Mikey Garcia loses fight to Errol Spence

By Keith Idec

ARLINGTON, Texas – Errol Spence Jr. wasn’t just too big and too strong Saturday night.

He was too good, both offensively and defensively, and too smart for Mikey Garcia as well.

The powerful southpaw spent most of their 12-round, 147-pound title fight intelligently picking apart the courageous Garcia to his head and body, and showing why he is one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport. When it ended, all three judges confirmed the brutally obvious – that Spence had dominated an ambitious but out-gunned lightweight champion incapable of accomplishing any of the things he predicted.

The 31-year-old Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley, California, lost for the first time in a 12-year professional career during which he has won world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.

Unofficial CompuBox statistics suggested the fight was every bit as lopsided as it appeared.

CompuBox credited Spence for landing 345-of-1,082 overall punches, 270 more than Garcia (75-of-406). According to CompuBox, Spence connected on 183 more power punches (237-of-464 to 54-of-218) and 87 more jabs (108-of-618 to 21-of-188).

“It’s a great night and all the credit to Errol,” Garcia said. “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 in 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.”

Garcia, a four-division champion, moved up two weight classes to oppose Spence. In his previous bout, Garcia beat Robert Easter Jr. by unanimous decision July 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles to retain the WBC lightweight title and take the IBF 135-pound crown from Easter.

Before Saturday night, the 29-year-old Spence had boxed less than one round in the previous 14 months. His first-round stoppage of mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo on June 16 in nearby Frisco marked his only action after a seventh-round stoppage of Lamont Peterson in January 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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