Spence vs Garcia: The showdown that boxing fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Mikey Garcia, daring to be great by moving up two weight divisions, will challenge Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF welterweight title inside AT&T Stadium on Saturday night in a battle featuring two of the best undefeated fighters in the world right now.
Spence vs Garcia
Saturday, March 17, 2019
Time: 9 p.m. ET
From the standpoint of craft and technical artistry, Saturday’s title bout (Fox PPV, 9 p.m. ET) between unbeaten and pound-for-pound ranked welterweights is among the best fights that can be made in the sport for lovers of the sweet science. The fact that both Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) and Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) possess both fight-altering and fight ending power, respectively, only sweetens the pot.
For the 31-year-old Garcia, a four-division champion, an opportunity at a title in a fifth weight class against the most dangerous opponent available gives him the chance to call himself the best in the world if he wins. Meanwhile, for the 29-year-old Spence, who enters his backyard of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the favorite, it’s an opportunity for crossover stardom while headlining his first pay-per-view card.
What makes the matchup so interesting is that both have commented how much they see themselves in each other in terms of how they carry themselves inside the ring. Spence is a southpaw who will hold advantages of three inches in height and four inches in reach. Yet both carry themselves with a similar level of poise and patient control as they systematically break down their opponents.
For whatever advantages Spence brings to the table in terms of size as a large welterweight who is facing a fighter moving up in weight, Garcia makes up for it in terms of experience as the more proven commodity over the span of four divisions. Part of the intrigue entering this fight is the fact that both have been so dominant throughout their careers that neither one has been pushed to the absolute limit and forced to find out how great they can actually be.