Robert Easter, Jr., takes on Mikey Garcia in Los Angeles

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"I'm here for the biggest challenges", Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) said.

He knows dudes like Vasyl Lomachenko, Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, or rising star Regis Prograis will be watching. This is definitely his biggest fight, and I believe we'll be able to bring the best out of each other. "Now we're back. I told you guys I was coming for bigger things and now we're one step closer to achieving that". If Broner had any tips on how to fight Garcia, they certainly didn't come to fruition on this night.

"I feel I have the power and skillset to compete in any division up to welterweight".

"Well, definitely it's a pay-per-view fight", Schaefer said.

Garcia got better as the fight progressed. Easter was lucky to be bailed out by the judges against Javier Fortuna and has been hit often enough by fighters well below Garcia's level that suggests that he may not have the understanding of how to properly use his advantages.

It wasn't until round nine that Easter found a burst of energy and went toe to toe with Garcia.

Said Mikey after the fight, "It's a great accomplishment". Jabs were fired like pistons but most of the taller fighter's flashy blows touched only air or the gloves. "He's a tough warrior", Garcia said. I prepared for the best Robert Easter. He knows the kind of fighter I am.

Luis Coria (7-1, 4 KOs), a Robert Garcia-trained featherweight from Moreno Valley, Calif., did it all, landing punches and scoring a knockdown over six one-sided rounds for a unanimous decision over Guadalupe Arroyo, a Mexican who had a 13 reason to retire added to his 3-13 record.

Mikey Garcia said he wouldn't look past Robert Easter Jr., but he also made it clear that the fight he really wanted was with Errol Spence Jr. "[Garcia] wants to be great so he is going to move up and try to dethrone me but it's not going to happen". I'm trying to get that because that's what will cement my name.

Easter - whose odds closed as high 6-to-1 to win the fight - always was a sizable underdog against Garcia, but the result was nonetheless a disappointing one for Easter, who left nothing to chance during the months leading up to the fight. "Keith Thurman is still recovering and needs a tune-up".

Full interview here: https://s.sho.com/2veXH1T. As the middle rounds went on, Barrios focused on the body incredibly well and it paid in dividends as the fight progressed. "He will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beat me but it's not going to happen. Coach Kev really broke down the science to me". "He's technically good, but I don't see him hurting me at 147".

"He likes to exchange punches and gives up the height and reach advantage at times".

Ortiz was emotional after the fight.

Easter spoke with Showtime's Jim Gray afterward.

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Mikey Garcia left punches Robert Easter Jr. during their WBC and IBF lightweight title bout. ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Five days ago we found out they found a cure for the disease she has", Ortiz said about his young daughter who has been afflicted by epidermolysis bullosa (a condition that causes the skin to be fragile and blister easily). Once I started getting that rhythm, it started to work. Both fighters spoke with confidence during a recent global media call, but Mikey expects Easter to be what he's always been: A fighter. "It is the first time Mikey ever unified". The 6-foot-4 Ortiz wasted little time knocking out the 6-feet-7½, 269-pound Cojanu, returning for his first fight since challenging then-WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker.

"In my mind King Kong has not been defeated. A victory will put me back in line for a rematch with Deontay Wilder". Referee Jack Reiss watched him closely as he walked to his corner after the bell. Im going to ask the government to put me on disability, maybe that way Joshua will fight me.”. In the ensuing rounds, Barrios stayed on top of Roman, walking him down with hooks to the liver and quick overhand rights to the head.

By the third round, Barrios landed twenty body shots in comparison to the three body shots that Roman had landed. At that point he nailed Cojanu with a picture-perfect straight left that ended the fight. That worked perfectly for this fight.

"This is the furthest I've gone in a while".

"We can also expect the 5'6" Garcia to throw more left hooks to the body to slow down his taller, lengthier adversary, but for the most part, the right hand will dictate the fight. Barrios got a cut by his left eye in the opening round from a punch.

Mario Barrios remains undefeated with an 8th round TKO. “I feel strong. I feel fast. "I take my hat off to Mikey as he was a true champion and a true warrior".

Shawn Porter was also in attendance.

Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), 28, of DeSoto, Texas, who would make his third defense against Garcia, said he thought Garcia looked good against Easter but that he didn't see anything that he thought would give him anything to be too anxious about.

After the contest, Showtime's Brian Custer spoke with Errol Spence about Garcia.

"My hunger and motivation to become world champion has not changed at all", Ortiz said.

Tickets are on sale for the September 8 showdown between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter at Barclays Center for the vacant WBC welterweight championship.

Argentine super-lightweight Fabian Maidana (16-0, 12 KOs), who has more classic boxing skill than Marcos Maidana, displayed some fight-stopping power, dropping Russian Audrey Klimov (19-5, 9 KOs) with a quick combo for a seventh-round stoppage.

Saturdays SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader will replay on Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.

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