On this day, Mikey Garcia vacated the junior welterweight IBF title as he moved back to the lightweight division to defend his WBC title, in a lightweight unification bout with IBF world champion Robert Easter Jr.
Easter was trying to make the fourth defense of his IBF lightweight title, and this was Garcia's first defense of his WBC lightweight title.
The crowd for this fight was 12,560, which took place at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California, and was also Garcia's last vintage performance as after this bout he fought Errol Spence Jr., on pay-per-view.
The bout saw Garcia put forth control and superior punching accuracy, as according to punch stats Garcia outlanded Easter 176 to 129 punches overall. CompuBox statistics showed Garcia's dominance in the final fateful rounds in which he landed 95 punches as opposed to Easter, who clocked in at 34. Though Easter provided to be a tricky opponent, he just didn't quite have enough to keep Garcia off him.
Garcia would win the fight by the scores of 116–111, 117–110, and 118–109, with the third round being the most notable moment as Garcia knocked down Robert Easter with a left hook.
After winning the bout, Garcia mentioned an interest in fighting Errol Spence Jr., which he would in the future.
The average viewership of the fight saw 680,000 people tune in with a peak viewership of 725,000.