Robert Easter Jr: I want Mikey Garcia or Jorge Linares, sign the contract!

RINGSIDE 23/01/2018
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World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. has set his sights on a massive unification following his recent win over Javier Fortuna.

The American edged out an overweight Fortuna at the Barclays Center and immediately turned his attention to fellow world rulers Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares.

“It was a tough fight, he’s a former world champion for a reason,” Easter told Jim Gray of Showtime.

“We made it tough trying to counter punch. He wasn’t throwing much and it made it difficult for me to chase this guy around.

“I couldn’t get the knockout but we got the win and that’s all that matters. I knew he was going to run once he felt my power. He just wanted to grab and hold the whole fight.”

Looking ahead, Easter made his intentions clear as he seeks unification bouts in the near future, “I want to fight the champions and unify these belts. Fights like these aren’t in my game plan. I’m ready for Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares to sign the contract.”

A disgruntled Fortuna also spoke to Gray, “the public knows what happened here. They booed because they know that I won this fight.

“If he’s a man let’s fight again at 135-pounds,” said Fortuna, who failed to make weight on two attempts Friday, which meant that Easter’s belt would not be on the line.

“I will definitely make the weight. I didn’t give myself enough time to train.”

Fortuna couldn’t win the title after coming in a pound and half over, a move which was roundly criticised by the boxing fraternity.