ARLINGTON, Texas — Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. mentioned a number of days earlier than his protection in opposition to Mikey Garcia that the battle could be one-sided in his favor. Oh, boy, was it ever.
Spence pummeled the iron-chinned Garcia for your complete battle en path to a shutout resolution as he retained his 147-pound belt for the third time earlier than a hometown crowd of 47,525 on Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium.
Within the first pay-per-view headline battle for the undefeated fighters of their prime — each of whom ranked amongst boxing’s finest pound for pound — Spence pounded Garcia spherical after spherical and gained all of them on the three judges’ scorecards: 120-107, 120-108 and 120-108. ESPN scored the battle 119-109 for Spence, giving Garcia solely the second spherical.
Give Mikey Garcia some credit score: He confirmed some actual guts by going up in weight and final 12 rounds in opposition to Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday. However Spence wasn’t simply greater and stronger, he was additionally higher — a lot better. Is Manny Pacquiao subsequent?
David Benavidez’s journey to regain his tremendous middleweight world title began with an overwhelming efficiency over J’Leon Love in a second-round TKO on Saturday on the Errol Spence Jr.-Mikey Garcia undercard.
Spence was greater, stronger, longer and simply higher than Garcia, a reigning light-weight world titlist who known as out Spence and moved up two divisions to problem him as he dared to be nice.
“I give Mikey Garcia all of the credit score for taking this battle,” Spence mentioned. “Mikey and I placed on a terrific present in entrance of all these beautiful followers. I respect him a lot and I recognize him for stepping up.”
When it was over, Spence known as out secondary welterweight world titlist and all-time nice Manny Pacquiao, who joined Spence within the ring after the battle. They might meet in July.
Spence mentioned it was an enormous deal for him to have such an enormous battle with Garcia at house.
“The motivation preventing in entrance of my hometown crowd made me really feel nice,” Spence mentioned. “These folks have supported me since day one and I needed to placed on a very good efficiency for all of them. All through coaching camp, a whole lot of commentators thought he was too sensible and I could not field in addition to him. I confirmed I can field and I can transfer my head if I wish to.”
Garcia, regardless of the shellacking, mentioned he was proud to at the least have tried and gone the space with such a top quality fighter.
“We simply went 12 rounds with a terrific welterweight champion. That is a feat nobody has executed not too long ago,” Garcia mentioned. “I am happy with what I used to be capable of do.”
He acknowledged that welterweight just isn’t for him. He nonetheless has a light-weight title and will proceed to defend it or go all the way down to junior welterweight, the place he has additionally had success.
“I’ve to return and give it some thought. I’ll most likely return to lighter divisions, however we’ll have to consider it,” he mentioned.
With stars similar to Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao and Deontay Wilder at ringside, in addition to Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, the battle started quietly with every probing the opposite with the jab, however Spence landed a number of as Garcia backed up. Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), 31, of Moreno Valley, California, started to claim himself extra within the second spherical, touchdown physique pictures and coming ahead extra in a detailed spherical.
Within the third spherical, Spence started to search out the vary on his straight left hand, sending it down the center repeatedly. He additionally landed a flush left cross, although Garcia took it properly.
Spence (25-Zero, 21 KOs), 29, from the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas, started to discover a groove within the fourth spherical. His punches started to circulate, together with three fast jabs, a straight left hand and a physique shot. Spence landed some heavy blows within the spherical, together with a left to the chin that stopped Garcia in his tracks.
Remaining punch stats
FighterTotalJabsPowerSpence345 of 1082 (32%)108 of 618 (18%)237 of 464 (51%)Garcia75 of 406 (19%)21 of 188 (11%)54 of 218 (25%)– Courtesy of CompuBox
By the fifth spherical, Spence was dominating, imposing his measurement and energy on Garcia, who was sport however may do little. Spence continued to land heavy pictures within the sixth spherical aside from temporary moments when Garcia unloaded a number of ineffective punches.
Spence was in complete management as he continued to fireside jabs and physique pictures and slam left palms off Garcia’s head. No matter Garcia’s sport plan was, it was not working in any respect. However he confirmed a sturdy chin to take so many onerous, clear pictures.
Spence, seemingly satisfied Garcia couldn’t harm him, was throughout him within the ninth spherical. It was a cascade of energy punches with nearly nothing of consequence coming again at him.
Garcia was nearly staggering across the ring as Spence unloaded on him.
As Spence continued to hammer Garcia within the 11th spherical, referee Jon Schorle took a detailed look however let the beating go on and on. It was extra of the identical within the ultimate spherical, however Garcia one way or the other managed to stay on his toes till the ultimate bell.
“I actually recognize the love and help of the followers tonight. It is a terrific evening and all of the credit score to Errol. He is a terrific champion. He is ‘The Reality,'” Garcia mentioned, referencing Spence’s nickname. “He executed his sport plan very properly.
“He got here out right here with a very good sport plan and stored the space at his favor. I could not get my rhythm going and he did what he needed to do. I attempted to make changes and he stored executing. I used to be capable of maintain my very own. I felt good and I felt robust myself. I feel he felt my energy, however he positively has energy additionally.”
Garcia, who had gained world titles in 4 divisions — featherweight, junior light-weight, light-weight and junior welterweight — was bidding for one in a fifth weight class and to hitch all-time greats Henry Armstrong and Pacquiao as the one former featherweight world titleholders to additionally win a world title at welterweight. Nevertheless it was to not be. Regardless of Garcia’s claims that the dimensions distinction wouldn’t be a difficulty, it was for positive, as he couldn’t take care of Spence’s physicality.
Not solely was it a landslide on the scorecards, it was for Spence within the CompuBox statistics, as he landed 345 of 1,082 punches thrown (32 p.c) — each profession highs. He landed extra punches than any opponent ever has in opposition to Garcia within the 21 fights of his that CompuBox has tracked. Spence outlanded him 86-11 in physique pictures.
“The sport is to be sensible; it is the candy science,” Spence mentioned. “I had the dimensions and attain benefit, so why not use it to remove the jab? It is a weapon for me and it takes away considered one of his weapons.”
Garcia’s output was shockingly poor. He landed simply 75 of 406 pictures (19 p.c) and linked with double-digit punches solely within the fifth spherical when he was credited with touchdown 10.
“My brother needed to possibly cease the battle within the later rounds,” Garcia mentioned of Robert Garcia, who can also be his coach. “He did not wish to let me get hit extra, however I informed him I used to be advantageous and I attempted to go on the market and pull it off. I believed I may have landed one good shot to alter every part, however I wasn’t capable of land it.”
It was simply an amazing efficiency by Spence, who mentioned he hoped to battle Pacquiao subsequent.
“He is damaged information right here earlier than, he is a legend within the sport, and it might be my honor to battle him subsequent,” Spence mentioned of Pacquiao, boxing’s solely eight-division world champion.
Pacquiao, standing subsequent to him within the ring and in search of a summer time opponent, mentioned he was considering a battle that will be comparatively simple to make, provided that they’re each with Premier Boxing Champions.
“Sure, why not? We’ll give the followers a very good battle,” mentioned Pacquiao, who has fought twice and gained each occasions at AT&T Stadium in 2010. “I am so joyful to be right here in Dallas, and I hope I will probably be again right here quickly.”