07/28/2018-Staple Center, Los Angeles, Ca.- Remember that great crime series from MANY years ago called The Fugitive, starring David Jansen? It had to do with the weekly pursuit of a one armed man suspected of murder. Well, there was a one armed man in LA tonight, trying to beat one of the best fighters in tha’ game today. Tall, long armed Robert Easter Jr. from Toledo Ohio (21-0-14K) talked for months about what he was gonna’ do to Mikey Garcia. He promised to show Garcia (38-0-30K) and the boxing world what he was all about . The strange thing was, he tried to do it with one hand. Now, I don’t know exactly what Easter’s game plan was but it didn’t involve much more that a left jab.
For the first 3-4 rounds, he boxed smoothly and smartly, keeping Garcia at bay. Problem was, that’s pretty much ALL he did, aside from a brief exchange in the ninth round. Though a right hand, left hook set in the third round dropped him for a moment, Easter wasn’t badly hurt. In fact, he rallied at the end of the round. But, mostly he was stuck in reverse as Garcia pursued him around the ring, trying to get Easter to do at least do SOME of the shit he promised. How in the hell, Easter thought he was gonna’ come to LA and be an LA homie like that baffled me. I thought maybe the plan was to lure Garcia to sleep with that long, stinging jab and then blast him with his right hand. I don’t think Easter threw a hook until the ninth round. Spending lots of time pinned to the ropes and being assaulted by Garcia, Easter would rarely fire back, choosing instead to either tie Mikey up or jab his way off the ropes.
At no time did he seem interested in TAKING Mikey’s belt. He seemed to think, ‘I’ll stay with my jab and as long as I don’t get hurt, I’m good’. Garcia stayed on the attack, pressing and landing decent shots along the way, as Easter’s D is pretty good. It was a good, NOT great fight and there was no disputing the scores which read, 116-111/ 117-110 and 118-109. As usual, Garcia remained composed and didn’t look sloppy trying for the ko. He stayed with the plan and calmly snatched Easter’s belt along the way. Garcia now has the WBC AND IBF straps.
Now, Mikey doesn’t get hit too much during his fights so SOMETHING must be happening in sparring because he keeps mentioning Errol Spence’s name. Even his brother/trainer Robert AND his uncle Eduardo keep telling Mikey, “don’t SAY that”. I admire Mikey’s courage and I think he’d take the fight but he wouldn’t SURVIVE it. Imagine how difficult it would be for Robert to train Mikey to fight Spence when his heart’s not in it? It would be a strange scenario and how would Mikey feel ? Afterwards, when told about Mikey’s desire to get killed, Spence needed a bib to catch the drool as he thought about that fight. He struggled to contain his glee at the thought. Mikey, you’re a HELLUVA’ fighter and I know it’s been hot as hell in LA and maybe the heat’s getting to you, but YOU need to stop playin’. You won’t have to chase Errol like you did Easter and you SURELY don’t wanna’ ‘sit there’ with the best fighter in tha’ game today. He’s too big and too strong and your wish is ALL wrong. Take a couple of Aspirin and call me when you feel better and are thinking clearly.
In the semi, there was a so-called heavyweight fight and I always say, with the big boys, you never know what to look for. Once beaten Cuban Luis King Kong) Ortiz (28-1-2ND-24K) hurt himself by pounding his chest more than his sorry opponent Razan Cojanu (16-3-9K) did in this brief encounter. They said this Cojanu was some type of ‘former champion’. Yeah, so was I. They also say Ortiz is 39 years old. If he’s 39, I’m 69 and I was born in 1942. Yes, they kept records back then. In any event, after a slow first round, the ‘ol Cuban lined up the ‘former champio’ and drilled his ass with a sweeping right hook and straight hand that dropped Cojanu TWICE. This was some Tyson-Berbick shit. Cojanu went down and reached for the ropes which he missed judged by two feef and eventually wound up on his face. He fell AGAIN, causing the ref to intervene and he had the unmitigated gall the AUDACITY to complain to the ref. He was probably saying, ‘why did you stop it ref, I could’ve gotten killed’.
In the first aired fight, unbeaten (24-0-13K) Mario Barrios fought a guy that put up as much résistance as a two dollar ho. Jose (El Gato) Roman (24-2-1D-16K) was in survival mode from the time he left his dressing room. He just let Barrios beat on him for seven rounds until his corner awakened from their slumber and told the ref to stop the trouncing. Barrios dropped his woeful opponent with a combination in the fourth round and poor Roman just took his beating like a man.