IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. is preparing for a battle against Javier Fortuna on January 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, before the fight with Fortuna was made, there were reports that Easter was in talks to fight WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia to unify the titles.
Easter(20-0, 14 KOs) discussed his feelings on fighting Garcia during a conference call on Thursday:
“I wanted to fight. It was serious on my side. I wanted to fight. I didn’t care where at. I don’t care about any of that. I wanted to fight,” Easters said. “At first it was I didn’t produce enough fans or the fight didn’t make sense, which that didn’t make sense, and some other excuses the guy came up with. But like I said, I was ready to fight whenever, whatever, how much. It didn’t even matter. We didn’t actually get an offer. I guess they made an offer towards him. Like I said, I didn’t really care.”
Garcia will battle IBF junior welterweight titleholder Sergey Lipinets in February, and with the WBC ordering Garcia to fight Jorge Linares, a fight with Easter may have to wait.