By Mark Elezaj
This past Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, Errol Spence Jr. (25-0 22KO’s) showed that not only was he too big and too strong, but he was also too good for Mikey Garcia. Spence put on a boxing clinic both offensively and defensively, and Garcia looked lost although he was able to go the distance.
Spence spent most of the fight picking Garcia apart. He showed us that his boxing IQ was brilliant. He consistently attacked to the head and body, while avoiding anything that Garcia tried to throw,proving to the world that he is one of the best pound for pound boxers today. In the end, all three judges scored the fight unanimously for the champion.
“Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn’t box as well as him,” Spence said.
“I showed I can box and I can move my head if I want to.
“The game is to be smart. It’s the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It’s a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons.”
CompuBox had Spence landing 345 of 1,082 punches, 270 more than Garcia, who only landed 75 of 406 punches. According to CompuBox, Spence connected on 183 more power punches (237 of 464 to 54 of 218) and 87 more jabs (108 of 618 to 21 of 188).
Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), lost for the first time in his professional career, a career in which he has won world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.
Garcia moved up two weight classes to face Spence. In his last fight, Garcia beat Robert Easter Jr. by unanimous decision July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, retaining the WBC lightweight title and winning the IBF 135 pound belt from Easter.
It was clear that Garcia, who was unable to respond with any offense at all throughout the fight, was taking unnecessary punishment as the fight continued on. Robert Garcia, his older brother and trainer, wanted to stop the fight.
“My brother wanted to maybe stop the fight in the later rounds,” Mikey Garcia said.
“He didn’t want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off. I thought I could have landed one good shot to change everything, but I wasn’t able to land it.”
“We just went 12 rounds with a great welterweight champion,” Garcia said.
“That’s a feat no one has done recently. I’m proud of what I was able to do. I have to go back and think about it. I will probably go back to lighter divisions, but we’ll have to think about it.”
After the fight, Spence said he wanted to face the WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who just so happened to be sitting at ringside. Pacquiao stated, prior to the fight, that he was interested in fighting the winner.
Pacquiao came inside the ring and said he was more than willing to face Spence. “Yeah, why not? We’ll give the fans a good fight. I’m so happy to be here in Dallas and I’m hoping I will be back here soon.”
My hats off to Mikey Garcia, who showed his heart throughout the fight. He has nothing to be ashamed of, he gave it his all but was outclassed and out worked by the bigger and better fighter. Errol Spence Jr. is the truth, he’s an amazing talent and that makes for must see TV.
Spence calling out Manny Pacquiao, now 40 years old and definitely not what he once was, will still do big numbers. Pacquiao is still a brave fighter who wants to give the fans his best. I don’t see Pacquiao winning but I do see a fun action packed fight for how long it will last.
~ The Fighting Voice ~