By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Arlington, TX (March 17th, 2019)– 25-0 Errol Spence Jr. is still the international Boxing Federation World Welterweight champion, and Manny Pacquiao could be next in his 147-pound divisional future. In the main event of a 17 bout card at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Spence won a unanimous 12 round decision over 39-0 Mikey Garcia, a four divisional champion attempting to move up in weight. The fight, as Spence predicted, was a lopsided massacre.
Southpaw Spence, a native of DeSoto, Texas, entertained the hometown crowd by torturing Garcia, from Moreno Valley, California, with Spence landing 405 of 1082 punches thrown. The defensive Garcia, whose face ended the bout cherry red, landed only 75 of 345 punches thrown, averaging six or seven punches landed per round. Spence landed 218 of 464 power shots. Garcia walked around the ring holding his gloves up and became a walking punching bag, and it was not pleasant to watch. With no desire to take chances, and no desire to change to a different game plan, Garcia simply took the money and let Spence fight his fight. Mikey took an enthusiastic beating, proving it was a foolhardy venture for him to try to go up in weight without any experience in the welterweight division.
Spence smartly kept the bout in the center of the ring, and away from the ropes. Using height and reach advantage to perfection, and landing jabs, combinations, and power shots with sparkling accuracy, Spence came close getting a stoppage in the ninth round by landing numerous power shots and uppercuts with aggression, for a 10-8 round. Real Combat Media scored the bout 120-107 for Spence. Attendance of 47,535 was the third largest ever at AT&T Stadium.
Manny Pacquiao entered the ring after the bout. “It would be my honor to fight him (Spence) next. Yeah, why not? It would be a good fight. I’m so happy to be back in Dallas, , and I hope to be back soon.”
Spence stated after the bout “I feel good. I wanted to put on a good performance, just for the motivation of fighting in my hometown. I had size advantage. I had reach. I give Garcia all the credit in the world for taking this fight. I respect him so much. I’ll have Shawn Porter for dinner.”
Garcia noted his faulty game plan after the bout. “I thought I could land one good punch, but it wasn’t enough. I went 12 rounds with a great welterweight champion. We (my team) will probably go (back) down to the lighter divisions. We’ll be back.”
Result: Errol Spence Jr. Win 12 Mikey Garcia, Welterweights
Spence retains International Boxing Federation World Welterweight title
Spence wins vacant World Boxing Council Diamond Welterweight title
Scoring: 120-108, 120-108, 120-107 Spence. Referee: Jon Schorle
AT&T Stadium, Major Undercard Results
Chris Arreola TKO 3 Jean Pierre Augustin, Heavyweights (2:03)
Comebacking Arreola, age 38, decked 17-0-1 Haitian Augustin, with a horrible beating.
Charles Martin Win Disqualification 8 Gregory Corbin, Heavyweights (0:53)
15-0 Corbin disqualified for hitting ex-world champion Martin with numerous low blows.
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