Errol Spence Jr. retained the IBF/ WBC welterweight titles with an outstanding performance, outworking former two division champion Danny Garcia over 12 round to win a unanimous decision at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The topic trending in the build up was mostly about how much damage the accident might have had on Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) . and how the damage could affect his punch resistance but that’s all in the shadows now as the Unified welterweight titlist was able to out class the hard hitting Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) over 12 rounds to retain his titles. The Judge’s Tim Cheatham (117-111), Barry Lindenman (116-112) and Steve Weisfeld (116-112) all scored the fight for Spence.
“The moment’s surreal, man” Spence told FOX Sports’ Jordan Plant. “It’s been a dream of mine just to come back from the accident. [After] a year-and-a-half layoff, you know, I thought I looked pretty good. There was a little ring rust in there. I got a little tired, but I think I shook off the cobwebs. You know, I’ll be ready to fight again in the summertime.”
Spence came out firing in the opening round of the fight and had Garcia retreating, hoping to hit Spence on the counter. They were both connecting heavy punches and looking for a knockout.
Garcia was conserved as Spence kept boxing well, controlling the action and pace of the fight. Garcia kept the fight competitive, despite some serious pressure,coming his way from Spence.
Spence kept moving forward and applying pressure on Garcia, who was pretty much trying his best to stay competitive. Spence stuck to his Jab while trying to force the Philadelphian to engage, he picked his punch output and with that out-worked the former two division champion.
By the sixth round, Garcia was cut and already bleeding from th constant incoming jabs from Spence. Garcia’s face was swollen and to make things worst, while working on Garcia’s body in the seventh round, there was an accidental clash of heads that caused a swelling on Spence Jr.
Spence resumed his mulling in the eight round, backed Garcia up on the ropes and connected combinations to the head and body of the former two divisions champion. Spence increase his workrate in the ninth round, doing more bodywork on Garcia, totally outworking him.
Spence took a break in the tenth round and Garcia resumed, dominating the round till the final thirty seconds, when Spence decided to get Garcia a break. The eleventh round was a Spence round as he came pressing,backing Garcia up with some accurate shots.
Spence was so aggressive in the final round, total dominating Garcia with punches to the head and body of Garcia, who then seemed exusted with very little reply to give till the final bell.
“He was just the better man tonight,” Garcia said. “No excuses. You know, I fought a hard, tough fight. He had a pretty good jab. … You know, I fought hard and I’m proud.”
Having already handled Garcia, Spence will now turn his focus towards a possible unification fight with either WBA champion Manny Pacquiao or face Terence Crawford, who was ring side watching him defeat Garcia