The irony is uncanny I just released my list of 20 worst decisions of the last 20 years a day before the Robert Easter-Denis Shafikov fight. Do I need to update my list?
Friday night’s PBC card was supposed to be a showcase for their young champ, but instead, it showcased all that is wrong with Boxing. Easter looked lethargic and a bit boring, and the outcome was indescribably bad. In a 12 round fight, I believe must fight fans would agree with me in saying the judges got 4-5 of the 12 rounds wrong. That is truly astonishing and would be accepted in no other sport.Easter is the better, more skilled and more athletic fighter, and did enough winning early rounds with jabs and movement and avoiding the attacks of the constantly stalking Shafikov.
However, at times Easter looked a bit like his buddy Adrien Bronner, who was sitting ringside, getting chopped down by Marcos Maidana.
The Easter Bunny did deserve the decision and is still the IBF lightweight strap holder. He is 26 and still has a bright future and has plenty of big fights on the horizon, possible Mikey Garcia if he gets past AB, the lightweight division also features Jorge Linares, Felix Verdejo, and Terry Flanagan. So he has big options at 135 but one thing should be a certainty for the Easter bunny he should demand all future fights are in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Because there’s nothing quite like home cooking.