Errol Spence Jr.’s return to the scene after his serious accident just over a year ago was overwhelming: the WBC and IBF welterweight world champion successfully defended his belts by inflicting the sharpest defeat ever in his career on Danny Garcia. The verdict was unanimous with the following cards: 117 to 111 and twice 116 to 112, all too benevolent towards the defeated.
When we provided our prediction few days ago, we mentioned that the crucial aspect about Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0-0, 21 KOs)’s return was related to the damages of his car accident. And, those who wondered what psycho-physical state Spence Jr. was in after escaping death by a breath and after more than a year of inactivity, had their answers. What is most astonishing, however, is that these answers came during the first round of his comeback match: almost as if to prove to the fans and himself that he was the same as before, Spence Jr. attacked Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-3-0, 21 KOs) right from the very first sound of the gong at a high pace without fear of being crossed.
Errol Spencer Jr., during the first three rounds, suffocated his opponent with a superlative workrate, alternating body and face edging without taking half a step backwards. It was only in the second half of the fourth round that Garcia, notoriously a “slow starter”, managed to partially enter the game relying mainly on the direct right and the blows to the figure, but his soon turned out to be a straw fire. From round five on, Errol Spence adjusted the defense by diligently following the advice of the corner that suggested him to come out sideways after bringing his combinations and returned to the action overwhelmingly. Emblematic was the expression on Garcia’s face at the end of the fifth and sixth round: the typical astonished grimace of someone facing a much harder obstacle than he expected. It is possible that Danny Garcia, as many insiders had theorized, got into the ring thinking he was facing a softened or fearful version of Spence Jr. and was therefore doubly astonished at the champion’s talent.
The Truth’s supremacy went on smoothly and relentlessly for the next rounds. It was only from round nine that Spence Jr. finally lowered the revs of his engine, wisely conserving his energy for the grand finale, in the knowledge that he had now put a reassuring advantage in the pipeline. Garcia took advantage of this to conquer the centre of the ring and take the most significant hits by winning a couple of rounds, but without ever giving the impression that he was about to overturn the outcome of the fight.
Once again, Danny Garcia gave the feeling of being too calculating and conservative to aspire to the Olympus of boxing, a character limit that has always been the main obstacle to his ambitions for greatness. If after his setbacks against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter he had argued with the jury, this time Garcia had nothing to say and sportively admitted that Spence’s victory was flawless.
As for Spence Jr., we remained speechless in front of such a performance. And, now we truly hope that the two welterweight super-champions will lock horn in a mega-fight soon. Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford (36–0, 27 KOs) have shown on several occasions that the entire division does not have any serious rival to challenge them. Sadly, we think that Manny Pacquiao (62–7–2, 39 KOs) is no longer a match for them given his advanced age. The rest of the crew has been devastated either by Spence Jr. or by Crawford. The only available option is to see one against the other one for what could be the greatest fight of 2021.