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Errol Spence Jr. Outboxes Danny Garcia, Retains Unified Welterweight Titles

Errol Spence Jr. Outboxes Danny Garcia

After being absent from the ring for more than a year, Errol Spence Jr. wasted no time in silencing doubts with an impressive performance against Danny Garcia.

Spence outboxed Garcia throughout 12 rounds to get an unanimous decision win to retain the WBC and IBF welterweight titles. In front of more than 16,000 at AT&T Stadium in Texas, Spence got the win with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111.

From the start of the fight, Spence was the more aggressive fighter. He walked down Garcia and used the jab to keep him from getting into any consistent rhythm. Garcia managed to land solid right hands in small moments during the fight. But Spence’s jab, aggression and body work allowed him to easily outland the challenger as the fight got deeper. 

The first rounds were competitive with Spence narrowly outlanding Garcia 48-45 in total punches landed. But as the fight went into the second half, the gap between both fighters’ skills only widened in Spence’s favor. From rounds 5-12, Spence outlanded Garcia 142-79.

These two were originally set to face off in January, but everything was put on hold after Spence had his car accident in October 2019. This was Spence’s first fight since September 2019 when he defeated Shawn Porter to unify the WBC and IBF titles. Spence’s win over Garcia was his third straight victory on pay-per-view, further solidifying himself as a pay-per-view star.

Now that Spence is back, the rest of the welterweight division is still for the taking. Among the PBC welterweights, the two biggest names left to challenge Spence are WBA champion Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman.

Of course, the biggest name for Spence who isn’t a part of the PBC umbrella is WBO champion Terence Crawford, who attended Spence’s fight. Spence didn’t call anyone out in the post-fight press conference, but gave himself a B for his performance.

Regardless of what the future holds for Spence, he will likely be in a big fight next. Boxing’s welterweight division is filled with a number of stars and solid contenders fighters from the aforementioned champions to Yordenis Ugas, Jamal James, Vergil Ortiz and even Josesito Lopez, who had a dominant win over Francisco Santana on the pay-per-view card.

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