Errol Spence Jr vs Mikey Garcia
IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr (24-0), makes the 3rd defence of his title, defends the belt in his home state, takes on 4 weight world champion, Mikey Garcia (39-0). Both fighters are highly ranked, but Mikey Garcia, a heavy underdog, the former featherweight champion, a much smaller fighter than Spence. Garcia moves from lightweight to welterweight, dares to be great.
The fight starts off tentatively, Spence throws a lot more punches, throws the jab early, but Mikey defends well, has success in a close round 2, lands a good, clean left hook to the body. Spence increases his output as the rounds go on, Mikey defends well, but gets thoroughly out worked, is inactive, and Spence is able to defend well himself.
Spence is clearly the stronger and more aggressive fighter in the mid rounds, as expected, but he also seems to be a step ahead of Garcia, who keeps trying to find openings, set Spence up, but can't have any success.
In round 9, Garcia takes more clean punches than in any other round, his defence isn't what it was earlier in the fight, and Spence has him in trouble, in a very one sided round, Garcia doesn't take a bad beating, has his legs beneath him, but takes a lot of clean punches, and it is one way traffic.
Garcia keeps trying to find a way to turn it around in the late rounds, but Spence continues to be on the front foot, sustains his work rate, and Garcia can't rally.
Spence boxes a technically brilliant 12 rounds, as well as bullying the smaller fighter.
Garcia loses a one sided fight, but despite the size disadvantage, is the first fighter to take Spence the full 12.
Spence wins a shutout on all 3 cards, even gets an extra point for a very one sided round, beats Garcia by UD.