Showtime Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr, Mario Barrios vs Jose Roman, and Luis Ortiz vs Razvan Cojanu
By Kid Hersh
Showtime boxing from the Staples Center in Los Angeles first featured Mario Barrios (21-0, 13KO's) vs Jose Roman (24-2, 16KO's). The first round was technical right off the bat, with Barrios looking to establish excellent range as he normally does. Barrios continued coming forward slowly in the coming rounds, putting pressure on Roman but not landing any huge shots until the fourth round. It was in the fourth round that the fight changed course from a right hand to the head by Barrios that wobbled the legs of Roman. Barrios would pursue Roman back to the ropes where he scored a knockdown off of a series of punches that concluded with a left hook high and to the back of the head of the slouching Roman. He would rise, hurt, and make it through the remainder of the round. Barrios continued pressuring his man through the fifth round, as Roman looked wounded but Barrios was unable to take his man out right away, with Roman last a few more rounds until the corner stopped the fight before the ninth round commenced.
Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24KO's) vs Razvan Cojanu (16-3, 9KO's).
Main event time featuring Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30KO's) vs Robert Easter Jr (21-0, 14KO's). Mikey Garcia threw almost no punches in the first round, with Easter pumping his jab and getting his shots rolling. In the second round, Mikey really started to implement his game plan as he pressed Easter around the ring and get Easter fighting on the back foot. In the third round, it was more of the same until Garcia landed a right hand/left hook combination that put Easter down the canvas for the second time in his career. He rose and made it through the round but Garcia was really in a great rhythm with his offense, as he continued into the fourth round to press Easter around the ring and land some heavy punches on the champion.,