Unified lightweight champion Mikey Garcia 39-0 (30) says he holds no fear of fighting in his opponent’s home state of Texas ahead of his ambitious move up two weight classes to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 24-0 (21) at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on March 16.
“I believe there is going to be fans for both sides. I have fans everywhere. I have fought in Texas before and I have fans there too,” Garcia said in an interview with Fightnews.
“I know a lot of fans that will be there are big boxing fans. They will enjoy the night.”
Spence Jr, 29, is a tall southpaw with an aggressive style and a career welterweight. Stylistically, Garcia says he reminds him a lot of himself.
“He reminds me a lot of me on how he fights. He is a technical fighter that does everything right. I see a lot of things I can take advantage of,” the 31-year-old Garcia said. “He is a world champion and was at the Olympics. He has done a lot of good for his career.
“Everyone sees the obvious, his size, height, and weight, all that don’t matter. My power will be there. He will respect it, but not sure if it will hurt him. On fight night he will be 12-14 pounds over the limit but I feel power will be there.
“We are both world champions and I don’t want to be picking easy fights. I could have picked contenders, that is what some champions do. That is not what I want. I want the best.”
Not only does Garcia have 15 more pro fights to his name, he has six years more experience in the punch-for-pay ranks.
“I don’t consider my ring experience a big advantage. My boxing ability and confidence, I feel, I’m the better boxer,” said the Moreno Valley, California fighter.
“Nobody believes in me. They think it’s a fight I can’t win. Once I do, I will prove everyone wrong. Make all the doubters believers.”