BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Miguel Angel Garcia Cortez, 39-0, 30 KOs, successfully defended his WBC lightweight champion title while claiming Easter's IBF title in a 135-pound unification showdown on Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The 30-year-old WBC lightweight champion used ring generalship to control the fight and repeatedly pinned his 27-year-old opponent on the ropes. Garcia landed a beautiful left hook that sent Easter to the canvas in the third round. Garcia outpointed Easter on the scorecards 118-109, 117-110 and 116-111 before an adoring crowd of 12,560 at the Staples Center. Now, he has two 135-pound world titles to add to his resume.
During his postfight interview with Jim Gray, Garcia automatically turned the direction of the conversation to welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., an American professional boxer who has held the IBF title since 2017, and opponent he is eager to meet in the ring.
"So, now your a four-division champion, your a unified champion now, what's next? Is there Errol Spence, as a lot of people have said, he is here this evening, is that what you would like to do? Go up 12 pounds and fight a 147?" Said Jim Gray.
Garcia responded with a smile, "I am here for the biggest challenges. I don't know if there is anyone else with a bigger challenge than Errol Smith. I fight at welterweight, I want to challenge myself to the fullest, I know he is up for any fighter, he's up to fight anybody, so that's what I want!"
Shawn W. Anderson