On Saturday night, March 16, 2019 we witnessed undefeated the WBC Lightweight World Champion – Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs) – move up not one but two weight classes to challenge the boogeyman IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) in a huge showdown. A lot of fans, experts, legends and current fighters had Spence as the huge favorite given his significant size advantage over Garcia.
From the opening bell it was exactly what everyone expected. Errol used the natural size difference to simply impose his will on Garcia. Spence controlled the fight. Errol used his reach keeping Garcia at the end of his jab, and controlled the distance rarely letting Mikey get inside which seemed to thwart Garcia’s game plan. Errol Spence mixed up his power shots very well with his jab, digging to the body when he saw an opening which eventually set up his power head shots.
Mikey Garcia had some minor success inside early on in the fight, as he went in behind his defense to attack Spence’s body. This kept Spence at bay for a short while, but after rounds four and five, Mikey was unable to do much of anything and seemed to be in survival mode for a majority of the fight.
The fight went to the scorecards and Errol won by a wide unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-107), with Spence pitching a shutout in the eyes of the three judges.
So what did we learn about both fighters:
- Mikey has a great chin
- Errol Spence’ skills need be respected more
- Mikey needs to stay at 135 or 140
- Errol Spence Jr. will continue to be the boogeyman in the welterweight division
What’s next for both fighters:
- Mikey is most likely going to go back to 140 pounds, which is still a new division for him with him only having fought twice at that weight
- The only fight at lightweight that makes sense for Mikey is Vasiliy Lomachenko.
- Spence Jr. has a lot of potential opponents but his opponents don’t seem to want to fight him.
- The next fight for Spence is probably Manny Pacquiao, but if we are lucky fans will get to see Spence Jr. vs Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman.