After coming off a horrific car accident, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. made a triumphant return to the ring with a unanimous decision victory over Danny Garcia in front of a sold-out crowd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.
It was an impressive win for Spence after being out of the ring for over a year. Last October, Spence was involved in a single-car accident in Dallas, where he was ejected from his vehicle. Fortunately for Spence, he survived, and on Saturday, the DeSoto, Texas native, proved that he’s still one the best at 147.
“I give my performance a B,” Spence said after the fight. “I think I had a little bit of ring rust. But I was in such great shape and took everything seriously in training so that I would not be discouraged by that. I worked my jab and used my angles because that was my best move.”
The 30-year-old Spence expects to return to the ring next summer, and it should be interesting to see who is next. The one guy many want to be next is WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who was in attendance last night to watch Spence.
After the fight, Spence discussed Crawford being at his fight against Garcia.
‘He’s gotta live up to his words,” Spence said. “If he said he’s not worried about me, then, what was he doing here? I probably wouldn’t go to none of his fights, so I’m not worried about Terence Crawford.”
It was surprising to see Crawford at the fight on Saturday night, and you wonder if this is a hint at future events. According to reports, Crawford, who is signed to Top Rank, can become a promotional free agent in October 2021. Once a free agent, the 33-year-old Crawford can sign with PBC, which means the fight between him and Spence can easily be made. However, at this point, Crawford is still with Top Rank, and Spence is still with PBC, so a fight might be difficult to make. Therefore, if the two sides can’t come together, we will not get to see this fight until the end of next year or sometime in 2022.
Let’s hope we can get the politics out the way and get this fight sooner than later!
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