Robert Easter Jr is set to make the third defence of his lightweight title against former world champion Javier Fortuna on the undercard of Spence vs Peterson on January 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“When I first won the title I knew that many obstacles would be thrown at me, but that’s what the game is all about,” Easter said. “I’ve successfully overcome them and defended the title in some tough fights and on January 20th we’re looking to do the same thing. I believe every fighter can give you problems, but professionals make adjustments and take over the fight. That’s what I’m going to do. I know he’s a former world champion looking to regain a title, but this time he signed up for the wrong guy. We always work hard, and we’ve turned it up a notch since we found out who the opponent would be. I’m just excited. I’m ready to go today if I have to.”
Fortuna, who claimed his first world title victory at the Barclays Center is on a run of form, and keen to claim another world title having racked up four consecutive wins since his only career loss, to Jason Sosa, in 2016.
“I’m just very gracious, appreciative and honoured for the opportunity to fight for the world title again,” Fortuna said. “I feel really good about this fight. With God first I will be a world champion again. Easter is tall, active and he’s strong. But I feel like I’m stronger and I can punch much harder. Training is going smoothly now, but the intensity will pick up as we get closer to the fight.”