Spence: ‘I don’t think anyone has the power to knock me out’

The perception, in boxing, is that many are running far away from IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Whether that’s the case, who knows, but one man we know for sure who is not running is four-division world champion, Mikey Garcia. In his welterweight debut, Garcia is looking to defeat Spence on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas(FOX Sports PPV).

When talking about this fight, you have to look at size. Spence has fought at 147 his career; while Garcia has not gone past 140, but according to Spence, size won’t matter in this fight.

“The size difference won’t matter,” Spence said this week. “Skill for skill and talent for talent, I’m more dominant than him in every aspect. I’ll beat him at anything he wants to do. On paper, he’s the toughest opponent to date, but once we get in the ring, we’ll find out.

“I don’t think anyone has the power to knock me out. We don’t allow that kind of mentality into training camp. I hope he tries though.”

If he beats Garcia on Saturday night, Spence believes that would make him the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.

“This win makes me pound-for-pound number one,” Spence said. “Mikey has a great record and a big fan base, and I feel like winning this fight turns me into a star. Everyone wants to take Floyd Mayweather’s place as the face of boxing, and this puts me on the right track to become the face of boxing and the best fighter in the world

“This is a legendary fight. This is where we see what fighters are made of. There have been a lot of great fights when little guys came up and beat a bigger fighter. You can’t ever write off the little guy. This is going to be a hard fight.”

Spence is looking to bring the pain to Garcia, and his primary goal is to make Garcia regret taking this fight.

“I know I’m the best fighter in the world and I’m going to show it Saturday night. I’m going to punish him and make him wish he took his brother’s advice to not take this fight.”

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Garcia: ‘I know there is a lot more to my game that you guys still haven’t seen’

Usually, when a fighter goes up in weight, he likes to test himself against lesser opposition. Then, after that initial introduction, a fighter may go after the best in the division, but not Mikey Garcia. The four-division world champion is making his welterweight debut against maybe the best 147-pound fighter in the world. That fighter is IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr.

Garcia will battle Spence this Saturday at AT&T Stadium(FOX Sports PPV) in Arlington, Texas.

For Garcia, it is not what he saw in Spence, but what he saw in himself that made him want to take this fight. Recently, on a conference call with the media, Garcia spoke about the moment he realized he wanted to fight Spence:

“Look, I was watching him fight Kell Brook, and I saw him really turn the fight around and showed to everybody why he’s the world champion and why he deserves all the credit,” Garcia said.

“And then I saw him fight Peterson. And we were watching with my dad and my brother, and I told Robert my brother and my dad that after a fight or two I want to fight Spence. And they all thought I was crazy and just joking, but I was serious. I told them, “I’m going to move into welterweight because I’m coming I’m moving to welterweight. I will fight and challenge Spence.

“I saw his fight with Peterson, and even though he did great, I just feel like there is a lot more that I can do. People keep asking me what did I see in him. Was there a particular fight? Something that I saw in his game? Some holes in his game? No. It’s not even about that.

“It was just what you guys haven’t still seen in me, and I know what I can do and what I’m capable of, and that’s what I’m betting on. That’s exactly why I took this fight because I know there is a lot more to my game that you guys still haven’t seen.”

Garcia has a lot of skills, but we’ll size matter come Saturday night in Texas?

We’ll find out soon…

Spence on Garcia fight: ‘This is definitely one of those crossover fights for me’

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is thought of by many in the sport as possibly the best fighter at 147. To date, the biggest name that Spence has defeated was former world champion Kell Brook, but that fight took place in the UK. Now, Spence is preparing for the biggest fight of career, and this time it’s on American soil.

On March 16 at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas(FOX Sports PPV), Spence will battle four-division world champion, Mikey Garcia. This fight will mark the first time that Spence will headline a pay-per-view, which means a lot to the Desoto, TX native.

“This is definitely one of those crossover fights for me,” Spence said at a media workout on Tuesday. “Garcia is the biggest name to date that I’m fighting on American soil. It’s just great being so young in my career, fighting in my first pay-per-view and fighting with a guy like Garcia who brings over a different fanbase.

“You can tell how I looked ten weeks ago compared to how I look now. I’m not overlooking Garcia. I’m in tip-top shape, slim and ready. The difference is that now in a pay-per-view fight you have to be more dedicated and focused to promote the fight, showing that you are a star in boxing and sports media.”

Spence(24-0, 21 KOs) has only gone the distance three times in 24 fights, and one thing that he has shown is a killer instinct, which enjoys showing in his fights.

“If you know me and you know my boxing style, you know I’m never in a boring fight,” Spence said. “Even if it’s just me beating up my opponent, or them just being hurt, I’m always going to try to stop my opponent and put on a spectacular performance.

“I put that pressure to look great on myself, not just because I’m undefeated or because everybody says this about me, I do it for myself to put on a great performance and a great show. I want to do that so great guys can look at me and think about if they want to fight me or not. That’s why a lot of guys don’t want to fight me.”

Garcia won’t be an easy night for Spence on March 16, and the pressure is on Spence because he is the bigger guy and the fight is in his own backyard. However, if Spence is who many say he is, he must win these type of fights.

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Spence on top fighters at 147: ‘Whoever ends up on top from this group, will end being a Hall of Famer’

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is considered, by some, to be one of the best welterweights in boxing, but to be considered the best, he is going to have to beat some of the top guys in the division.

Some of those top guys include WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter, and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman. While those guys are belt-holders at 147, there a few other names out there that are tops in the division, including Manny Pacquiao and Danny Garcia.

According to Spence(24-0, 21 KOs), who will battle four-division world champion Mikey Garcia(39-0, 30 KOs) on March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the best at 147 need to fight each other.

“The welterweight division has always been one of the strongest divisions in the sport, and it is like that now,” Spence said on Saturday at a press conference to promote his fight with Garcia.  “We just need to fight each other. I’m ready to fight any of them. Whoever ends up on top from this group, will end being a Hall of Famer. That’s how you become an all-time great.”

Credit should go to Mikey Garcia for his willingness to fight Spence; credit should also go to Amir Khan who is stepping up to fight Crawford in April.

Sadly, the politics of boxing might prevent Top Rank’s Crawford from fighting PBC’s Thurman, Spence, and others. However, not many PBC fighters have been willing to step up and face Spence, which is why what Garcia is about to do should be applauded.

Ultimately, the top guys at 147 do need to fight each other. It’s good for the sport, and it according to Spence, it could mean a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Spence on Garcia: ‘I thought he was just chasing my name when he was calling me out’

Unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia previewed their upcoming showdown and faced-off live on FOX at a press conference in Los Angeles Saturday as they near their battle for pound-for-pound supremacy that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event on Saturday, March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Spence and Garcia were joined on stage at the press conference by a living legend, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, who won titles in five weight divisions and fought Sugar Ray Leonard in one of the most memorable welterweight fights in history.

Many were surprised that Garcia was willing to face one of the most feared fighters at 147 in Spence, including the IBF welterweight champion.

“At first, I thought he was just chasing my name when he was calling me out,” Spence said. “Once it became real, I saw how serious he was. At that point, I was very confident it would happen.

“I’m not the bully here because Mikey really pushed for the fight. The other champions weren’t available at the time, plus Mikey is the only top fighter who called me out. I knew this was a fight I wanted.”

While Spence believes his size advantage will help him fight night, he also believes his skills will be a factor as well.

“Mikey is undefeated, has a great skill set and has won a title at 140-pounds,” Spence said. “I don’t see him as that small a fighter. He has a technical style that’s very traditional. He likes to use angles to set his opponent’s up.

“Size always matters, but when you get in there, at the end of the day, it’s about skills and intelligence. I’m not going to rely on size. I’m going to focus on my talent. If I can roll through him, then I’ll show my killer instinct and try to get him out of there. I’m going to use my ability to break him down.”

Tickets for the March 16 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.

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Mikey Garcia on Spence: ‘This is a match that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time’

Mikey Garcia is striving to put together a legendary career and is aggressively pursuing that goal. He has won world championships at featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, and junior welterweight.

The 31-year-old Garcia first reached the championship ranks by blitzing through the featherweight and junior lightweight division, defeating Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez, Roman Martinez, and Juan Carlos Burgos to establish himself as a star in the sport. Garcia has been on a fast track since ending a nearly 2-1/2-year hiatus with a knockout victory over Elios Rojas in 2016. After the win over Rojas, Garcia scored a KO victory over Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC lightweight championship in January 2017, before defeating four-division champion Adrien Broner in July and then captured a title at 140-pounds by dropping and defeating Sergey Lipinets last March.

Garcia unified the IBF and WBC Lightweight World Championships in his last bout by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Robert Easter, Jr. on July 28.

However, what Garcia is going up against on March 16 is going to be the biggest test of his career. Garcia will battle IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and will be televised on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.

“In my career, I’ve always sought to fight the best in boxing, and this fight against Errol Spence Jr. is just that,” said Garcia. “I want to be known as one of the all-time greats and what better way to do that than to win a welterweight title and become a five-division world champion. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Errol and what he’s accomplished, but I fully expect to leave the ring at AT&T Stadium with the welterweight world title. This is a match that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and I plan on giving the fans a performance they’ll never forget.”

Is Garcia biting off a little more than he can chew? Maybe, however, greatness requires risks, and Spence is a risk Garcia is willing to take on March 16.

 

Thurman: ‘I’m definitely interested in a big unification fight with Errol Spence Jr.’

As fight week begins for the first Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes event of 2019, WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and veteran contender Josesito López took part in a media workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn on Wednesday before they headline action this Saturday, January 26 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.

Due to injury, Thurman has been out of the ring for nearly two years after beating Danny Garcia to win the WBC welterweight title in March 2017. Ultimately, he would vacate the WBC belt, but now he’s back and ready take over the division.

“When I’m outside of the ring, I’m not the jealous type watching other people perform,” Thurman said. “But I feel better when I’m here living out my dream. These past weeks, I have just felt so good. I feel fantastic and ready to perform. I’m going to be an active fighter and one of the best welterweights in the world today.

“My ranking, my ‘0’ and my accomplishments haven’t gone anywhere. I’ve been out of sight and out of mind for a little, but I’m back now. You can’t block a star from shining. We’re in the galaxy and shining bright.”

Some believe the 30-year-old Thurman is a little reluctant to get in the ring with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., including Spence himself, who said this about fighting Thurman in December after Thurman noted recently, that he was looking to fight Spence in 2020.

“Man, I mess around and don’t even fight him,” Spence said about Thurman back in December. “I probably won’t even fight him. Man, I honestly can’t wait that long, and he might get injured again, especially if I look good, and start stopping more people. He’ll probably get injured or hurt, or something crazy.”

However, on Wednesday, Thurman made it clear that he is more than willing to fight Spence.

“I’m definitely interested in a big unification fight with Errol Spence Jr,” Thurman said. “When I first met Errol at MGM Grand years ago, I told him that it’s nice to meet him and I can’t wait to get in there and scrap it out. I’m humble, but I’m also honest. I’m a man of my word. It doesn’t matter how many years ago that I said it, but from that day to this day, it’s a true statement.”

I guess we’ll have to see if Thurman will be a man of his word and fight Spence at some point in the future.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features additional participants from Wednesday’s workout including rising Polish heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki and former title challenger Gerald Washington, who meet in a 10-round attraction, and hard-hitting featherweights Claudio Marrero and Tugstsogt Nyambayar, who meet in a 12-round showdown.

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Spence thinks Keith Thurman will try to avoid him(VIDEO)

We have been waiting for two of the biggest names at 147, IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBA champion Keith Thurman to battle it out in the ring. Well, we might have to wait a little longer.  Unfortunately, according to Thurman, he is not looking to fight Spence until 2020, which means we may have to wait a whole year for that fight to happen.

Here is how Spence reacted to that news:

“Man, I mess around and don’t even fight him,” Spence recently said on Thurman. “I probably won’t even fight him. Man, I honestly can’t wait that long, and he might get injured again, especially if I look good, and start stopping more people. He’ll probably get injured or hurt, or something crazy.”

Thurman, who has been out almost two years due to injury, will make his long-awaited return on January 26 against Josesito Lopez, while Spence will battle Mikey Garcia on March 16, and if all goes well, maybe at some point we’ll see Spence-Thurman.

I don’t think Thurman is scared. He has fought and beaten some of the top guys at 147, including Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.

Here is what I think Thurman’s plan will be:

He is going to try to beat Lopez, rematch WBC champ Shawn Porter(if he beats Ugas) in a unification fight, and then fight Spence(if he beats Garcia and others) sometime in 2020. At least, that’s what I think his plan will be.

Listen to Spence below:

 

Spence: ‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two'(VIDEO)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has a big matchup in March against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in a fight that will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport of boxing, and if he gets past Garcia, Spence might have even bigger goals.

Spence and Jermell Charlo share the same trainer, Derrick James, and after Charlo was upset by Tony Harrison last Saturday night in Brooklyn, Spence was asked if he would be interested in fighting Harrison to avenge Charlo’s lost.

‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two,” Spence said.

Whether that happens, who knows. We will probably see Charlo-Harrison 2 before we see anything because according to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract.

Spence has big fish to fry at 147, but he is a big welterweight who might want to move up at some point in time. So, anything is possible.

Listen to what Spence had to say below

 

Thurman: ‘The best fights in the welterweight division have involved Keith Thurman and that will continue to be the case’

WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman will make his long-awaited return to the ring when he battles Josesito Lopez on January 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The 30-year-old Thurman has missed close to two years of action due to elbow and hand injuries. The last time we saw Thurman was in March 2017 when he beat Danny Garcia to capture the WBC welterweight title. Ultimately, due to injury, Thurman vacated the WBC strap.

Having missed close to two years, Thurman is very excited to get back in the ring and knock off some rust against Lopez.

“I’m extremely excited to step back into the ring,” said Thurman. “It’s a little nerve-wracking considering the time off and because I want to have a tremendous performance. I want to speak more with my hands more than my words and quiet the naysayers who think that Keith Thurman has lost his passion and skills in boxing.

“I believe I’m the best welterweight in the division and in the world and I hope to showcase that on January 26 with a knockout. The best fights in the welterweight division have involved Keith Thurman, and that will continue to be the case. I’m looking forward to having a tremendous year and showing why I’m number one.”

If he beats Lopez in January, many of the big fights at 147 will involve Thurman, and if Thurman is right, he’s still one of the best welterweights in the world. He holds victories over Garcia and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter.

The two other champions at 147, who are signed to Al Haymon and PBC are Porter and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Both Spence and Porter have fights lined up in 2019. If they all handle their business, we will probably see Thurman against either Spence or Porter sometime in 2019.