Mikey Garcia, Easter to unify lightweight belts July 28

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) grew up in nearby Oxnard, but he hasn’t fought in California since 2011. He is moving back down to 135 pounds after defeating light welterweight Sergey Lipinets in March to win a belt in his fourth weight class.“I wanted to get a fight here at home, and it happens to be the biggest fight of my career,” Garcia said. “Right now at lightweight, there’s no bigger challenge than Robert Easter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGarcia is considered one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters despite taking a 2 1/2-year break from competition between January 2014 and July 2016 while engaging in a dispute with his former promoter, Top Rank.He is 4-0 since returning to regular competition, including a unanimous decision over Adrien Broner last July. With his subsequent victory over Lipinets, Garcia joined Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only boxers to win titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial ‘A little hope’: Nadal vs Thiem in French Open final Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “I’ve been waiting on this for so long,” Easter said. “The best fighting the best. This is what boxing is all about.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Mikey Garcia, center, smiles and poses for photos after defeating Adrien Broner during a boxing bout Saturday, July 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)LOS ANGELES — Lightweight champions Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a title unification bout July 28 at Staples Center.The unbeaten champs announced their upcoming fight Saturday before Leo Santa Cruz’s rematch with Abner Mares in downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT For all of his accomplishments in his 12-year professional career, the 30-year-old Garcia has never held multiple major championship belts in a weight class.“I could have taken an easier fight than Easter, but that wouldn’t help my legacy,” Garcia said. “This is my first chance to unify a division and to fight another champion.”While Garcia is seeking another career superlative, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) is looking for a career breakthrough.The Toledo, Ohio, native has held the IBF belt since September 2016. Easter earned a rocky split decision over Javier Fortuna in January after Fortuna came in overweight.Garcia represents a major step forward in competition for the 27-year-old Easter, who will have significant advantages in height and reach.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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