Robert Easter Jr. didn’t get the knockout he was seeking against Luis Cruz, but he was no less dominant defending his world title in front of a hometown crowd.
If his opponent’s recent résumé is any indication, Robert Easter Jr.'s first 135-pound title defense could be a quick one. Just don’t expect the new champion to go making any brash early-knockout predictions.
Luis Cruz’s performance in his last fight was akin to that of a professional golfer who is cruising along with six-shot lead with three holes to play when he inexplicably starts shanking balls all over the course.
Back in September, dozens of friends and family members made the trek from Toledo, Ohio, to Reading, Pennsylvania, to watch Robert Easter Jr. claim a vacant 135-pound title with a win over Richard Commey. Easter’s supporters won’t have nearly as far to travel to watch their hometown hero make his first title defense.
The fight seemed to be slipping away from Ivan Redkach as it got into the late rounds, but one big left hand allowed him to regain a grip on things.
Ivan Redkach is still haunted by how his fight against Dejan Zlaticanin ended last June.
In his last fight, Ivan Redkach added an important accomplishment to his professional résumé: He proved he’s capable of rebounding from a defeat. Of course, the rising 140-pound prospect hopes he’ll never have to prove it again.