Robert Easter Jr. wanted to make a statement Friday night by being the first man to knock out former 130-pound champion Algenis Mendez. Consider that statement delivered—with authority.
Robert Easter Jr. looks across the ring at Algenis Mendez and sees a fighter who is smaller, slower and less skillful. He also sees a fighter whose last loss was to Rances Barthelemy, a two-division champion whom Easter believes is no more talented than he is.
Although Robert Easter Jr. will officially be facing a former champion for the first time in his career when he takes on Algenis Mendez on April 1, the experience will be nothing new in the eyes of the 135-pound prospect.
Jose Uzcategui vowed that Julius Jackson wouldn’t last six rounds against him Tuesday night, and the man nicknamed “Money” cashed in on that prediction.
Miguel Vazquez is one of the lucky ones. He started out his career fighting mostly at 140 and 147. It wasn’t until 2008 that he came down to 135 for good.
Some kids graduate from swimmies to the doggie paddle before they come around to the breaststroke and butterfly; some just jump feetfirst into the lake and take it from there.