Garcia Challenges Spence on March 16
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
We are now days away from what’s sure to be an early candidate for the fight of the year! This coming Saturday Night, IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against four-division world champion and current WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. This matchup came about as Mikey Garcia choose to challenge Errol Spence.
This is already one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing matches in boxing ss each of the boxers will be putting their undefeated streaks on the line. Although Spence comes in as the naturally bigger, taller opponent and Mikey has his technical boxing skills advantage. Can Mikey brawl with the bigger Spence or will his size and punching power be too much for Mickey?
As Mikey talked to us about his reasoning for wanting to take on this fight, when asked about why he wanted this fight, “The media doesn’t give enough credit to a certain fighter, unless he moves up in weight…” “The reason why I’m doing this is because I want to show everyone that I am a fu$&%#@ badass.” Garcia went to say, “There’s a lot more into my game than you ever thought… In order for me to show you that, I need to take on this challenge, I needed to show what I can do against a top guy like Errol Spence”
When we had an opportunity to talk to Errol Spence, I was interested in hearing how he felt about Garcia for calling him out and “if he admired Garcia for wanting to step up and fight him,” Spence responded by saying, “I respect him. I really respect Mikey Garcia and his skills and his talent. It’s apparent. But other than that, I’ll respect him after the fight depending on this whole game plan and things like that. I definitely respect him for taking the fight and now that he’s rising to the challenge, he challenged me.” Spence continued on to say, “I don’t know who I would be fighting or where I would be fighting at if he didn’t call me out. So, this is a great fight and the magnitude of the fight is great too. So, I’m just grateful to have this big fight of this type of magnitude on FOX pay-per-view. So, I’m happy to be at the here right now.”
My next question for Spence was, “What concerns you most about Mikey Garcia the most?” He confidently responded by saying, “Nothing really. I feel like I’ve seen every style there is to see. Especially a guy like Mikey Garcia who’s very traditional and has a good full body of work. But at the end of the day, he’s very traditional. I’m very familiar with his style and what he does, things like that. I’ll be prepared for anything that he brings to the table.”
Lastly, I asked the IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence, “If he was just as excited to be in this fight as we are to see this fight?” He response was what you might have guessed, as he is going back home to work for a week on the company dime, “I’m definitely excited. I was excited as soon as I found out where it was going to be at and basically it was just an easy fight to make. I wanted to fight, and it made sense for it to happen here. I’m excited to be fighting at home again and especially because we’re fighting at AT&T Stadium.”
When asked about this fight the great Richard Shaffer boasted, “In almost 20 years promoting the biggest events, I do not remember a single one event which delivered an undefeated in their prime and top five pound-for-pound fighter.” He’s right, it’s not often we get to see two undefeated world champions, two world champions in their prime, both recognized among the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Get your popcorn ready, because this is a must-see fight.
This Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event which will be headlined by the unbeaten fighters Spence and Garcia Saturday night, March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View undercard begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature undefeated former super middleweight champion David Benavidez battling veteran contender J’Leon Love. Also unbeaten former bantamweight champion Luis Nery taking on former champion McJoe Arroyo and fan-favorite Chris Arreola facing unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin. Prelims will be aired on FS1 and FOX Deportes and begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT featuring former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin squaring off against unbeaten Dallas-native Gregory Corbin.
Tickets for this showdown, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium. Spence vs. Garcia will be shown on big screens across the nation through FathomEvents. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
As a boxing fan since the mid-eighties, I am extremely excited to see the battle of unbeaten champions. I do like the family bond displayed within the Garcia boxing family; Garcia has a lineage behind him… however, I think the bigger, stronger, likely faster Errol Spence will be too much for Garcia to endure for 12 rounds. Let me know what you think about the potential fight of the year by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports on Twitter.