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Can Mikey Garcia Still Achieve His Dream Of Becoming A 5 Weight Champion?

Lee Skavydis

Lee has written for Ringnews24 for over 7 years and he helps run the site on a daily basis. He has been a fan of the sport of boxing for around twenty five years. He enjoys traveling to watch fights in-particular trips to Las Vegas for big fight nights.

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Last weekend, the truth for Mikey Garcia hit home when he emphatically lost in his world championship challenge to Errol Spence Jr by a unanimous decision at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The fight was relatively close up until the 5th round when Spence started to take over, showing his superior punching power, speed and general ring craft. Despite gallantly fighting on until the end, the Californian could not get himself back into the contest and had to face reality, as his attempt to be a five weight champion came crashing down.

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But despite what occurred last weekend, Garcia has stated that he wishes to attempt that same mission once again!

“I think I’m going to achieve a fifth divisional title. I’m going to be a champion in that division (welterweight}. I’m resting. And in a week or two I’m going to plan my future. Something more comfortable,” Garcia told ESPN Deportes.

So, can he do it? I would not doubt it! Physically, Garcia would be at a disadvantage against all of the current champions, but some more so than others. However, it is not just about physicality. Mental strength, experience and fighting styles matter. Looking back on the fight on Saturday with Errol Spence, it is now quite clear that Garcia did not carry the weight up correctly. He looked quite soft around the middle and seemed sluggish. The same thing happened to Juan Manuel Marquez when he fought Floyd Mayweather back in 2009. Not that I think he would have stood a chance against the modern legend anyway, but he looked ponderous and carried a fair amount of excess fat which probably affected his performance more than it should have. So, half the battle for Mikey will be to add the extra weight in the right way.

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Juan Manuel Marquez looked fleshy in his fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2009.

Realistically, the current champions that he will have the best shot at beating are probably Shawn Porter, Manny Pacquiao and perhaps even Keith Thurman, if his last lacklustre showing against Josesito Lopez is anything to go by. It definitely came across as if “One Time” has lost a step or two.

It does look like Pacquiao could be fighting Errol Spence next, but if that does not come off then Garcia’s counter punching, left hook and jab could be a bit much for the Filipino at this point in his career, should they ever come face to face.

Shawn Porter has a lot of fundamental flaws, even though he approached fighting Danny Garcia as technically as he possibly could. But he often looked a little clueless in terms of what to do for certain periods of that fight. That is because he tried doing something that simply does not come naturally to him. Porter is generally a little too wild and tries extremely hard to go for the knockout, neglecting the things that could make knockouts come more organically. This is where Garcia is superior. He is the much better ring technician and I predict he would have enough to outbox him, perhaps to a late stoppage or by a comfortable unanimous decision.

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Terence Crawford is not the man that Mikey Garcia wants to face should he want to complete his mission.

But if there is ever another man that Garcia should avoid if he wants to be successful in his quest, then that would be Terence Crawford. Both are great boxers, but Crawford has the better footwork, accuracy, hand speed and ring IQ. It would just be too dangerous a fight but one which would definitely catapult Garcia’s legacy, should he take it and unexpectedly win.

The 31 year old still has plenty of time left on his side, and even though he faced his first conclusive loss recently, he can take comfort in the fact that there is still hope!

Danny Garcia promises to knockout Adrian Granados on April 20

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Former two-division world champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia 34-2 (20) will be gunning for a knockout when he clashes with veteran contender Adrian Granados 20-6-2 (14) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on April 20.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday at the Palms Restaurant in Los Angeles, Garcia said he wants to be the first person to put Granados away inside the distance.

“My mentality is that I have to stop Granados,” the 30-yearold from Philly said. “Nobody has stopped him and I have to do that to make a statement. He’s never fought a counterpuncher like me and I’m definitely the hardest puncher he’s faced. I’m going to showcase everything to get the stoppage.

“This is another fight for my legacy. There have been a lot of great fights in my career and this is another important one for me. I know he’s coming to fight, but I’m looking to make this one of my easiest wins.

“He’s a tough and aggressive fighter who likes to throw a lot of punches. He’s hungry, and that’s the type of guy that you have to watch out for. I’ve got to handle my business against Granados before I look to any bigger fights.

“This is a big platform for me to perform on. I’m going to show the world why I’m one of the best fighters in the world.

“I plan on winning with style. I’m going to bring a lot of skill, a lot of will, a lot of power and I’m going to entertain my fans. April 20 will be the ‘Danny Garcia Show’.”

Granados warned Garcia not to underestimate him, saying his hard road to get him to where he is will give him the edge.

“This is going to be a great fight. We’re two fighters who bring it. I’m coming for a victory in dominating fashion. This is the fight that I’ve wanted for a while now,” said the 29-year-old Granados.

“I haven’t had the easiest road and that’s why I’m looking to get my respect in this fight. I’m looking forward to this. It’s going to be a barnburner. May the best man win.

“If he’s underestimating me it will definitely be a big mistake on his part. I don’t think he will though. I think he realizes now he’s in for a fight. If he didn’t know me before, he does now. I’m going to give him a piece of my mind April 20.

“I was never taken care of coming up. I always had to work harder to get to where I’m at. Danny and I basically had the same accolades in the amateurs, and I always gave him kudos for what he’s done in his whole career, but he doesn’t know what I’ve gotten through to get here.

“I’m coming to get my respect in this fight. I’m going to make Danny fight and see what he’s made of. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder but being able to take out a fighter like Danny is motivating me to another level.”

Sergey Lipinets brimming with confidence ahead of Lamont Peterson welterweight fight

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Former IBF junior welterweight world champion Sergey Lipinets 14-1 (10) is looking forward to making a statement when he clashes with former two-weight world champion Lamont Peterson 35-4-1 (17) in a welterweight contest at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Sunday broadcast on FS1 and Fox Deportes.

“My plan is to do whatever it takes to win the fight,” said the 29-year-old Russian by way of Kazakhstan. “If he wants to box, fine, we will box. If he wants to get in the trenches and fight, that is even better. That is the reason we have training camp, to be ready for anything.”

Lipinets lost his 140-pound world title to Mikey Garcia a year ago but says that he has learnt a lot from the loss.

“I learned a lot from that fight. I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was for that fight which is cool. I definitely got something to build on,” he said.

Since his lone career loss Lipinets has hooked up with veteran trainer Joe Goossen.

“I am working with Joe Goossen now. I have full confidence in him. I began training with him after my debut welterweight fight versus Eric Bone. This is my first full camp with him. I had five different sparring partners and that’s all I needed to get ready,” Lipinets said.

Once aspect of this camp Lipinets has been working on is his defence – an aspect of his game many felt was lacking in his fight against the sharpshooting Garcia.

“We did. Closed a couple of holes in my defense and worked on keeping my hands up. It still might look easy to hit me but it could be a trap to catch my opponent coming in,” he said.

“At the end of the day we are in the business of the paid ranks where you are going to get hit at some point.”

Deontay Wilder is ducking Anthony Joshua after turning down $100m DAZN deal, according to Barry Hearn

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) is actively avoiding a unification bout with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21) by walking away from a TV deal with DAZN worth $100 million, according to Barry Hearn.

On Tuesday the American titleholder confirmed he had rejected the offer from digital sports streaming service DAZN – a deal that reportedly included two proposed fights with Joshua – to remain with his current network Showtime.

“Wilder rejecting this deal shows what he is thinking. Luckily the boxing fans today are smart enough to see that he doesn’t want to get in the ring with Anthony Joshua,” head of Matchroom Sports Hearn said to the Daily Mail.

“Nobody does and that’s the problem. He can say anything he wants but it’s obvious to everyone now that this is not coming from our side. Wilder has signed up with Showtime and that makes this fight so much harder to make.

“We made this offer to try and make it easier but there you go. It’s a shame because Eddie [Hearn] has been pushing so hard to make the Wilder-Joshua fight but it just isn’t there.

“Wilder has been offered $100m but he thinks he can earn good money fighting lesser opponents and then build up the purse to fight Joshua later down the line. Fury is the same, he doesn’t want to know. We made him an offer and he turned us down. Neither of them actually want to fight Joshua.”

Wilder is coming off a highly entertaining and contentious draw against Tyson Fury in December. Fury has since signed a broadcast deal with ESPN.

Hearn says the current broadcast landscape that sees the top three names at heavyweight signed to rival outlets could prevent meaningful fights between the top three in the division for the foreseeable future.

“These fights may never happen because you have got Wilder with Showtime, Fury with ESPN and Joshua with DAZN,” he said.

“They are all signed up to different television networks in the US and that is a real issue from the promotional side of things. I just can’t see how these fights happen.

“The problem is none of them want to get beat. No one is blinking. If they get beat everything is off the table. Even for Joshua. Fury is in the worst position because he doesn’t have a title so he has no pulling power and I think out of the three of them he is the most beatable.”

Deontay Wilder looking to steal Anthony Joshua’s shine with announcement of Dominic Breazeale fight

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) will defend his crown against mandatory contender Dominic Breazeale 20-1 (18) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on May 18 live on Showtime.

The pair came face-to-face at a press conference to announce the event on Tuesday.

“It’s always great to get a mandatory out of the way. They’re like flies buzzing in my ear. I just want to get them out of the way so I can do great things for the heavyweight division,” Wilder said.

The 33-year-old ‘Bronze Bomber’ insisted he is still interested in facing unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21) who will face Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, exactly two weeks after Wilder faces Breazeale in the same city.

“I want one champion, one face, one name, but you need a lot of cooperation to make that happen… Every man I’ve faced, they’ve landed on the canvas,” Wilder continued. “I’m going to continue to do that on May 18… Enjoy this one, because it’s going to be a massacre. May 18 will be a beautiful day for me and a beautiful day to see what I’m planning to do for the sport of boxing.”

Breazeale said he is looking forward to shutting Wilder up.

“I’m sick of seeing this guy walking around with his belt. I’m going to put him down. People are going to be rising to their feet when I knock him down,” Breazeale said.

“Deontay does nothing right in the ring. He looks like a circus-act. All he does is talk. But there’s nothing he can say on May 18. Deontay loves to hear his own voice. All he does is talk and talk.

“It’s time to get in the ring. Nobody can get in there and save him. It’s just me and him. Leather on leather. We’ll see who lands first. Hopefully he gets off the canvas.”

Is Deontay Wilder Riddick Bowe 2.0?

Lee Skavydis

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A lot of us remember that moment back in December, 1992. The sight of former undisputed heavyweight champion, Riddick Bowe disposing of his WBC belt in a rubbish bin in order to avoid facing Lennox Lewis for that title. And while Deontay Wilder has done no such similar thing, turning down an offer of $100,000,000 offered by Eddie Hearn and DAZN should be considered equal in terms of magnitude.

The current American heavyweight champion spoke out about his decision to Behind The Gloves.

“I am the monster, I hold all the cards, I am the king in the division. All these guys have to come and see me. The sooner they realise that, the better and smoother things will flow. I am the man in this division, and I just took hold of my career. I’d rather bet on myself than leave it in the hands of anybody else. I love being free, I love being able to be my own boss. I’m my own boss, these other guys ain’t there own boss. I’ve always been my own boss and I still am to this day!”

Except Wilder is not really his own man! Shelly Finkel is still in the role of manager, as is Al Haymon. And Lou Dibella is also in the picture, often reported to still be his promoter. I do not know whether Wilder is suffering from delusions of grandeur, but it definitely comes across as if he thinks he is the main face of heavyweight boxing.

It really is that incredulous.

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Shelly Finkel and Lou Duva both have a form of control over Wilder’s career.

I personally keep in contact with someone who was once a sparring partner to both Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis. And when he discovered the decision that Deontay Wilder made in regards to turning down the $100,000,000 offer he said he was grateful just being paid £100 a day to get in that ring! That was back when the attitudes of those most important in the sport were still in check when it came to discussing what was financially reasonable in terms of a boxer’s legitimate worth.

It puts the WBC champion’s attitude in a certain perspective. As a boxer who struggles to sell tickets, has limited exposure and only one belt in comparison to his overseas competitor, Anthony Joshua, you would think he would have the common sense and the drive to accept the offer.

In fairness, who knows what contracts have been signed and what they regard. You should be able to recall Eddie Hearn appealing for any boxers without contracts and promotional ties to come forward and sign up with DAZN when the platform was just launched. So, it’s important to give Wilder the benefit of the doubt and be open minded to the possibility that he already has something in ink with the likes of DiBella or Finkel. But given the quote above, it does not suggest so.

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Who knows what could have been had Riddick Bowe faced Lennox Lewis?

So, where does Wilder go from here? And what is his future looking like at present?

Well, first of all he needs to overcome Dominic Breazeale which has been said to take place on May 18th. And then what? Even Joshua is struggling for opponents to fight at this point. Referring back to Riddick Bowe, shortly after he allowed himself to be free of being the holder of all the major championships he was confined to fighting the likes of Jessie Ferguson and Buster Mathis Jr. A rematch with Evander Holyfield in 1993 put him briefly in the spotlight again, a fight which he lost. He never really commanded attention until his rubber match with Holyfield another two years later. And then there were the Andrew Golota fights. But let’s be honest! It was the Pole’s actions resorting to dirty tactics that caused one of the worst riots involving boxing in history! So, the presence of Bowe in that situation wasn’t the central reason.

Ever since Bowe walked away from boxing in 1996 (let’s forget those irrelevant three fights in 2004, 2005 and 2008) he has been heavily seen as a case of “what if.” What if he had decided to tell his promoter, Rock Newman that he wanted to face Lennox Lewis and do what real champions do? What if he had fought some of the other stronger names in the division at the time?

Deontay’s legacy and current standing is in peril right now. And it is a tragedy that he is oblivious to it! He did say a plan has been put in place that will surprise everybody. But who knows if that is just damage control. I would not bet against it. Right now, the focus is on the likes of Tyson Fury and Joshua. And for good reason. We have seen what they have accomplished and the risks they have taken to get where they are now.

Times are crucial for him. One day, Deontay Wilder may see himself left in the dust.

Chris Eubank Jr says Canelo Alvarez fight is “inevitable”, rules out Billy Joe Saunders rematch

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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World-rated super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr 28-2 (21) believes it is “inevitable” he will eventually face WBC and WBA middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 51-1-2 (35).

The 29-year-old Eubank Jr is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over former IBF 168-pound champion James DeGale in February.

The victory has renewed calls for a rematch with former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who handed Eubank Jr his first professional defeat by split decision in 2014.

But Eubank Jr has poured cold water on the idea as Saunders doesn’t currently hold a world championship belt.

“(A Saunders rematch) will always interest me because of our history, but he doesn’t have a belt. If he has a belt it’ll be different,” Eubank Jr told No Filter Boxing.

“This is why I got into the sport, to be a world champion, to collect the belts, to fight the best and there’s a lot of guys out there that will be great fights for me that have these belts.

“(Canelo) is the most well-known fighter in the world at the moment and he’s in and around my weight.

“So that is a fight that so long as everything stays on track, that will be inevitable we will share a ring.”

Eubank Jr is planning to return to the ring in the summer against an opponent to be named.

“I’m looking to fight within the next three of four months,” he said.

“I want to be active, I want to fight at least three or four times this year. Now we’re looking for collecting belts, there’s a lot of big names out there.

“A lot of great fights to be made and this year 2019 is going to be very exciting.”

Charlie Edwards wants unification bout with Kal Yafai

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards 14-1 (6) is targeting a unification bout with WBA counterpart Kal Yafai 25-0 (15).

But first the 26-year-old from Surrey must get past former sparring partner Angel Moreno 19-2-2 (6) of Spain in the first defence of his titles at the Copper Box Arena this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Yafai, 29, is scheduled to make a mandatory title defence against Norbelto Jimenez 29-8-4 (16) at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1 on the undercard of the heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller.

“He’s on the radar, 100 percent,” Edwards said. “It could be next because I would have it next, but I know he won’t, so it probably won’t be next. I don’t think he wants to entertain me at all. He made that pretty clear during the year when I was trying to call for the fight.

“I’m focusing on my own path. These big fights will come now I have a world title and when they do I’ll be ready. I’m ready now to fight anyone and everyone. I’m ready to build a legacy, and have proper fights. To become a British great I’ll have to win world titles at multiple weights, and that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Edwards said he is prepared to return to the super flyweight division in order to become a two-division champion.

“When I moved down to flyweight, I stated to [promoter] Eddie [Hearn], I’m ready for anyone and everyone, and that’s why he gave me the number one flyweight in the division, and I went and did the performance that I did, and now I’m the number one,” he said.

“I know I possess the self-belief and skill to become a world champion in the super-flyweight division.”

Teddy Atlas shockingly says Boxing needs to be more like the UFC

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Boxing is unlike anything out there when it comes to sports, mainly due to all of the characters involved. There’s no question that we have some colorful, outspoken individuals in boxing, from the trainers, fighters, media members, and fans alike.

And when you are thinking of someone who really has no problem holding anything back, legendary trainer Teddy Atlas sits near the top of the list. Atlas always stands out, whether he is offering up some in-depth advice between rounds to his fighters or venting over another controversial decision online.

Atlas’ ramblings over the years while covering ESPN Friday Night Fights alone have been memorable enough, but there seems to be other things on his mind these days. During a recent edition of his podcast, Atlas, who is always displeased with some aspect of the boxing game, expressed how he thinks the sport needs to take a page from UFC boss Dana White if we are to see the sweet science flourish.

“You want [boxing] to change? I’ll tell you how it change, make boxing the UFC,” Atlas said. “Get Dana White; it’s not happening, but he’s a dictator. You know what? Dictators usually are not good. But sometimes in some places they can be useful. With the UFC and the building of that product, the development, the building, the growing of that franchise, and boy did it grow, was because they had a dictator. Because the dictator could make all the rules.”

Atlas feels that the sport of boxing is spread too thin, unlike the UFC, where White has the final say in so many matters.

“As I just pointed out, there were no separate power brokers in different areas that had their piece of property and their piece of property and we fight on our network, we fight on our network, and we do what we want to do,” Atlas explained. “There was one place, one guy, laying the rules out. You fight him, or you’re out. You fight him, or you’re out. And you know what? That’s why he grew that sport. And that’s why he grew that product. Because he could demand competitive fights.”

At the end of the day, Atlas comes across as a fan at heart, and a man who simply wants to see boxing’s best find a way to face one another.

“That’s what you’re asking for,” Atlas concluded. “You’re just asking for the best fights. That’s what the fans want. I’m just pointing out [that] he could do it because he was a dictator. And that’s it.”

Strong words from Atlas, but not everyone is agreeing with him. Middleweight contender Tureano Johnson took to his Twitter account upon hearing of Atlas’ comments and let his thoughts be known.

“This is unbelievable,” said a confused Johnson. “I respected Teddy for years, but to hear these [blasphemous] comments come from him is unreal. Everything he’s saying is wrong. From being a dictator and Dana white in the same is a death wish. UFC treats there fighters like live stock. Nothing good about that.”

Johnson, who is known best for facing the likes of Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Curtis Stevens, took some more time to weigh in what Teddy said, yet was still left in disbelief.

“I’m speechless,” said Johnson. “I can’t get my thoughts together. Blasphemous is what your saying Teddy. You need to call it quit with boxing. Whats wrong with boxing is people like you. Slave the fighter for profit. It’s nasty what the UFC is doing. Those fighters deserve more.”

Whether or not you agree with Atlas is one thing, but it’s back to work for him regardless, as he will be guiding WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk towards his next ring return, a March 30th defense of his title vs. Doudou Ngumbu in Philadelphia.

But expect to hear more from Atlas on this, and many other topics.

Could Errol Spence vs. Manny Pacquiao be coming our way next?

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Last night we were witness to a dominating performance from IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., who clearly shut out four-division world champion Mikey Garcia over 12 rounds. The action took place from AT&T Stadium just outside of Spence’s native Dallas, Texas.

From round one on it was pretty much a clinic, as Spence used his boxing ability to jab his way through Garcia’s guard while often catching him with powerful lefts to the body. In closed quarters, Spence’s advantages in strength were apparent. Garcia, meanwhile, was never able to get his offense going.

Scores after 12 rounds read in Spence’s favor, 120-108 twice and 120-107. Spence was increasingly dominant as the fight reached the late rounds. To his credit, Garcia stood up to a tremendous amount of Spence’s heavy blows.

“The motivation fighting in front of my hometown crowd made me feel great,” Spence said afterwards. “These people have supported me since day one and I wanted to put on a good performance for all of them.”

Spence took criticism towards all of the people who picked against him before the fight and used it as motivation.

“Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn’t box as well as him,” said Spence. “I showed I can box and I can move my head if i want to. The game is to be smart, its the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It’s a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons.”

One thing Spence did was make sure to give Garcia his due respect for moving up in weight to accept such a challenge.

“I give Mikey Garcia all the credit for taking this fight,” said Spence. “Mikey and I put on a great show in front of all these lovely fans. I respect him so much and I appreciate him for stepping up.”

Garcia was obviously disappointed in having suffered the lone loss of his professional career, but gave an honest assessment of the action.

“He came out here with a good game plan and kept the distance at his favor,” said Garcia. “I couldn’t get my rhythm going and he did what he had to do. I tried to make adjustments and he kept executing.”

Now the attention turns to Spence’s next fight, which may already be in the works. Spence claims he would love to face off with living legend Manny Pacquiao, who was ringside for the action.

Pacquiao is 40 years old now, but coming off of a dominant victory over Adrien Broner in January. Before that, Pacquiao steamrolled through Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse to capture the WBA title he now holds.

It still would be an exciting matchup, and the proud champion from the Philippines seems open to it. Pacquiao was in Dallas last night and expressed that he would love the opportunity.

“Yes, why not?” said Pacquiao. “We’ll give the fans a good fight. I’m so happy to be here in Dallas and I hope I will be back here soon.”

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