Lightweight world champion Robert Easter Jr. is focusing on Javier Fortuna later this month despite plenty of talk surrounding a unification fight in the future.
Prior to accepting the Fortuna bout at Barclays Center on January 20, Easter had looked into the possibility of a battle with fellow title holders Mikey Garcia or Jorge Linares.
Explaining his current position, Easter dismissed any notion of him being left behind as Garcia and Linares head towards a battle against each other and just believes he’s too dangerous for his rivals to consider right now.
“I wouldn’t actually say I’m the forgotten guy. I’m just the guy they don’t want to fight. You heard these interviews, these guys talking. They always bring up everybody else names except for mine. You cannot forget about me,” said Easter.
“I’m the tallest in the weight class, maybe the fastest and probably one of the strongest. Of course, they’re not going to mention my name because they don’t want to fight me. I’ve been calling these guys out. I know they see that. So how can they not acknowledge that?
“Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia, they’re doing their thing. They’re winning these fights like champions supposed to. But it’s time we unify these titles like I’ve been trying to do.
“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.
“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.”
Asked whether he plans to delay a possible move to 140 pounds, Easter added: “I can hold it just as long as they want me to. But like I said, I’m trying to unify these titles and then move up after that until my goal is reached. For now, I’m going to be at 135, giving these guys trouble.
“If both camps come to an agreement I’m hoping we can face off one day – not only Mikey though. You still have Jorge. You still have him. He’s still a champion as well.
“This has everything to do with Mikey being a champion at 135 and Jorge Linares being a champion at 135. It’s time to unify.
“I’ve been ready to unify these titles for so long. I’ve been sitting back waiting not only on Mikey but the other champions. Flanagan, he has moved up. And now we have Linares.
“I have never made excuses in the ring. My record is perfect. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, and I’m winning these fights. (Javier Fortuna) is trying to get where I’m at. He’s trying to get another shot which is going to fail coming January 20,” he said.