On July 28th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, two lightweight champions will unify half of boxing’s four major belts, as WBC titleholder Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) takes on the tall and thinly-framed IBF champ Robert Easter Jr (21-0, 14 KOs).
This is Garcia’s first defense of the WBC title he won last year, when he viciously KO’d Dejan Zlaticanin. Easter has defended his belt successfully thrice, although his win over Javier Fortuna was a controversial decision, and Fortuna also didn’t make weight, so the belt was never at stake for Fortuna. Nevertheless, it’s a big fight for both men, and Garcia is seeking real strong matchups down the line, including a potential move up to welterweight to take on Errol Spence Jr. Mikey is a huge favorite to beat Easter and is one of the best P4P boxers in the world, but Easter is looking to spring a massive surprise and hand Garcia his first loss.
Here are the details on who’s fighting tonight, how you can watch the card, where you can catch a live stream, and more.
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Fight time: Showtime’s broadcast beings at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT, and has two fights on the main card before the headliner. The ring walk times may vary due to the length of the other bouts, so just to be safe, go with anywhere between 11-11:30 PM ET/8-8:30 PM PT as your safety net.
TV Network: Showtime is carrying the fight in the United States, whereas TSN5 is showing it in Canada. There does not appear to be a broadcast deal in place for the United Kingdom, unfortunately.
Fight Card: Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter (12 rounds, lightweights); Luis Ortiz vs. Razvan Cojanu (10 rounds, heavyweights); Mario Barrios vs. Jose Roman (10 rounds, super-lightweights)
Live stream: There’s a free live stream of the undercard (or prelims, if you will) on Showtime’s Youtube page, starting at 8 PM ET. You can find that here. Showtime subscribers can stream the fight on their computer, tablet, or phone, as well as video game consoles. Residents in select markets can choose to stream Showtime through YoutubeTV.
Results: Check back later for a results and discussion post
Highlights: Check back later for a highlights post