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Boxing Recap: Mikey Garcia beats Easter, Ito wins belt

Mikey Garcia dominates Easter Jr

Mikey Garcia continues his career run through 4-division as he dominated and separated himself from IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. in a fight Easter never seemed to feel comfortable in. Garcia from the early bell pressed forward and though he may have lost a round here or there, kept the pressure on Easter Jr. who had to do too much in terms of effort and energy, whereas Garcia could take his time and work at his own speed as he controlled the whole fight.

After Easter was dropped by Garcia in the third round, the fight went from being mildly competitive to a slow accumulative beating to a tough and game Easter Jr. Easter, who spent the majority of his career as a rangy fighter who fights on the inside tried fighting from distance, but it seemed difficult for him as he had fought his previous bouts in a different manner.

After the bout, Mikey Garcia continued to call out IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. after the fight. For long-time reading and followers of our YouTube they can watch this video we shot in January of Garcia calling out Spence.

Those close to the situation say the fight is possible for November or December of this year, WOW!

Balderas, Barrios, Ortiz

Lightweight Karlos Balderas, who was 2016 U.S. Olympian, picked up a fourth-round KO on the undercard of Garcia vs. Easter Jr. Balderas is one of three best American prospects in the world and could be fast-tracked in the coming year.

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz got a second-round knockout against Boxcino heavyweight castoff Razvan Cojanu. Ortiz is sort of in a weird spot and an undesirable one as essentially only two heavyweights in the world make for a big payday being Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and after losing to Wilder earlier this year, it seems as though Ortiz will be on the outside looking in as he is a tough fight for every fighter in the heavyweight division with too much money to be risked. In short, Ortiz is such a high-level fighter he needs to fight on television, but he is such a big risk, he will be avoided if possible.

Mario Barrios picked up an eighth-round stoppage on his Showtime debut as he brutalized Jose Roman, a formidable foe, who proved no match for Barrios. Barrios now is a top-10 super lightweight and potentially could fight in the future Robert Easter Jr., if Easter were to move up in weight.

Rey Perez stopped Roberto Marroquin in an upset from the undercard, Perez has now upset to fighters from the b-side that being Marroquin and “Chimpa” Gonzalez.

Ito takes the belt from Pitufo

Puerto Rican contender Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz will now have a lot to think about after losing what seemed to be hometown fight the WBO super featherweight title against Masayuki Ito, who now is a world champion. In the lead-up to the fight, things became clear such as Diaz being much smaller and the fact that during a pre-fight interview Diaz couldn’t tell the commentators anything about his opponent was not a good sign. In short, it appeared Diaz looked at this fight as a homecoming for him to win a title in Florida which is very close to Puerto Rico.

Limited head movement along with standing in front of Ito saw Diaz get beaten to a pulp as he absorbed shots like a man at the bar. Ito, who was tough threw Diaz’s kryptonite which is straight punches as Diaz couldn’t avoid a jab-right hand which landed at will.

The fight dramatically changed when Diaz was dropped in the fifth and despite surges and explosive moments in the bout, the one dimension of Diaz wasn’t enough to overpower a big more experienced fighter.

Veteran cutman and trainer Rudy Fernandez cornered Ito and felt like a major difference maker as it appeared “Chino” Rivas, a very good coach was inexperienced in relation to Fernandez, a legendary boxing mind.

We got no word whether Top Rank has options on Ito or if the belt will return to Japan for the near future.

“Tito” Bracero back

Gabriel “Tito” Bracero did something he had rarely done prior stop his opponent. Bracero took a short notice fight moving up a weight class to face Artemio Reyes whom he stopped with a body shot. Bracero will more than likely move down to 140 lbs in which he has a healthy selection of Top Rank fighters to campaign against including Arnold Barboza Jr., Julian Rodriguez, Alex Saucedo, Mike Reed and WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez.

Bracero had been scheduled to fight Jose Ramirez roughly a year and a half ago, but he was forced off the card, because of unforeseen reasons.

Whyte is now elite

Dillian Whyte made a statement by beating top-five heavyweight Joseph Parker in a wild affair in which both fighters dropped each other and neither looked in elite shape as both seemed winded in the second half of the fight. Whyte, a fighter who is best known for a fight with Anthony Joshua and wild brawl with Chisora.

Whyte is building a solid resume in the heavyweight division, a division that is void of top talent.

Katie Taylor, Chisora

Katie Taylor made short work of her foe in a tune-up bout over the weekend. Taylor returns October 6th against Cindy Serrano in Chicago, Illinois. Taylor right now is building one of the best legacies in the women’s boxing.

Derrick Chisora knocked out Carlos Takam in the eighth round of a bout that threw all logic out the window as the two traded shots until Chisora proved to be the tougher and stronger of the two. It wasn’t the prettiest fight, but it was the type of fight fans come to see and want to watch.

The first three rounds of this bout were nothing short of rock’em, sock’em robots.

photo: Lukie Ketelle
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