Errol Spence Jr. is back.
“The Truth” retained his IBF and WBC welterweight belts with a 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 unanimous decision win over former champion Danny Garcia (36-3-0, 21 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday night.
Spence Jr. (27-0-0, 21 KOs) was returning after a serious car accident almost 14 months previous. He worked behind his jab, throwing Garcia’s counterpunch timing off and applying constant pressure to Garcia’s left eye.
While Garcia kept fighting, he never seemed to adjust to Spence Jr.’s game plan.
Spence's jab (84 landed) and hard body punching (76 landed among his 187 connects) were the difference vs. Garcia who never was able to slow down Spence despite landing 103 power shots. @PBConFOX #SpenceGarcia pic.twitter.com/2ZMnAOf8Qz
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) December 6, 2020
WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford watched the fight at ringside. Most pundits agree that Spence vs. Crawford is the biggest fight in boxing, but Spence Jr. tried to downplay it in the post-fight press conference.
“I’m not thinking about that,” Spence said. “I’m thinking about seeing my kids tomorrow and chilling on my ranch and finally riding my horses after 10, 12 weeks.”
At any rate, Spence Jr. did prove that his boxing skills did not diminish and this latest victory puts some pressure on Crawford, who defeated Kell Brook in his last contest, to recapture the spotlight.
It’s worth noting that Canelo Alvarez, another potential Errol Spence Jr. megamatchup opponent is scheduled to fight at super middleweight against Callum Smith on Dec 19.