Mikey Garcia Vs Robert Easter Jr
International Boxing Federation World Lightweight Title (supervisor: Lindsey Tucker)
World Boxing Council World Lightweight Title
The trend of the best fighting the best and champions fighting champions are continuing. Mikey Garcia comes back to the lightweight division, from which he last fought in 18 months ago when destroyed Dejan Zlaticanin in just three rounds to capture the WBC crown. Mikey then campaigned at 140 and captured a strap there. He comes back down to his more natural weight to unify two of the 135 pond straps with IBF kingpin Robert Easter Jr. Easter captured the vacant IBF strap in very controversial fashion in outpointing Richard Commey. He has since defended his title a total of three times. Once against Luis Cruz in dominant fashion and more recently against Denis Shafikov and Javier Fortuna, very competitive and close fights that ended with Easter getting the nod. Mikey Garcia is currently ranked #4 on our pound for pound list and will enter the ring as a prohibitive favorite.
Easter Jr is a very long lightweight at 6’0 tall with a 76-inch reach. That’s an 8-inch reach advantage, that Easter will try to use and use to some level of success in the early going. The fight will take place on pretty even terms for the first three rounds. Easter Jr keeps the jab pumping in Garcia’s face and is scoring with it, but Mikey is having some success when he does get on the inside. By the fourth, the youngest Garcia brother has finally gotten Easter’s timing down and is able to get on the inside almost at will and begins beating him up on the inside. The middle rounds all pretty much play out the same with Mikey timing the jab of Easter and scoring beautiful combinations to his head and body. Easter is really wearing down and is becoming target practice for Garcia by round nine and Garcia starts to push the action. He drops Easter with right hands in the 9th and 11th round with right hands. Each time Easter is able to get up and survives the duration of the fight but has clearly lost. Going to the scorecards Mikey wins it handly 118-108, 117-109, 119-107.
Garcia via UD
Joseph Parker Vs Dillian Whyte
World Boxing Council Silver Heavyweight Title
vacant World Boxing Organisation International Heavyweight Title
Joseph Parker is jumping right back on the horse, no tune up necessary. After losing what we thought was a very boring but close and competitive 12 round decision to Anthony Joshua, he is jumping in with a very dangerous puncher in Dillian Whyte. Prior to the AJ fight Parker put together pretty solid wins over very good competition in Hughie Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr, he also destroyed a fighter named Razvan Cojanu sandwiched in-between Fury and Ruiz. Whyte is the big puncher in this fight and is coming off of a sensational brutal knock out over Lucas Browne just four months ago. Whyte also has quality wins over Derrick Chisora and Robert Helenius. Like Parker, Whyte’s only loss came in a competitive fight to Anthony Joshua, this was back in 2015.
Joseph Parker is a pretty skilled fighter we like to call him the John Ruiz of his era. Some of you may say that’s disrespectful but Ruiz was a pretty decent fighter as well. Parker will control this fight throughout. Moving around the ring and landing clean combinations and avoiding the pressure of the big, hard-hitting Whyte. Parker is able to outscore and out land Whyte and tie him up when he does get close. Every round looks pretty much the same with Parker out working and out landing Whyte and being able to tie him up on the inside. There are a few exceptions and Whyte lands some decent shots on the inside catching the attention of Parker and takes a few rounds here and there. But, Parker thoroughly outboxes him and wins the overwhelming majority of the rounds in a fight that features little combustion but lots of holding. Going to the scorecards Parker takes a fairly wide decision of 116-112 x2 and 117-111.