WBC, IBF World Welterweight Title Fight: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia (TV: Fox PPV)
Saturday, December 5th, Prelims 7:00 PM ET (FS2), Main Card 9:00 PM ET (Fox PPV), AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
WBC, IBF World Welterweight Title Fight: Errol Spence Jr. (26-0) vs. Danny Garcia (36-2)
Fight odds: Errol Spence Jr. -500 Danny Garcia +350
The upcoming welterweight matchup between Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia harkens back to the 1980’s, the golden age of the welterweight division. Legends like Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns dominated and fought each other in the welterweight division. In this era, fighters like Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia are vying for supremacy in the welterweight division (147 lbs).
Spence beat Shawn Porter by split decision in his most recent fight back in September of 2019. It was a close and competitive fight, one I attended in person and it was the toughest fight of Spence’s career. Porter really made Spence work for real estate in the ring because of his forward pressure and ability to frustrate Spence with borderline dirty tactics like elbows and headbutts that make Porter one of the best welterweights in the division because of his unorthodox style and decent punching power.
Spence was able to get a knockdown of Porter with a left hook as he leaned his head forward in the 11th Round that helped him edge out the decision in a close fight. After the fight Spence said, “Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter, I didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He made it tough.” However, Spence still proved he is the bigger and more powerful welterweight despite the swarming nature of Porter’s style who prefers a phone booth fight. In the Porter fight, Spence proved he could win a brawl and in the Mikey Garcia fight Spence showed he could box his way to a victory as he beat up Garcia for 12 Rounds.
Spence is known for his knockout power, with a 26-0 record and 21 wins by knockout. Spence can land devastating punches to the head or body of his opponents and they often crumble under his power. The dream welterweight matchup would be Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. and hopefully it happens sometime in 2021. They are the two top ranked welterweights in the division, while Danny Garcia ranks 6th. Crawford vs. Spence is one of the biggest fights in boxing and it would be the biggest welterweight fight in modern history.
Spence is 30, 5’9 and 146.5 lbs. with a 72 inch reach. Garcia is 32, 5’8 and 146.75 lbs. with a 68.5 inch reach. Danny Garcia represents unique challenges for Spence as he is a slick boxer that can counterpunch effectively and throw punches down the middle with excellent fundamentals and timing. Garcia is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ivan Redkach in January of 2020. Spence is not taking a tune up fight in his first fight back after a near fatal car crash where he nearly lost his life. Luckily, Spence did not suffer any long term injuries and will be put to the test against Danny Garcia.
Garcia doesn’t have the knockout power that Spence does so he will need to use his speed and timing to catch Spence in-between punches. Garcia tends to sit down on his power punches and Spence will take full advantage of this by punching first in most of the exchanges. Expect this to be an exciting and competitive fight between two top welterweights that are wanting to establish supremacy in the division. Garcia is a great fighter, but Spence is elite and has one punch knockout power. Garcia can’t let Spence fight on the front foot and control the center of the ring. Garcia needs to establish his own space in the ring and attempt to make Spence think twice about unloading with power punches by countering effectively.
Garcia is 36-2, with 21 wins by knockout and with losses to Keith Thurman by split decision and Shawn Porter by unanimous decision. Garcia has learned from those losses, but has never faced an opponent with the power and imposing physical frame that Spence possesses. Most welterweights avoid Spence, so give credit to Garcia for taking this fight. This fight has huge implications for the welterweight division, so don’t expect Spence to squander the opportunity to beat a tough opponent in Danny Garcia. The forward pressure, power and accuracy of Spence will be too much for Garcia to handle and Spence should win by unanimous decision. Tune in for a huge welterweight clash on Fox PPV.