Deep in the heart of Texas, after a 14-month layoff there was one question – who is Errol Spence Jr.? The answer is, he’s still “The Truth”. Returning after a car accident in October 2019, ring rust did not seem to be an issue for Spence as he took home a comfortable unanimous decision over Danny Garcia. This fight was originally scheduled for January 25th of this year but was postponed due to Spence’s injuries suffered in the car accident. The Covid-19 pandemic also delayed the fight from being rescheduled earlier in the year.
Spence looked very comfortable from the opening bell. Spence used his jab and bodywork to control the night. Garcia had brief moments of competitiveness, but could do nothing to stem the tide of the fight. Garcia’s eye was looking puffy by the start of the 7th round courtesy of Spence jabs. There was also a clash of heads during that round that caused concern, but nothing came of it.
Garcia’s best punch came in the 10th round when he landed a very good right hook, which stopped Spence in his tracks. That was the theme of this fight over the course of the evening. Spence was constantly working, and Garcia would land a good punch but could do nothing to further capitalize upon it to build momentum. At a certain point, late in the fight you could see Garcia was resigned to his fate and content to end the fight on his feet.
The final scorecards for the fight were 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 all for Errol Spence Jr. With this victory, Spence retained his IBF and WBC welterweight titles and firmly placed himself back in the forefront of the 147lb. division. This victory was impressive because Garcia’s 2 prior defeats was a very close split-decision loss to Keith Thurman, and a close decision loss to Shawn Porter. This was the first bout in which Garcia looked to be outclassed.
The victory moves Spence to (27-0, 21 KOs) and drops Danny Garcia to (36-3, 21KOs). With this victory in the rearview, and Terrence Crawford’s win 2 weeks ago, the boxing world once again eyes this mega-matchup in hopes that it will become a reality in 2021.