Robert Easter Jr had his share of trouble with Javier Fortune in Brooklyn, but when it was all said and done, Easter earned a tough split decision win to retain his IBF lightweight title.
Easter improved to 21-0 (14 KO) with the victory, which came on scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 113-114. Much of the Barclays Center crowd didn’t agree with the scorecard and outcome of the fight.
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Easter Jr was largely unable to use his superior height and reach to his advantage, as Fortuna buzzed around him like a gnat and made things difficult for the Toledo native. Fortuna, 28, probably did his best work counter punching. Fortuna had a response for every Easter Jr attacks.
“It was a tough fight, he’s a former world champion for a reason.” Easter Jr said in the post fight conference. “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 matter. I knew he was going to run once he felt my power. He just wanted to grab and hold the whole fight.”
A hot bottom question after the fight was will we possibly see a rematch between these two fighters? Easter Jr quickly shot that idea down.
“I want to fight the champions and unify this belt.” Easter said.” Fights like these aren’t in my game plan. I’m ready for Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares to sign the contract.”
He added, “I got the W and that’s all that matters,” while also saying that the Brooklyn crowd was booing not because they felt he lost, but because he failed to get the KO. This is very debatable.