IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 24-0 (21) insists undefeated lightweight champion Mikey Garcia 39-0 (30) shouldn’t be considered an underdog ahead of the pair’s intriguing match-up at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 16.
The 30-year-old Garcia will move up two weight classes to face Spence, a career welterweight who will enjoy a four-inch reach advantage and almost the same in height.
“I don’t think he’s a major underdog,” the 28-year-old Texan southpaw told Fight Hub TV. “I don’t think he’s a major underdog at all. But, I mean, I’m going to train like it’s 50/50.
“I’m going to train, I’m going to stay focused, stay hungry and dedicated, work my ass off like it’s a 50/50 fight. I think it’s 50/50 in my mind so no matter what anybody else says I can’t come not 100% because Mikey is a skilled fighter.
“He has a lot of experience and he proved all the doubters wrong before.”
Spence revealed he has had trouble getting fights and singled out one boxer in particular for criticism.
“Yeah, a lot of guys won’t fight me,” he said. “Adrien Broner won’t fight me — I really don’t like the dude. I don’t mess with Adrien, at all. I don’t like him.
“I don’t like him as a person, I don’t like him as a boxer. I don’t like Adrien at all.”
While he doesn’t personally like Broner, Spence thinks the fight against Manny Pacquiao next year will be a competitive contest.
“I think it’s a good fight. Broner’s gotta focus, man. If Broner can focus he can make that a tough fight for Pacquiao,” said Spence.
“So if he focuses and he moves and he’s turning, and let his hands go like he used to at 130- and 135-pounds, I feel like Broner has a chance to win that.”