Mikey Garcia Wants Lomachenko Fight After Easter
While his promotional future is uncertain, Mikey Garcia’s in-ring future is pretty clear, as he prepares to face Robert Easter Jr on July 28th.
The current WBC lightweight champion looks to unify the division against the IBF champion, when the two face off at Staples Center, and will fight for the first time since his March 10th win over Sergey Lipinets for the now vacant IBF junior welterweight title.
“We were fighting at 140 (pounds), but I always had my mind set on coming back to lightweight,” said Garcia at Saturday’s press conference in Los Angeles to officially announce the fight. “The only fight that made sense was a unification and the only fighter available was Robert Easter. He’s a champion and the man to beat.”
Easter, who is training with Kevin Cunningham to prepare for Garcia, feels like he’s needed to make adjustments following narrow victories over Denis Shafikov and Javier Fortuna.
“There were some adjustments we needed to make,” said Easter. “I was getting too comfortable. I had to do something to take out of my comfort zone. Coach Cunningham was the guy to pull me in and get on my tail.”
And while Easter is staring down Garcia, Garcia knows that there is only one opponent that makes sense if he wins on July 28th, Vasyl Lomachenko.
“I got my fight on July 28, but there’s been a lot of talk about Lomachenko and me over the past year,” Garcia claimed about the popular fighter who recently underwent shoulder surgery.
“If I get through Robert Easter, Jr., I’d be a unified champ and the only other fight that makes sense is Lomachenko.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene