Garcia: ‘I’m in the best shape physically and mentally that I’ve ever been in’

WBC lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia worked out for the press Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles as he prepares for his 135-pound title unification against IBF titlist Robert Easter Jr. Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

For the Oxnard, CA native, July 28 is an opportunity for him to fight in Los Angeles. Something he has not done in a long time.

“It’s been seven years since I last had the chance to fight here in LA, and that was even before I was champion,” Garcia said today at his media workout. “Now after all of my accomplishments, I get to come home and put on a unification match for my local fans.

“Every time I walk into the ring, there’s a moment where I get butterflies and feel the emotions from the fans. This time it’s with my hometown fans, and that’s really special. I’m really looking forward to it because I know the fans are going to show up and show their love and support.”

Garcia is considered by many to be one of the pound-for-pound best. At this point of his career, Garcia feels he is at his best:

“I think I’m in my prime right now. I’m in the best shape physically and mentally that I’ve ever been in,” Garcia said. “I need to take advantage of the moment right now and take on the biggest challenges. I want to give the fans fights to remember. Those are the fights that excite me the most.”

Easter’s height(5’11) could present an issue for Garcia, but the 30-year-old is confident he will be able to still have success:

“I know Easter is very tall and has a longer reach than me. In the gym, we’ve been working on sparring partners who present different challenges and made adjustments from there,” Garcia said. “I have to catch him reaching in or put pressure and work my way inside. There are different things that I’m capable of doing.”

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® triple-header (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will also see Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz returning to action to face former title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a 10-round bout and unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios taking on hard-hitting Jose Roman in a 10-round showdown.

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