Errol “The Truth” Spence puts a Texas Beat Down on on Mikey Garcia
March 16, 2019
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)
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Errol “The Truth” Spence puts a Texas Beat Down on on Mikey Garcia

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

47,525 Fans including the likes of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather packed inside an electric AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, Saturday night to watch two of the top pound for pound fighters in the world go toe to toe for boxing supremacy. DeSoto Texas’ own and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (24-0, 21 KO’s) easily defended his title against the undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KO’s) in a highly anticipated and historic showdown. The bout between Garcia and Spence also marked the fourth fight at AT&T Stadium. Spence wasted no time popping his jab from outside, using his reach and his height to easily outbox the four division Mexican champion. Garcia stayed one step behind Spence throughout the whole fight and at the end of the 12th round Spence had out landed Garcia 345-75. With the victory Spence cemented his name amongst the top pound for pound fighters the world and took a big step to becoming a global boxing superstar. At the end of the night it wasn’t necessarily the power of Spence that secured his win but the overall ring generalship and boxing knowledge that lead the IBF Champion to a shutout victory, and after the final bell the judges had the fight 120-107, and 120-108 x2. After the fight Spence stated “The motivation fighting in front of my hometown crowd made me feel great. These people have supported me since day one and I wanted to put on a good performance for all of them. Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn’t box as well as him. I showed I can box and I can move my head if i want to. The game is to be smart, it’s the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It’s a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons. I give Mikey Garcia all the credit for taking this fight. Mikey and I put on a great show in front of all these lovely fans. I respect him so much and I appreciate him for stepping up.”

Garcia stated. “I really appreciate the love and support of the fans tonight. It’s a great night and all the credit to Errol, he’s a great champion. He’s the truth. He executed his game plan very well. He came out here with a good game plan and kept the distance at his favor. I couldn’t get my rhythm going and he did what he had to do. I tried to make adjustments and he kept executing. I was able to hold my own. I felt good and I felt strong myself. I think he felt my power, but he definitely has power also.My brother wanted to maybe stop the fight in the later rounds. He didn’t want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off. I thought I could have landed one good shot to change everything, but I wasn’t able to land it.”

In the Co-Main event of the night the 22-year old former WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David “El Banda Roja” Benavidez took on and easily stopped the veteran fighter J’Leon Love (24-3-1, 13 KO’s) in fight Benavidez needed to win to set him up for a chance to regain his title he was stripped of last fall after testing positive for cocaine. Benavidez easily beat Love to the punch and hurt him in the 2nd round forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 1:14 mark of the round. After the fight Benavidez stated. “It’s a dream come true to fight on this stage in front of these fans. These fans give me the motivation to get up every day and go the extra mile. I expected to knock him out, but when I hit him with the first good shot, I knew he wasn’t going to last. I tried to pace myself, but it wasn’t necessary tonight. I saw Anthony Dirrell with the WBC belt. He can’t call himself champion until he fights me. That’s my belt. I’m going to go get it. It’s mine.”

Also on the card, was undefeated Luis “Pantera” Nery (29-0, 23 KO’s) who was seeking to get back into title contention, after losing the belt on the scale, when he failed to make weight for his rematch with Shinsuke Yamanaka in March of last year. Nery battled the savvy Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo (18-3, 8 KO’s). Arroyo who has never been stopped and only two losses came in highly contested bouts against former world champion Rau’Shee Warren and current champion Jerwin Ancajas came across a different monster in Nery who used a solid jab and powerful combinations to hurt Arroyo early and often. Nery dropped Arroyo once  in the second, once in the third, and twice in the fourth round on his way to a technical-knockout victory. After watching their fighter get brutally beaten, Arroyo’s corner told referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight, following the fourth round. With the official time being 10. Of round five. After the fight Nery stated. “I’m happy to start on the right foot here in my U.S. debut and show everyone I’m still the best. We’re going to train hard and hopefully by June, we’ll have the belt back”.

To kick off the PPV Portion of the card the 38 year old Chris “The Nightmare”Arreola (37-5-1, 32 KO’s) of Riverside, California looked to keep his hopes of one day winning world title alive with his victory over the previously undefeated Jean Pierre Augustin (17-1-1, 12 KO’s) Arreola came out strong popping his jab and firing on all cylinders. Arreola dropped the prospect in the third, Augustin beat the count, but Arreola continued to hurt him. Forcing referee Neal Young to step in and stop their scheduled 10-round bout at 2:03 mark of the third round. “Augustin is a hungry kid who tried to make a name off of me. I lose and I’m out, but I’m not going out. I touched him a couple of times and saw he was hurt. I stayed calm and the stoppage came. I love fighting. We’re both were trying to beat the crap out of each other and I love it. I’m blessed to be a fighter.” Stated Arreola after the fight.

To open up the televised FS1 portion of the night former Heavyweight World Champion Charles Martin (26-2-1, 22 KO’s) entered the ring against local undefeated heavyweight Gregory Corbin (15-1, 9 KO’s) of Dallas, Texas. Martin clearly dominated the fight that was marred by a number of low blows landed by his opponent Corbin. It was in the 8th round that referee Mark Calo-oy had seen enough and called a halt to the bout at the 53 second mark of the round. Martin who fought for the first time since being beat by  Adam Kownacki last fall at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn stated “I don’t think he really wanted to fight, he wanted to hit me low and see how much he could get away with. I could sense that he didn’t want to engage any more. We’re going to get back in camp, take a few days off and then get back to work. We’re staying busy in 2019.”

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