Garcia Wants Easter, But Won’t Take Pay Cut For A Fight

A lightweight title unification fight against Robert Easter was among the options for Mikey Garcia, before finalizing his shot at IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets.

Neither Garcia nor Easter would’ve been paid enough to make the bout worth it for either champion. Instead, Easter is set to defend his IBF 135-pound championship against Javier Fortuna on January 20th, three weeks before Garcia challenges Lipinets on February 10th in San Antonio.

“He’s willing to fight me and I’m willing to fight him,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “But when the purse was not really exciting, not what we both want, it’s hard to get those fights done. And people forget, everybody wants to get paid, everyone wants to get money. No one likes to take pay cuts.

“Whatever job you’re doing, if the boss comes and tells you, ‘I can only pay you this much because I don’t have it in the budget,’ I’m sure you’re gonna complain about why they’re cutting your money. Nobody likes to take a pay cut. So we also wanna make sure that we’re being taken care of financially, as well as in boxing.”

If Garcia returns to lightweight after facing Lipinets in a second straight fight at 140 pounds, Easter figures to be the second 135-pound champion on his list of options. The Oxnard, California, native in an interview with BoxingScene.com,said that he plans to sit down again with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez to negotiate a long-discussed lightweight title unification fight against WBA champion Jorge Linares

For that to happen, Linares also would need to defeat Mercito Gesta on January 27th in Inglewood, California. If the Linares fight fails to materialize yet again, Garcia would welcome a battle with Easter, of Toledo, Ohio.

“I’m not saying he’s not worthy, but it just didn’t make [financial] sense for this fight in January,” Garcia said. “Maybe on another occasion we could actually get that fight [made], but it didn’t make sense for this fight.

“When it came down to the purses, again, if the guy can’t get paid what he’s asking for or generate the money that we need in sales to pay him what he’s asking for, or to get paid what we need to get paid, also, sometimes the budget ain’t gonna work.”

Garcia realizes he would encounter plenty of obstacles if he steps in the ring against Easter.

“Lipinets presents a size advantage as far as weight, but Easter presents height and reach advantages,” said Garcia, who’s five inches shorter than the 5-feet-11 Easter. “That could make for a very difficult fight. He could use his height and reach advantage over me and make things more complicated. So those are the challenges.”

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