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SPECIAL REPORTING BY ERIC KELLY

Robert Easter took a step up fight Friday night and passed the test, bigtime, stopping out ex champ Algenis Mendez in DC, and on SPIKE.

NYF correspondent gives us his take:

“I think that Robert Easter has a promising future. He’s learning. He’s a sharp technician, he uses his jab and throws good punches. I like how he puts his combinations together. The lightweight division has something to worry about with Easter. If he ever shows that he can box and move, and use his legs behind that long jab and rip a nice uppercut, then we may have a future hall of famer on our hands.”

WHOAH. Kelly doesn’t grade easy! That’s saying something!

Anthony Peterson, brother of 140 pound kingpin Lamont Peterson got a victory last night in a good, but not so intelligent performance against the previously undefeated Samuel Kotey Neequaye. These two guys really didn’t impress me, I was looking for more skill and technique and speedy, flashy combinations but they just plodded toward one another, often WITHOUT using the jab and beat each other on the gloves and side of the head. Still a good win for Peterson though, but let’s seem him perform with doing more than just enough to win. I mean he has the tools, but he manages to always fight like the same Peterson from the Brandon Rios fight.”

And what did Kelly think about Gervonta Davis’ W? “Gervonta Davis is the man! Tank is shorter, Tank is thick built. Reminiscent of a fire hydrant, but like a Brooklyn fire hydrant on a hot summer day, Tank exploded. Davis out-boxed and out-punched Guillermo Avillia until the fight was stopped in the 6th round. Tank seems like he MIGHT be the total package. He’s strong, he moves his head, he attacks the body well, he has speed and he’s not flat footed. Granted, he’s young and is still learning on the job but I may give him employee of the month. Another thing I like about Tank is that he seems to have star quality, he seems to be the type of guy that the people will talk about, all while not making himself look like another pugilistic idiot. Let’s see how he advances, as his level of opposition grows. After all, he’s moving fast and he’s in the same lightweight division as some of the games’ biggest killers, not just Robert Easter Jr but what about other undefeated warrior names DeJan Zlaticanin!?”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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