For the people that focus on just the main stars in the sport of boxing, young prospects are often disregarded and passed over. It shouldn’t be the case when it comes to Toledo, Ohio’s Robert Easter.
Easter turned pro in 2012 after a monumentally successful amateur career, winning over 200 bouts, albeit never winning a national title.
In fact, Easter has fought several prospects in his class in the amateurs, including Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (12-0, 6 KOs), Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (11-0, 6 KOs), and Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (9-0, 8 KOs). Easter went toe-to-toe with the sturdy Rodriguez, losing 22-18 in the semi-finals of the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships.
The tall prospect turned 24 years old this past January and has not showed any glaring weaknesses so far as a professional, but still has improvements to make to be in contention for a world championship.
On Saturday, March 2, Easter will be fighting on the undercard of Thurman-Guerrero when Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series debuts on NBC, the only problem being that Easter still does not have an opponent for the fight, but Easter is not concerned about who he faces, he would much rather focus on boxing and leave his team to select opponents for him.
They don’t have much time to select one now if that is the case, but it’s not the end of the world for the young fighter.
24 is a young age in boxing, but if you have been waiting for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to finally get in the ring, it’s felt like an eternity. Easter was realistically 18 years old when the inquisitiveness behind a potential Money-Pacman fight first made the headlines.
There is no doubt that a fight in 2009 would have been far more incendiary, but the fight is still compelling none the less. In an interview with FightHype.com, Easter said he expects the same out of the two pound-for-pound legends, with the hype being worth the wait.
“Of course (it will be competitive). You got two hard-working guys and two skillful guys, and of course Mayweather is the boxing God our era, so it’s going to be a really competitive fight. Mayweather is one of the smartest fighters out there; he knows how to win,” said Easter.
When a fighter never mentions the other fighter by name, it’s likely that the other man is his favorite to win the fight. Easter is no exception. Smiling as the prediction question came, the competitive, honest Easter had to spill the beans.
“I’m going with my guy Mayweather; I’m rolling with him.”
It’s evident that Easter wanted to remain as respectful as he could, but he wasn’t quite out of the hot seat yet. The consensus around the world is that Mayweather will win by decision, albeit some critics are even going picking Pacquiao to land an upset victory, like ESPN’s Brian Campbell.
Did Easter have a present for all of the viewers? Taking a long gasping breath, Easter couldn’t let the bunny out of the bag.
“He can finish a guy too once he has him hurt.”
Props to the reporter for trying his best, but Easter is hinting at a possible KO or stoppage victory for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Personally, I don’t see it happening. I see the fight going either way, with an interesting factor that could play out in fight being the selection of judges. With the fight being in Las Vegas, Mayweather is going to have an advantage come May 2nd.