By Christopher T. Matthews
On Saturday September 17th Robert (E-Bunny) Easter Jr. the new IBF Lightweight Champ had a meet and greet in conjunction with Top Threadz, a clothing store, located in the Rocket Plaza on Dorr Street. featuring Staple Piegion, a clothing line out of New York.
Alfred Gardner a fan and a Boxing enthusiast said that he came to pay homage to the Champ. And, that it is a blessing to have a homegrown Champ right here from the Glass City. He feels that, E-Bunny is such a good spirited individual with great morality.
Deuce Draper, longtime friend and member of the Champ’s Camp, said that, it was a well deserved championship, not to mention, all of the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices that the brother has endured to obtain and earned to be in the position that he is in. He also indicated that, Toledo has a lot of talent, that will no longer be going unrecognized, and keep your eyes and ears open because there are more great things to come from this city.
Robert (Big E-Bunny) Sr., father and trainer of the champ said, “It has been a long, arduous, journey down the path that has brought them to this moment; he clearly expressed that the opportunity is there for everybody but they have to be willing to sacrifice and do what is necessary to be successful.”
Mr. Easter Sr. feels that obtaining an education is the first priority next to putting God in your life followed by discipline and respect, which are key elements that will set you apart from the masses.
When asked about the Meet and Greet and what does it mean to him, Robert Easter Jr. responded, “He is honored to be a part of the Meet and Greet and that it is not about him, it is about the fans and all of the people that showed love and support; so he thought it would be nice to reciprocate the love and support back.”
When asked how long had he been participating in the sport of boxing, Mr. Easter Jr. replied, “I was born into a boxing family and I have been in the sport since I was nine years of age.”
Robert Easter Jr. said that the boxing and the training he received from his father helped him a lot to be a more mature and wise young man. “I learned abundant discipline from this sport; it kept me out of the street and with a grounded mind state,” he stated.