THE GREAT WELTERWEIGHT DEBATE GETS HEATED!
ARLINGTON, TX – (March 12, 2019) – When you have boxers like Errol Spence, Jr. and Mikey Garcia, two undefeated world champions, both ranked in the top five among the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world and vying for supremacy in the hottest division in boxing, a debate about who wins is bound to break out.
Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) is a power-punching welterweight who has stopped his last 11 opponents heading into this intriguing matchup against the brilliant tactician that Garcia has established himself as. Spence is no stranger to big stadium events as he won the IBF title by traveling to England to take on then-champion Kell Brook at Bramhall Lane soccer stadium on May 27, 2017. In front of a raucous crowd of over 27,000 loyal Brook supporters, the 28-year-old Spence stopped Brook in round 11 to wrest away the title.
Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is striving to put together a legendary career and is aggressively pursuing that goal. He has won world championships at featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight. He now eyes a welterweight title against the consensus class of the division in Spence. Fighting out of Moreno Valley, California, the 31-year-old Garcia unified the IBF and WBC Lightweight World Championships in his last bout by scoring unanimous decision victory over Robert Easter, Jr. on July 28.
With fight week here, luminaries such as Roberto Duran are heading to Dallas to be a part of the action. As the clock begins to tick down to fight night, the debate is heating up as legends like Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman, plus prominent boxing fans such as Chad Johnson and Rosie Perez are weighing in. Here are just a few opinions in video, tweet and quote form:
Others have posted videos with their predictions. Here is a link to picks from Metta World Peace, Deontay Wilder, Leo Santa Cruz, Shane Mosley and more:
Spence vs. Garcia is a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event that is headlined by unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. defending his title against four-division world champion Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The 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 Benavidezbattling veteran contender J’Leon Love, unbeaten former bantamweight champion Luis Nery taking on former champion McJoe Arroyo and fan-favorite Chris Arreola facing unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin.
Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes 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.