Philadelphia’s top welterweight Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) looks to regain some belts in the division as it appears his long-awaited fight with Errol Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) is set for November.
The two fighters under the Premier Boxing Champions banner have the date tentatively scheduled and will appear of Fox pay per view with the IBF and WBC welterweight titles at stake. The right to move the fight has been reserved as it seems as though PBC is holding their breath and hoping they can sell tickets to fans for the event, and will likely delay the fight should that not be the case.
Originally slated for January 25th, Spence was in a one-car accident which left him with a broken jaw (or not, there’s still some debate) and a DWI charge two weeks after the announcement. Spence was coming off back to back statement victories over Mikey Garcia (no relation) and Shawn Porter in September.
Garcia cruised to an easy victory over Ivan Redkach in January, who was by no coincidence a southpaw, to practice for Spence’s left-handed style which is yet to be bested. While Spence is likely to be the favorite, many questions loom over this fight. Spence’s training comes into question when you consider that in an April interview he stated he was still unable to spar. There is also his mental and physical state, having not seen him in the ring against anyone since his accident. Combine that with a 14-month layoff for a fighter who has never been off that long before and anyone would start to worry.
Then mix in the fact that Danny Garcia is still a top fighter in the division. Despite losses to champions in Porter and Thurman (both of which were very close fights) Garcia’s record is impressive and his chin is known as one of the better in the division. Even healthy the idea that Spence would stop Garcia isn’t a likely scenario. If Spence is aggressive, but can’t control difference and doesn’t come with his top skillset, Garcia is a fighter who can counterpunch well enough, and land that big left hook enough times to win.
Steve Kim of ESPN.com picked Garica by KO in their boxing writers debate on the matchup, with Cameron Wolfe and Ben Baby taking Spence by decision. In what has been a very interrupted year in boxing, it seems as though this could be one of the top displays of the year, and you wouldn’t want to miss it.
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