time in his profession after a robust proper jab arrange Garcia’s devastating left hook late within the third spherical.

Garcia additionally received higher because the struggle progressed. Within the ultimate 4 rounds, Garcia out-landed Easter 95-34 in whole punches and ended the struggle being the extra energetic fighter, throwing 555 punches to Easter’s 507.

“Each time we step within the ring we’re each placing our lives on the road, and tonight Mikey was victorious,” Easter stated. “I simply could not discover the timing and I simply could not let my proper hand go. He caught me with a clear shot and I went down, however I received up like a real champion.”

Garcia had a 2 1/2-year layoff from his sport on account of a promoter dispute, however he’s 5-Zero since returning to the ring in 2016. He’s considered one of solely three fighters in fashionable historical past to carry world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 kilos, becoming a member of Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao,

Garcia gained the vacant IBF 140-pound title in March to turn out to be a four-division world champion, solely to relinquish the title to return to 135 kilos to face Easter.

Earlier on the Showtime card at Staples Middle, heavyweight Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) landed a straight left hand that despatched Romanian Razvan Cojanu (16-Four) to the canvas and finally ended the struggle within the second spherical within the co-feature.

Each fighters had been coming off losses in heavyweight world title fights, and Ortiz was preventing for the primary time since difficult Deontay Wilder earlier this 12 months.

Mario Barrios (22-Zero, 14 KOs) recorded his sixth straight stoppage victory within the eighth spherical in opposition to Jose Roman (24-Three-1). Every of the judges had the struggle scored 80-70 in favor of Barrios on the time of the stoppage when Roman’s nook did not reply the bell for the ninth spherical.

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