Unbeaten American Robert Easter Jr thinks the sport of boxing is being hindered by tactical bobbing and weaving by title holders.
Ahead of his clash against the Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna this Saturday in Brooklyn, New York and Easter Jr says he’s willing to risk his own belt on his rise to the top.
"I’m a Champion, Mikey [Garcia]’s a Champion, [Jorge] Linares is a Champion. These are fights that make fighters great. I feel like that’s taking the fun out of boxing, Champions ducking other Champions," he told PBC.
"That’s what I’m looking forward to, getting these fights that I want, unifying these titles, taking my career to the next level. I wanna put these belts on the line in fights with other Champions, fights that make sense. That’s what’s gonna take my career to the next level."
#FighterOfTheWeek: 135-pound World Champion @RobertEaster_Jr kicks off PBC’s 2018 schedule with a title defense vs former Champ @AbejonFortuna January 20 at @barclayscenter. Watch the fight LIVE on @ShowtimeBoxing at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.— PBC (@premierboxing) January 6, 2018
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Fortuna is no fresh meat, and Easter Jr knows that. Having held two titles at both Lightweight and Super-Lightweight in the not too distant past, ‘El Abejon’ presents him with a tough challenge - and Easter is keen to keep his title out of the Dominican’s hands.
"I don’t overlook no opponent. I wouldn’t call Fortuna a lesser opponent. He’s a two-time former World Champion, so he has experience as well. He’s just not a Champion now. He’s trying to get back there, but unfortunately, January 20th it’s not gonna happen!"
Watch Robert Easter Jr square off against Javier Fortuna on the Errol Spence v Lamont Peterson undercard this Saturday, live on BoxNation.