Spence Jr. defeats Garcia for first win following Texas car accident

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Errol Spence Jr. defeated challenger Danny Garcia on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Spence Jr. won the bout one-year after a horrific accident in Texas.

Spence Jr. was able to recover from the crash. He then won the bout against Garcia in a unanimous decision.

Boxing Champion Errol Spence Jr. attempts to punch Danny Garcia during their title fight on Fox Sports Premier Boxing Championship Pay-Per-View fight night
Errol Spence Jr. attempts to punch Danny Garcia during their title fight on Fox Sports Premier Boxing Championship Pay-Per-View fight night (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports)

With the win, Spence Jr. retained his World Boxing Council World Welterweight Championship. In addition, he also retained the International Boxing Federation World Welterweight Championship.

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“Danny Garcia pushed me to the limits, especially in training camp,” Spence Jr. said in a post-fight interview. “I watched him train. I watched him train hard. I’ve been watching his fights since he was an amateur and I knew what he brought to the table. He’s a great champion. I knew I had to be 100% ready. That’s why I chose him. That’s why we got this fight. I fought him at home and I’m glad everyone came out. I appreciate everyone for coming through. Be patient with me because I had to check off some cob webs. This was a comeback fight for me. I’ll definitely be 120% for my next fight.”

The 30-year-old improved to 27-0 in his career. He has 21 wins by knockout.

This was his first bout since he won a split decision over Shawn Porter in September 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. However, it was Spence Jr,’s first unanimous decision win since he won against Mikey Garcia in March 2019, also at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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One month after the Porter fight, Spence Jr. was involved in the bad crash. He was also charged with DWI following his Ferrari crash.

“The moment is surreal,” Spence Jr. said. “Coming back from the accident, I feel like I looked pretty good tonight. All training camp I felt good. I told people I didn’t want a tune-up fight. I proved to everyone that I’m the best 147-pound fighter in the world.”

With the loss, Garcia fell to 36-3 in his boxing career. Two of his three losses have lost by unanimous decision.

He also lost a split decision win to Keith Thurman in March 2017. However, this was the first-time that Garcia suffered a loss outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Garcia lost to Thurman and Porter at the Barclays Center.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native will look to rebound in his next fight. At this time, it’s not clear when that’ll be.

“I was trying to be more active,” Garcia said. “He did a good job taking away what I wanted to do. Everyone is looking for my left hook, so I thought my right hand could be the difference. I had some success going to the body with it. When two champions fight, one guy is going to be better on the night.”

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