Unbeaten IBF champion discusses his inaugural training camp under new trainer Kevin Cunningham and why he will emerge victorious in his July 28 showdown with Mikey Garcia on Showtime.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL. — IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. has made the most of his inaugural training camp with Kevin Cunningham and will look to bring that same level of focus to the ring when he challenges WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
 
"I decided to go to Florida for a different environment than I usually trained in," said Easter, a Toledo-native who had trained in his hometown for much of his pro career. "I needed to be taken out of my comfort zone. At home, I was focused on too many other things. Coming to West Palm Beach has allowed me to focus on nothing but myself and boxing."
 
Easter saw what Cunningham had done for his close friends Adrien Broner and Gervonta Davis, who both trained with Cunningham leading into April 21 fights on SHOWTIME that saw Broner battle to an entertaining draw against Jessie Vargas and Davis capture a second world title with a spectacular knockout of Jesus Cuellar.
 
"I was with Adrien Broner and Gervonta Davis every step of the way during training camp with Kevin Cunningham earlier this year," said Easter. "I saw for myself that it was something I needed to do. I talked with my dad about getting away from the distractions and we agreed this was the right move."
 
Easter burst onto the scene in 2016 with a dominant knockout of former champion Argenis Mendez before beating Richard Commey later that year in an entertaining battle to capture the lightweight belt. Easter's last two defenses however have seen him narrowly escape with decision victories, something the unbeaten champion believes won't be a factor on July 28.
 
"People are paying attention to my last couple of fights when I wasn't using my height and reach," said Easter. "I can improve on that by taking it back to what I had been doing before. I was knocking people out fight after fight.
 
"If you're looking at just my last two fights, you aren't giving me credit for everything I bring to the table. I faced two tough southpaws recently but on July 28 I'm going to show everyone what they've been sleeping on and why I'm a world champion."
 
The 27-year-old Easter will now step up to take on one of boxing's pound-for-pound best in four-division world champion Mikey Garcia. For Easter, this is a fight that he's had on his mind and one that can put him into the top echelon of the sport.
 
"I've always wanted to fight the best in my weight class and now I have my chance to unify," said Easter. "I know that Mikey is going to fight his fight and look to counter. He wants to wait for you to make a mistake so he can take advantage.
 
"What I have to do is go in there and impose my attributes on him. My height and reach are my advantages, but also my speed and power. I just have to combine all that and focus on my footwork."
 
Although Easter will be fighting in Garcia's hometown of Los Angeles, he has no plans to let the partisan crowd effect his focus as he looks for his biggest pro win in the same building where he made his professional debut.
 
"It doesn't matter to me where we fight," said Easter. "None of the fans can help him fight. It's only about me and him in that ring together.
 
"My first pro fight was at STAPLES Center and even though it was early on an undercard, I still felt like there were 10,000 fans watching me. I just fought my fight. It's all about staying focused. There will be no excuses on July 28."

For a closer look at Garcia vs Easter, check out our fight page.

Four-division world champion Mikey Garcia knows he has a tough test ahead in Robert Easter Jr. on July 28th, but that’s not the only name on his radar.

This week on PBC Jabs, four-division champion Mikey Garcia checks in ahead of his lightweight title unification bout against Robert Easter Jr. and we preview our August 3rd PBC on Bounce show.

On July 28th, PBC on Showtime returns with a three-fight telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles starting off with Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz returning to action to face former title challenger Razvan Cojanu. Plus, undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios takes on hard-hitting Jose Roman. Finally, in the main event, lightweight world champs Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. meet to unify the 135-pound division. Garcia joins us this week to discuss the upcoming fight as well as what could be next should he get past Easter.

On Friday, August 3rd PBC returns to Bounce from Sam’s Town and Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event, rising contender Ladarius Miller looks to add an 8th consecutive victory to his record when he meets Dennis Galarza in a lightweight showdown. Plus, Cesar Barrionuevo makes his U.S. debut against rugged Abel Ramos, and unbeaten junior welterweight Juan Heraldez faces Kevin Watts.

Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time as we continue to bring you the best in boxing!

Unbeaten super lightweight contender looks for his sixth-consecutive KO when he faces Jose Roman July 28 on PBC on Showtime.

OAKLAND, CA. — Unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will look to deliver a sixth-consecutive knockout when he faces Jose Roman on Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) is headlined by a lightweight title unification showdown between Mikey Garciaand Robert Easter Jr. and also features Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz returning to action to face former title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a 10-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.

Barrios (21-0, 13 KOs) made the leap from campaigning at 130-pounds to the super lightweight division in December 2016 and has stayed busy while knocking out increasingly difficult opposition as he nears world title contention.

Here is what the 23-year-old Barrios had to say about his July 28 matchup and more from training camp in Northern California with Virgil Hunter:

On his fight against Jose Roman:

"Roman is a very dangerous fighter with a good record. He's a tall fighter like myself, so that will be a different challenge for me to overcome.

"There is no doubt he will be my toughest opponent to date. These are the kind of difficult fights I need to win and win convincingly to get to the championship level. I'm going in there on mission July 28 and I'm going to prove I'm ready for a title shot.

"I know he's motivated going into this fight since he'll be fighting near his hometown. I'm just going to stick to my game plan and focus on what I must do, and that's throw hard punches with precise accuracy."

On his current knockout streak:

"Since I've move up to super-lightweight, my body has adjusted to the weight gain, and I'm feeling stronger than I ever have. I'm still growing into my man strength and my power is growing as well. I never go into a fight looking for the knockout, but if I get my opponent hurt, I promise I'll be looking to take him out."

On his training camp for this bout:

"I've had a tremendous training camp. For the first few weeks I was training in San Antonio at the South Park Boxing Gym with my dad and Rick Nunez laying the groundwork for what we wanted to accomplish.

"Then I finished it off in up in Northern California with Virgil Hunter, who will be guiding my corner. Together we all make a fantastic team. I've had tremendous sparring for this fight, my health is good and I'm ready to go."

On making his SHOWTIME debut:

"I'm really excited to be making my debut on SHOWTIME debut on this card. I always knew I would be fighting on the big stage at some point in my career. Now it's time to show the world what I'm made of. I'm very grateful to my team for giving me this opportunity."

For a closer look at Mario Barrios, check out his fighter page.

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Former welterweight champion talks about his 18-month ring absence, fighting Bryant Perrella Aug. 4 on PBC on FOX and what future opponents he would like to face.

Former 147-pound champion Luis Collazo turned 37 in April, had surgery to repair a torn left biceps tendon in August 2017, and ends an 18-month ring absence when he faces Bryant Perrella on Aug. 4.

But none of that matters today. Collazo (37-7-0, 20 KOs) says he is completely healed, has become a better fighter as he matures and his time away from the ring has been used perfectly. The 5-foot-9 Collazo expects two things when he meets the 6-foot-1 Perrella: a tough fight and a victory.

The fight will be on the undercard of the PBC on FOX event (7:30 pm ET/4:30 mp PT) held at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, and represents the first appearance in the NYC area for Collazo—a Brooklyn, native—since January 2014. During that bout at Barclays Center, Collazo knocked out Victor Ortiz in the second round.

Should he get beyond Perrella (15-1, 13 KOs), Collazo wants to get back into the championship mix.

What’s your perspective on the shoulder, the ring absence given your age, and fighting in your home state?

Aug. 4 couldn’t come any sooner. My bicep’s healed up well, and I’m back in New York for the first time since the (Victor) Ortiz fight, which I’m truly excited about.

I’m mentally and physically prepared, and to be able to do it in New York makes it even better, so we’ll see if the 18 months is a factor or not.

Some people can say my age might play a part, but I’m passionate about boxing, which, for me, is a full-time job, so I’m always in the gym.

Do you feel like you’re a dangerous fighter?

Everybody says I’m high risk, low reward, but I don’t understand that. People say I’m dangerous probably because of my fights against Ortiz and Sammy Vasquez.

But when you’re an A-class fighter in boxing, you’re supposed to fight the best in your division or you should fight someone who is gonna give you a run for your money.

Do you feel that you’ve done that?

Yes, I’ve done that if you look at my career, with Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Keith Thurman. I believe that I beat Ricky Hatton.

The Shane Mosley fight, I should have done better but I broke my thumb in the second round. Berto was the undefeated champion, and I feel like I truly handed him his first loss.

I wish I could have had a rematch with Berto before now. I’ve always been that type of guy, and that’s not gonna change until I hang up the gloves.

How do you feel about being on the same card as Berto and the possibility of a rematch with him or of fighting Devon Alexander?

I would absolutely fight either one of them. Andre Berto and Devon Alexander are fighters I would have liked to have already fought. I was offered Alexander before Vasquez, but Devon didn’t take the fight.

Before Perrella, their names were mentioned and those fights didn’t come to fruition, but they’re fights I hope to make happen before I hang up the gloves.

I’m just ready to get back in there. I’m like a wounded lion trying to survive, so I’m real hungry. I’m starving for another victory. Former Welterweight World Champ Luis Collazo

How would you like to be the first defense for the winner of the Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter fight?

I want Danny Garcia. Garcia is Puerto Rican and I’m Puerto Rican. Man it will be a hell of a fight to happen at Barclays Center in New York, being that I’m from Brooklyn and he’s from Philadelphia.

I always say styles make fights. That's one that will go down in the books as a battle of hooks and an all-out brawl. Another great fighter is Shawn Porter. I’ve called out Shawn Porter, who is a top guy.

That would be an awesome battle of staying to the game plan and a brutal fight from the beginning to the end because of our aggressive styles. Either fight is a fan favorite for sure, win or lose.

What about Spence, also a left-hander?

The last two times I fought southpaws, I was supposed to get stopped or to lose and I ended up knocking out Ortiz and Vasquez. So I’ve been performing better and getting stronger against lefties.

So if that fight with Spence presents itself, I would absolutely be ready to take it because I’m a fighter who loves competition.

How intriguing is Perrella, balancing his height against your seven knockouts in your past 10 with five coming against southpaws?

Every fight is tough, but I like fighting southpaws, and I’ve been exposing them. Perrella’s a tough kid who had 11 straight knockouts before he lost, so he’s not a walkover.

He’s tall and rangy, and hungry, and I believe that, yet again, I’m not the favorite. But I’ve been the underdog for my entire career.

How does Perrella stack up against the best fighters on your resume, and vice versa, keeping in mind that he’s been stopped by Ugas?

Ugas is a great counter-puncher with some pop, and his Cuban pedigree speaks for itself. I’m going to be the best Luis Collazo that night and probably the best fighter he’s going to face. I just hope that he’s ready.

How does this fight break down?

Like most of the battles throughout my career, whether it’s a straight-up fight or a chess match, it usually comes down to grit and determination.

I’m an experienced fighter who can punch a little bit, so I’m just ready to get back in there. I’m like a wounded lion trying to survive, so I’m real hungry. I’m starving for another victory.

For a closer look at Luis Collazo, check out his fighter page.

The younger brother of former welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana is quickly rising up the welterweight ranks, but he's looking to create a style all his own.

Fabian Maidana is quickly rising up the welterweight ladder. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the younger brother of former WBA welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana.

But there’s more than just bloodlines in common. Fabian Maidana and his older brother share awesome punching power inside the ring. That, however, is where the similarities end.

The younger Maidana (15-0-0, 11 knockouts) has proven that he can defeat his opponents with brutal power punching or pinpoint accuracy. Whichever way the opposition opts to go down, Maidana has the talent to oblige.

Maidana will get a chance to put all of his ring talents on display July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to face Andrey Klimov (20-4-0, 10 KOs). It will be Maidana’s second bout this year and second straight in the United States.

During his previous U.S. appearance in April, Maidana needed just three rounds to finish veteran Justin Savi at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The impressive victory occurred on a deep card, headlined by a draw between four-division champion Adrien Broner and former two-division titleholder Jessie Vargas at 144 pounds.

“Fabian worked behind the jab, maintained distance and broke him down by attacking the body, which was the beginning of the end of a dangerous veteran,” said Manny Robles, who trained Maidana for the fight. “Fabian’s a thinker, a counter-puncher and he can be aggressive. He’s a more complete fighter than his brother. He’s heading in a great direction for the future.”

Marcos was ringside on July 23, 2016, in San Antonio, for Fabian’s slugfest with Jorge Maysonet Jr., whose hard right hand bloodied Maidana’s nose in the first round. From that point on, however, Maidana, blood streaming down his chest, delivered a double-fisted beat-down of Maysonet, who failed to answer the bell for Round 7.

“With each fight, I want to show fans that I’m Fabian Maidana, not just (Marcos’) little brother. … Marcos advises me on how much tougher it is fighting in the U.S. than anywhere else because you find the best in America,” Maidana said.

“Marcos’ style was more of a brawler-puncher, and I am more a boxer who likes to work to find the right moment to finish my opponents. We didn’t spar each other much, but when we did, our sessions always made us tougher. As far as desire, we share the same, and that is to be 100 percent prepared for everything and to be the best.”

With each fight, I want to show fans that I’m Fabian Maidana, not just Marcos’ little brother. Welterweight prospect Fabian Maidana

To prepare for Maysonet Jr., Maidana logged several rounds with four-division champion Mikey Garcia, younger brother of Robert Garcia, who trained both Fabian and Mikey at the time. Mikey served as a main sparring partner, and Robert, cornerman for Marcos Maidana’s career-ending 147-pound unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their rematch in September 2014.

“We sparred often with Mikey when I used to train with Robert Garcia, first in his Oxnard, Calif. gym and then in Riverside, Calif. That was a tremendous experience for me,” the 25-year-old Maidana said.

“You always gain a lot from mixing with the best fighters, especially if you are a young fighter like me. They make you tougher and teach you how to deal with skillful fighters.”

In November 2017, Maidana scored a 10-round unanimous decision over former world champion Johan Perez in Medellin, Colombia. That victory followed three consecutive knockout wins in his native Argentina.

“Fabian’s a counter-attacker who thinks a lot and has a vicious body attack. He’s more skillful than Marcos and has totally the opposite style of ‘Chino.’ We feel good about his win over Johan Perez,” said Sebastian Contursi, who has managed the Maidana brothers.

“Fabian has the talent and the potential to be a world champion, but people think because his name is Maidana that he’s automatically ready for a title shot. He’s only had 15 fights.

“We want him to gain more experience … and to hopefully be ready for a title next year.

For a closer look at Fabian Maidana, check out his fighter page.

Unbeaten super welterweight prospect, who goes by the nickname "The Quiet Assassin," might not say much outside the ring—but he's ready to make a big statement July 28 on the PBC on Showtime card when he faces fellow unbeaten Terrel Williams.

Cincinnati native Jamontay Clark, a left-handed 6-foot-2 boxer-puncher, is the antithesis of his more widely known and vociferous 5-foot-6 pugilistic Ohio brethren, the late Aaron Pryor.

A former IBF and WBA 140-pound champion, Pryor known as ‘The Hawk,’ retired in 1990 with a mark of 39-1 that included 35 knockouts. He was known for pointing an ominous fist at opponents before each of his fights and crashing a Sugar Ray Leonard press conference before challenging him to a fight.

And then there’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), who has earned titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds while drawing criticism for his polarizing antics inside and outside the ring.

While both Pryor and Broner are known for their verbal antics before fight, Clark (13-0, 7 KOs) prefers to let his fists do his talking. He’s armed with an amalgam of speed, power, athleticism and an 80-inch reach.

“I’ve watched Aaron Pryor’s fight where he beat Tommy Hearns as an amateur. He backed up his talk with nonstop action, energy, head-movement and power,” said Clark.

“I got my nickname, ‘Quiet Assassin,’ from my coach (Kevin Bedford), because I mostly just don’t have much to say and just do my business. I don’t mind talking if somebody starts something, but I’m going to continue doing me.”

There hasn’t been much talking between Clark and his next scheduled opponent, Terrel Williams (16-0-0, 13 KOs). They are slated to meet in a super welterweight showdown July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The fight has the potential to be the toughest of Clark’s career, but he is preparing to come away victorious. Clark is newly inspired in the wake of the birth of his 3-month-old son, Jamontay Jr.

“I love everything about being a father. It’s helped me mature, get my mind right and made me a better man,” Clark said. “It’s motivating me more to use my skills and to win my fights in more [definitive] fashion. I call myself ‘Suave,’ now, because I like looking good both in and out of the ring.”

Clark’s last victory was in November at 150 pounds, the sixth time he’s fought at that weight or higher. He competed at a career-high 153¼ for a unanimous decision over Edgar Ortega in June 2016.

Despite competing at super welterweight, Clark sees his future at 147 pounds. He’s targeting world champions Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. or former titleholders Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Jessie Vargas, Devon Alexander and Andre Berto, among others.

“I’m trying to stick around at 147 until I get a title shot,” Clark said. “I’m younger and I’ll be bigger, taller and stronger than most guys at that weight.”

I’m trying to stick around at 147 until I get a title shot. I’m younger and I’ll be bigger, taller and stronger than most guys at that weight. Unbeaten 154-pound prospect Jamontay Clark

Clark displayed versatility over the course of his past three televised victories — a seventh-round stoppage over hard-punching southpaw Gaku Takahashi (March 2017), a disputed unanimous decision in June over previously unbeaten hammer-fisted left-hander Ivan Golub of the Ukraine, and a majority decision over Domonique Dolton in November.

“I never let off of the gas against Gaku,” said Clark, who went the eight-round distance against Golub and Dolton for the first time in his career. “He was a tough guy with a good chin. He kept coming and I kept coming.”

Clark edged Golub (13-0, 11 KOs coming in) at 148½ pounds in the pressure-filled atmosphere of the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

A competent counter-puncher with a sharp jab and body attack and sniper-like accuracy, Clark admits to having compromised his range against Golub in favor of a toe-to-toe, slugger-aggressor mentality.

“I could have made it a lot easier,” said Clark, who earned top honors as an amateur in the 2013 National US Championship and a spot on USA Boxing’s world team. “I can make adjustments, move a lot better, use my feet more to step around and out of the way instead of just catching shots on my arms.”

Golub was scheduled for a rematch but sustained an injury during training camp. Detroit’s Dolton replaced Golub.

Clark overcame a deep laceration over his right eyelid as a result of a clash of heads that bled profusely from the fourth round on against Dolton.

“My last fight with Dolton I had to slack up because of the butt,” Clark said. “Blood was in my eyes. There were a lot of punches I couldn’t see. I was able to bite down and get through it, otherwise, he wouldn’t have gone the distance.”

For a closer look at Jamontay Clark, check out his fighter page.

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In this episode of PBC Jabs, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder checks in to tell his side of the story regarding what went wrong in the negotiations for a heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

Plus, we preview our July 28th Showtime show headlined by a 135-pound title unification bout between champions Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. And, in case you missed it, PBC returns to FOX on August 4th with an enticing welterweight showdown between former champions Andre Berto and Devon Alexander.

Former 118-pound champion embraces the ups and downs of winning and losing a world title, but says now after dropping to 115 pounds he's at the perfect place to win back a belt—or two, in multiple weight classes.

The ups and downs of professional boxing, no fighter today knows this better than Rau’shee Warren. And the former WBA bantamweight champion loves every minute of his experience.

But the ups and downs Warren has experienced thus far aren’t limited to wins and losses, but also with gaining and cutting weight. After claiming the bantamweight title in June 2016, the 31-year-old Cincinnati native relinquished the belt less than a year later via disputed split decision to Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

Within a year, Warren had experienced the sweet taste of becoming a world champion and the bitterness of being dethroned. After such a huge letdown in his initial title defense, it would have been understandable if he’d taken time away from the ring to regroup.

But that’s not the Warren way. There was no need to regroup, his fighting skills were never an issue—the accurate punching, solid footwork and superb defense hadn’t failed him. He needed to find the appropriate weight class in which to compete at his best.

It didn’t take long for Warren to find a perfect new home. Five months after losing his 118-pound belt, Warren was back in the ring putting on arguably his best performance as a professional. This time, however, he was competing at 115 pounds.

The speed and accuracy of his punches was on point in during his junior bantamweight debut in July 2017 against McJoe Arroyo at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. So impressive was Warren’s performance that there was no suspense as to the outcome—a lopsided unanimous decision.

“I felt so good at 115 that I actually weighed in at 113,” Warren said. “I had lost to McJoe in the amateurs, so I got him back. I truly feel as if I can dominate this weight class.”

To erase any doubt that his debut performance at junior bantamweight wasn’t a fluke, Warren was more dominant in his second outing. He overwhelmed Juan Gabriel Medina in an eight-rounder April 21 en route to another lopsided unanimous decision— improving to 16-2 with 4 knockouts.

For Rau’Shee Warren going down in weight feels and looks wonderful. And there isn’t the slightest doubt in Warren’s mind that another world title is in his not-too-distant future.

There aren’t many American boxers down in these weights, so I’m trying to be the next one to do that and to go beyond that as well. Former Bantamweight World Champion Rau’shee Warren

Warren is inspired by former two-division titleholder Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, of Washington, D.C. The 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, who became the first African-American to win titles at 112- and 115-pounds before retiring in February 2006.

“Too Sharp’s accomplishments are definitely something I’m shooting for,” said Warren, who returned to Barry Hunter’s Headbangers Gym in Washington, D.C., for his fourth straight training camp.

“There aren’t many American boxers down in these weights, so I’m trying to be the next one to do that and to go beyond that as well. I’m trying to grab a title at 115, then go down to 112 for another one, and then, back up to 118 for a third one.”

To kick-start his title goals, Warren has his mind set on first dethroning IBF 115-pound champion Jerwin Ancajas. Ranked No. 2 by the IBF, Warren is certain he will claim the vacant top contender spot.

And when he gets the call for a 115-pound title bout Warren intends to immediately accept. From there it’s a matter of time until he places that world championship belt around his waist.

“I’m just waiting in line for a title shot,” Warren said. “Once I get there, I’m going to bring it, making the guy pay dearly for any mistakes.”

In addition to feeling better at 115 pounds, Warren’s skills are on an upward trajectory. He’s fine-tuned his approach inside the ring, which has made him a much more dangerous fighter. And he’s less predictable.

“Since developing a better jab, I’m no longer just an exciting fighter throwing a lot of punches. I’m seeing things much better than in the past,” Warren said.

“I’m feeling more powerful and everything’s coming easier. I’m ready to go toe-to-toe as well as box. I’m a much better all-around fighter at 115.”

Those ups and downs. In the case of Rau’Shee Warren, going down in weight, is proving to be a huge gain. And yes, reclaiming a 118-pound title remains in his plans—that’s the upside.

For a closer look at Rau’shee Warren, check out his fighter page.

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