Danny Garcia: “No One Can Take The No Look Left Hook”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are the usual culprits when discussing the hardest hitters in the welterweight division. Yet, the one fighter who believes his name should be above all others is former two-division champion, Danny Garcia.
The Philadelphia product has scored numerous one-punch knockouts during the course of his career in an unusual way. With his head tucked low and his eyes closed shut, Garcia often times fires off a “no look hook.” While he’s been teased by several in the boxing community, he’s also been praised for the unorthodox power that his shot generates. Although choosing his favorite victim is difficult, Garcia (36-2 21 KOs) came to one simple conclusion if he lands his money shot.
“No one can take the no look left hook,” said Garcia during an interview on Morning Kombat. “You can’t take what you don’t see. I hit that punch on a lot people. Amir Khan and Rod Salka probably got it the worse though.”
In just a matter of days, Garcia will discover if his power will carry him to a victory over unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on December 5th. The sturdy southpaw has yet to be staggered during any of his 26 contests, let alone dropped.
With that being said, Spence Jr. is coming off a horrific one car wreck in October of 2019 and hasn’t stepped foot inside of a boxing ring for well over a year. In preparation for their Pay-Per-View showdown, Garcia has covered all of his bases, but come fight night, the former WBC 147 pound belt holder is going to keep things extremely rudimentary.
“I just got to hit him hard and the truth shall be told once he takes my hit. We’re ready to box and we’re ready to bang. I feel like I do both great. It just depends on how the fight plays out cause you just never know until you’re in the ring.”
With so many questions marks surrounding how Spence Jr. will react if he were to get with one of Garcia’s big shots, the former champ isn’t concerned with what the outcome will be. He also hasn’t spent countless hours trying to predict if Spence Jr. will be ready come fight night.
For Garcia, all of his focus has been on himself and what he brings to the table, not on the health of Spence Jr.
“Right now I’m just working hard. I’m just focused on Danny Garcia and making sure that I’m ready. I’m doing everything that I got to do to make sure that I’m ready for this fight and right now I feel great.”
Danny Garcia: All Or Nothing
By: Hans Themistode
Nobody expects him to win.
For former two-division world champion Danny Garcia, that has been a consistent theme throughout his career.
On December 5th, Garcia faces that same narrative once again as he takes on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Oddsmakers have tabbed the Philadelphia native as a 3-1 underdog. A familiar position once a big fight comes knocking at his door.
In July of 2012, the first Garcia underdog train came strolling by. The Philadelphia product was fresh off a unanimous decision victory against hall of famer Erik Morales and was defending his WBC super lightweight title for the first time. His opponent in Amir Khan was a megastar. He was an Olympic silver medalist, a former unified champion and despite coming off the heels of a loss, Khan was viewed as a 7-1 favorite.
Things played out just as expected as Garcia was being thoroughly out-boxed. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Garcia planted his feet and fire his left hook and down went Khan in the third round, and once again in the fourth, this time for good.
It was rinse and repeat for Garcia three fights and one year later as he took on Lucas Matthysse. Just as he did in the past, Garcia made someone a rich man as he dropped the hard hitting Argentine before winning a close unanimous decision and making oddsmakers look silly for listing him as a 3-1 dog.
Fast forward seven years later, and those who are dubious of his success continue to follow him. But as he continues to train for his showdown with Spence Jr., those who continue to shout to him that he has no chance, fail to realize that it doesn’t unnerve him, it places him in a more comfortable position.
“I been the underdog my whole career,” said Garcia to Ray Flores during a recent interview. “When I’m not the underdog I don’t feel right. I’m right where I want to be right now. I’m in my comfort zone.”
Garcia may have gotten his fair share of credit for the wins he’s accumulated in big fights, but he’s also received a perpetual amount of flak for the names that he’s fought before reaching that point. Although names such as Erik Morales and a 2013 win over former undisputed welterweight champion Zak Judah buffer his resume, those once great fighters were seemingly past their primes by the time Garcia got his hands on them.
Still, even with his wins somewhat diminished over two former champions who were identical in age at 36, the in-ring experience was far more valuable than any criticism he received for facing them.
“I been in there with some wizards,” explained Garcia. “Erik Morales was a wizard, Zab Judah too. They were in their late 30s but their experience was something you could learn off. You’re going to school that night. I definitely been in there with some legends and I learned a lot from those guys. Everything that I learned has been leading me to this fight.”
“This fight,” that Garcia alludes to is the crescendo in his 13 year boxing career. In Spence Jr., Garcia faces who many believe is not only the top dog in his division, but one of the very best in all of boxing. Big fights and intimidating opponents is nothing new to him though. Garcia has shown up in big spots several times over in his career and left the squared circle with his hand raised. He’s also come up short. Memories that still haunt him to this day.
In August of 2015, after unifying titles at 140 pounds and winning every meaningful bout placed in front of him, Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) made the more comfortable trek north to 147 pounds. With a fresh face in the welterweight waters, Garcia was called out by seemingly everyone and it didn’t take long before he answered the call.
Roughly one year after winning another world title in his second weight class, Garcia came face to face with fellow champion Keith Thurman. An average of 3.74 million viewers and a peak number of 5.1 million, tuned in to witness Garcia’s first defeat, something he would later admit hung over his head for an incredibly long time.
With a Brandon Rios knockout win serving as the precursor for what would be yet another loss, this time at the hands of Shawn Porter in 2018, Garcia is currently riding the high associated with a two fight win streak, albeit against lesser opponents.
For the now 32-year-old, he’s always taken the “every fight is a big fight,” approach. All of the wins that he’s accumulated throughout his career have led to what he believes will be a hall of fame ending. Whether or not he does in fact end his career with a hall of fame enshrinement is both yet to be determined and inconsequential at this time. Garcia knows his contest with Spence Jr. isn’t simply another fight. This is the one. This his moment. A time where he won’t forget and one that will be looked upon for years to come.
For the former champion, everything is riding on this contest and he refuses to let history remember him as a fighter who fell short.
“This is it. This is the fight you got to win. This is for your legacy. This is a fight that I have to win. I’ve been working hard for one goal and that’s to win.”
Tim Bradley Sides With Errol Spence Jr. Over Danny Garcia: “Garcia To Me Is Tailor-made For Him”
By: Hans Themistode
A Danny Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr. matchup is one that the boxing public struggles to predict. Those struggles only increased following Spence Jr.’s car wreck in October of 2019.
Garcia, a former two-division world titlist is set to face unified champion Spence Jr. in just a few more weeks on December 5th. Question marks surrounding Spence Jr.’s health and ability to take a punch have pushed many to view his contest with Garcia as a 50/50 matchup. But the growing notion that Garcia has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset has become laughable to former multiple division champion Timothy Bradley.
“Garcia to me is tailor-made for him,” said Bradley to Fight Hype during a recent interview. “Tailor-made.”
Garcia, 32, has always been viewed as the full package. The Philadelphia native has been praised for his punching power and timing over the years but more than anything, his “no look,” left hook has received more than its fair share of credit. The unconventional punch has left former great fighters such as Erik Morales and Amir Khan unconscious in the blink of an eye.
Although it’s a shot that carries a lot of power, to Bradley, you must be out of your mind if you believe he’ll be able to land it against Spence Jr.
“You think Spence is gonna run into that?” Said Bradley as he imitated Garcia’s left hook by closing his eyes, tucking his head down and throwing violently. “He got timing but he’s not landing that against Errol Spence. He’s too smooth for that.”
For Bradley, a current ESPN boxing analyst after hanging up the gloves in 2016, he’s watched Garcia for most of his career, including his 2014 matchup against Mauricio Herrera. In that contest, Garcia was heavily favored but barely scraped by with a majority decision win. On the night, the Philadelphia native found it difficult getting past the strong jab of Herrera. To Bradley, if Garcia couldn’t formulate a game plan to deal with the fringe contender, then in no way, shape or form will he be able to deal with the sort of heat that will be coming his way from Spence Jr.
“Garcia is going to have a hard time getting past the jab. He eats jabs. Remember Mauricio Herrera? He landed the jab on him and contained. Spence is gonna control him all night, back him and beat him on the inside.”
Angel Garcia On Terence Crawford’s Performance Against Kell Brook: “They Act Like He Just Beat Superman”
By: Hans Themistode
Fans and media members continue to play matchmaker. Fantasy matchups between unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and fellow belt holders Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao, continue to be on mostly everyone’s mind.
While it’s fun to discuss who would win those contests, the never-ending discussions have become disrespectful in the mind of Angel Garcia. The continued conversations essentially mean that his son, former two-division belt holder Danny Garcia, has no chance of dethroning Spence Jr. when the two face off on December 5th. While Angel respects Spence Jr. as a fighter, he believes that his team is looking way too far ahead.
“Right now they counting their chicks without hatching,” said Angel to Fight Hub TV. “Talking about fighting Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. They counting their chicks before it hatches.”
To the chagrin of Angel, a showdown between Crawford and Spence Jr. only intensified with the Nebraska native’s latest performance. Just last weekend, the WBO belt holder dropped former champion, Kell Brook, before ultimately stopping him dramatically shortly after. Since then, Crawford has received his fair share of praise.
Brook, 34, was beaten twice before in 2016 and 2017. Once at the hands of middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) in the fifth round of a contest where Brook moved up two weight divisions and again, one year later. This time to Spence Jr. in the 11th round.
Still, Brook was competitive in both of his losses and never received the sort of beating that Crawford dished out to him before. While the performance may have been impressive to most, Angel simply doesn’t understand why he’s receiving all of this praise and attention.
“Terence Crawford just finished fighting Brook and they act like he just beat superman. GGG put the icing on the cake. He was never going to be the same after the ass whopping GGG gave him. He’s like Khan, he’s a big name in Europe. They love him and he sells tickets but his chin is done.”
Beyond Angel’s issue with Crawford receiving a disproportional amount of credit for what he believes was an easy fight, he also takes umbrage with the lack of respect that his son has received over the course of his career.
“Danny was unified champion. Ring magazine. When he unified titles they said Danny just know how to win. They said he was never pound for pound number one ever. But you got somebody else that wins one fight and they say he’s number one in the world.”
Errol Spence Jr: “This Is One Of The Best I’ve Ever Felt, I’m Going To Make An Impactful statement”
By: Hans Themistode
Vulnerability and Errol Spence Jr. has never been associated with one another. Yet, following a horrific car wreck in October of 2019, Spence Jr. found himself inside of a hospital room with a boxing ring the further thing from his mind.
As the days turned to weeks and the weeks into months, Spence Jr.’s health status became a constant question mark. Now, with over a year to train both his body and mind, the Dallas native believes he’s beyond ready to take on Danny Garcia on December 5th.
“It was a lot of uncertainty,” said Spence Jr. as he recalled how he felt following his accident with Ray Flores. “I didn’t know what I was going to do but I just knew that I was going to keep training. Now, I feel ready to go. This is one of the best I’ve ever felt.”
Although Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) says his health is 100 percent back to where it once was, he’ll receive an immediate test from Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs). The hard hitting Philadelphia native has expressed his desire to rip away both the IBF and WBC welterweight world titles away from Spence Jr. in just a few more weeks.
The eyes of the boxing world are anxious to see just how Spence Jr. intends on approaching his first fight in nearly a year in a half. Those plans however, will remain under wraps until December 5th.
“My coach has a great game plan. I’m just going to feel him out. I don’t know how the first round is going to go. If I can press him then I’m going to press and do what I do.”
Once the 30-year-old Spence Jr. was given a clean bill of health, many expected him to take on a soft touch. Those thoughts though, never crossed his mind. To the powerful southpaw, there was no point in taking a step back.
“He’s a tough opponent with a granite chin. He’s always in tough fights and he’s going to bring the best out of me. I think if I took a tune up fight I wouldn’t have been 100 percent focused. I’m going to make an impactful statement. I guarantee there will be highlights everywhere. I’m going to put on a great show and performance and I will get that W come December 5th.”
For Spence Jr., a win is nothing more than a mere formality. The current unified welterweight titlist believes he’s as good as he’s ever been. Whilst he isn’t overlooking the former two division champion, Spence Jr. is not only confident of continuing his title reign but also in beating everyone that’s put in front of him.
“Line em up. Whoever else is in my way let’s get it.”
Errol Spence Jr: “I Didn’t Want Any Tune Up, I’m Still The Top Dog”
By: Hans Themistode
With only a few fights under his belt, Errol Spence Jr. placed an emphasis on facing the best of the best early on in his career. Little by little his wishes were granted as he began climbing up the welterweight ladder. The Dallas native now stands as a unified champion and has the scalps of several top welterweights on his resume.
Following a one car wreck in October of 2019, the consensus thought surrounding his return was that he would take a soft touch. The current unified titlist hadn’t fought since his 12 round war with Shawn Porter in September of 2019 and things seemed to make sense for him to use a lesser opponent to dust off any ring rust and confidence issues. Yet, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) would hear none of it as he opted to face former two division world titlist Danny Garcia on December 5th, instead.
To the 30 year old southpaw, an easy win may have looked good on the outside but in order to say he’s truly back, he believes he needs to be tested from the very beginning.
“I didn’t want any tune up fights or someone I can knock out in the first round,” said Spence Jr. during a recent virtual press conference. “I wanted someone who was going to be tough and push me to the limit that I know I need to be pushed to so I can get back to Errol Spence Jr. Me facing a lesser opponent was back when I made my pro debut and my first ten fights. Now, I want to fight the top guys in the division. I finally got to a spot where I can fight the big names so I’m not going to go backward, I’m going to go forward. I picked Danny Garcia so I can rise to the occasion.”
Spence Jr.’s wreck was a horrific one. Images of his flipped over sports car quickly made the rounds on social media. No pictures of him were released, however, earlier this year on the one year anniversary of his crash, the Dallas native posted a picture of himself lying in a hospital with a swollen face and lacerations spewed across his face.
Usual conversations concerning who was the best in the welterweight division carried the caveat of “let’s see if Spence is the same first.” For the southpaw though, the answer to that question remains the same.
“I’m still the top dog in my division even after the car crash. I’ll show that I’m still a great fighter.”
Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia Explain Why They Are Looking To Each Other’s Past Wins For Answers
By: Jeandra Lebeauf
On Tuesday, November 10th, Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia hosted their first joint press conference to promote their December 5th, title clash at Cowboy stadium. Spence Jr., who currently holds both the WBC and IBF welterweight titles, returns to the ring following a horrific car crash in October 2019. For Garcia, the former WBC welterweight titlist aims to return to the top of the division with a victory.
Looking fit and ready with long-time trainer Derrick James by his side, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) says all things are moving along well in training camp. The unified champion says he’s in tip-top shape and expects to look good in the ring against Danny Garcia. With his opponent having both wins and losses on his record (to Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman), a self-proclaimed student of boxing told BoxingInsider.com he learns more from his opponent’s wins than his losses.
“I definitely learn more from the wins,” said Spence Jr. “He’s had some great wins, and I’ve learned a lot from his different fights like the Shawn Porter fight, even Lamont Peterson. I’m a student of the game. That’s all I do is watch fights.”
Like Spence Jr., Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) is also a fixture on social media during major fights he’s not participating in or attending. When preparing their fight plan for December 5th, it’s clear Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, didn’t think much of Mikey Garcia’s performance against Spence Jr. in March of 2019, likening it to “running.” Danny, however, offers this explanation to BoxingInsider.com of what Spence Jr. did well against Mikey Garcia.
“I felt like he was the bigger, better man that night,” says Garcia. “Mikey has great skill but the size difference, and he let his hands go. He just won every round just by letting his hands go. Mikey took no risks. He did some things well. He stood his ground, landed some good counter punches, and those are things I’m taking into consideration for this camp.”
Unified champion Errol Spence Jr. will defend his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against former two division titlist Danny Garcia on December 5th, 2020 at the AT&T stadium. The event will air on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.
Shawn Porter Confirms That He’s Next In Line For Danny Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr. Winner
By: Hans Themistode
Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Mikey Garcia, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao are all great fighters, but former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter doesn’t want to hear his name associated with any of them.
Rumors and speculation on who the Ohio native will be facing next are unnecessary because according to him, his next opponent is already set in stone.
“I think the conversation remains the same,” Porter said. “The conversation is me fighting the winner of Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia. I don’t think that’s something Al Haymon is looking to change and or looking forward to changing. That’s what I’m being told, that I get the winner.”
Spence Jr., and Garcia are set to meet on November 21st, on a FOX Pay-Per-View. Porter of course, will be an interested observer.
Back in September of 2018, Porter won a close, but unanimous decision against Garcia to win the vacant WBC crown. His reign was short lived though as he lost his title just one year later to Spence Jr. via split decision.
Porter has since bounced back with a one sided beatdown over the formerly undefeated Sebastian Formella. With the win, Porter now finds himself with a permanent seat at the table. So if either Garcia or Spence Jr. attempts to eschew him, he’s made sure that it won’t be possible.
“I’m supposed to be the mandatory for the WBC and the IBF. For me, you can’t go wrong either way. I think that’s amazing. I never saw that coming. I can fight either guy, Errol Spence or Danny Garcia, and it’s a big fight. So I am definitely going to be in the front row (on Nov. 21) watching intently.”
Under normal circumstances, picking a winner would be easy for Porter. He’s faced both opponents in the ring and considers Spence Jr. more skilled, a harder puncher and an overall better fighter than Garcia.
With that being said, the circumstances surrounding Spence Jr. aren’t exactly normal.
The unified champion is fresh off a horrific one car wreck in October of last year. The damage he sustained has reportedly been very little but many have speculated otherwise. Porter though, is going with his original thought and believes “and still” will be said following 12 rounds of action.
“This is not a knockout win for Errol Spence. I can see Danny Garcia pulling off some rounds, but I think it will be a unanimous decision for Errol Spence,” Porter said. “I think he’s in good enough health to get back in the ring (following a car accident last October). I think it’s Errol Spence’s fight.”
Errol Spence Jr. Not Particularly Worried About What Danny Garcia Brings To The Table: “Danny Just Has One Gear”
By: Hans Themistode
Versatility hasn’t always been the name of Errol Spence Jr’s game. But after abandoning his come forward/bully style to out box one of the best pure boxers in the world in Mikey Garcia, Spence proved that the layers to his abilities are complex.
The same however, can’t be said for his opponent come November 21st, in Danny Garcia. At least according to Spence Jr.
“I got so many gears,” said Spence Jr. during a recent joint interview with both Garcia and Brian Kenny. “I can box, I can fight, bang, use angles. Danny just has one gear, counterpunch and be patient. With me, you have to train for everything.”
At the moment, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) is the prohibited favorite to retain his WBC and IBF titles when the two meet in roughly two months. Something that Garcia shakes his head at. The Philadelphia native has never been the type to defend himself from doubters. But he couldn’t help but laugh and give Spence Jr. an incredulous look when he spoke on his skillset.
“I would have to disagree with that. I out box the sluggers and out bang the bangers. I’ve faced the hardest hitters and my chin done stood up to the test. I beat them because I was better, not just because I was a counter puncher.”
Those aforementioned sluggers and bangers that Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) refers to comes from his days at 140 pounds. From 2012 to 2015, the former unified champion went on a run that saw him take down the divisions best including a prime Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson and a host of others.
That string of victories not only allowed him to wrap several world titles around his waist, but it also made him the man to beat. That success however, hasn’t exactly translated to the 147 pound division. Garcia did manage to pick up a vacant world title against Robert Guerrero in 2016, but he lost it shortly after in the biggest contest of his career against Keith Thurman. That loss, coupled with another, this time at the hands of Shawn Porter, has convinced Spence Jr. that Garcia may have been the man at 140, but at 147 he’s just a regular guy.
“At 140, I’m not going to lie, he was doing his thing and was a great champion. But at 147 he’s fallen short. At the end of the day I’m going to dictate everything that is going to happen in the fight.”
Danny Garcia on Spence Showdown: “It’s Time To Take What’s Mine”
By: Hans Themistode
Timing is everything in the sport of boxing.
Fans often groan over the forced marination of a big time fight as boxing builds the anticipation for it. For former two division world champion Danny Garcia however, he’s always jumped right into the mix.
After winning the WBC 140 pound title, Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) didn’t waste any time in facing the top guys such as Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse.
His run as a former champion in his second weight class has been littered with several of the top names as well such as Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman. Now, come November 21st, Garcia will add to the murderers row of competition that he has faced when he takes on current unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
Much like Garcia’s perfectly timed no look left hook, many believe Garcia is catching Spence at his most vulnerable.
The current unified champion found his sports car upside and himself kissing the pavement following a one car wreck in October of 2019.
Thoughts of “washed up” and “not what he used to be” permeated through the minds of fans. But even with the uncertainty surrounding the undefeated Dallas native, Garcia isn’t viewing his matchup with Spence as a chance to kick the man while he’s down. The Philadelphia bred former champ always believed that Spence has the sort of holes in his game that he can exploit.
“I believe so,” said Garcia when asked if now is the time to face Spence on the Last Stand podcast with Brian Custer. “Even before the accident. I felt like I saw some things in the Mikey Garcia fight and the Porter fight. I feel like his style is great for my style. Before anything, I always felt like I could take him. I definitely feel like it’s the right time, it’s Danny Garcia time.”
Through eight years as a professional, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) took everything he wanted. In 2017, he jumped on a plane and went half way across the world to England and ripped the title away from then champion Kell Brook. From there, he ripped away another title, this time the WBC championship from Shawn Porter.
Simply put, whatever he wants, he takes.
That way of thinking is something that Garcia is coming around to. And while the two have never faced each other in the professional or amateur ranks, Garcia believes that Spence Jr. has taken away something that belongs to him as well.
The Philadelphia native becomes surly whenever he watches Spence Jr. walk around with the green WBC title. The name embedded across its gold plate may say “Errol Spence Jr” but Garcia believes that it not only belongs to him, but he plans on ripping it away come November 21st.
“It’s time for me to go up there and take what’s mine,” said Garcia. “I just need to take more risk. I have to take the belt from the champion. Take what’s mine. I am the true WBC champion at 140 and 147, I had a six or seven year reign. I took a little break but I feel like it’s time to come back and take what’s mine.”
Errol Spence Jr: ” Ugas is a Very Good Fighter But Nobody Knows Who He is”
By: Hans Themistode
Being a great fighter just isn’t good enough. At least according to unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
At the moment, the Dallas native is sitting at a table with a pen in his hand waiting to sign a contract. The names that he has been most linked to are WBA belt holder Manny Pacquiao, WBO titlist Terence Crawford and former two division world champion Danny Garcia. One name that is currently trying to place himself into the mix however, is Welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao, Crawford and Garcia all share a few things in common. They aren’t only great fighters but they also bring a certain level of cachet to the table.
Simply put, neither of those aforementioned fighters can walk to their respective drug store or go out on a midday stroll without getting mobbed by fans. Especially in the case of Pacquiao.
Ugas on the other hand, can go unnoticed.
His low profile suits him. He isn’t loquacious and may even come across as introverted. Inside of the ring however, it’s a whole different story.
The phrase “I let my fists do the talking for me,” is a great way to describe Ugas. But while that has led him to winning ten of his past eleven fights, it won’t get him on the radar of Spence.
“Ugas is a good fighter,” Spence told Brian Custer, a Showtime broadcaster. “He’s a very good fighter. I think he’s a guy that, you know, that’s always extremely focused. He has, you know, that Cuban training factor, where, you know, he’s always training, he’s always focused. It looks like he’s always in shape. But, you know, as far as big names, he’s not a big name. You know, I think that’s the only knock to him. You know, a great fighter, but not a big name. I mean, he’s not Danny Garcia, not Pacquiao, you know, he’s not Terence Crawford.”
At one point, Spence was once in that same position. Screaming for a big fight at the top of the mountain tops while most who were at the top of said mountain barely heard him. In fairness though, Ugas did receive his shot at stardom in a 2019 contest against Shawn Porter. To the chagrin of those watching at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Porter was given the split decision win.
The bitter taste of defeat was quickly washed away following two wins over Mike Dallas Jr and Omar Figueroa Jr. Now, he finds himself rated third in the WBC rankings. A belt that Spence just so happens to hold position of. Still, it’ll take more than a climb up the rankings to entice Spence into fighting him.
“That’s the only knock to him. Once he gets there, once he gets behind me, then I’ll turn around and we’ll fight. But, you know, right now, you know, it’s not a guy that, you know, I’m just gonna be calling out to fight because, I mean, hardcore boxing people know him. But outside of that, you know, nobody know who he is.”
Terence Crawford Warns Errol Spence Jr: “Danny Garcia Ain’t No Joke”
By: Hans Themistode
When Errol Spence Jr. left the scene of his one car accident in October of 2019, without any major injuries, hardly anyone could believe it. His high powered sports car was completely totaled, and footage of the wreck left many incredulous to the injury report that stated he only had a few loose teeth and minor facial scrapes.
A warm up fight for the unified Welterweight champion made sense, but he would hear none of it.
Now, Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) got his wish in the form of two division world champion Danny Garcia as his next opponent. Many have already penciled in win number 27 for the Dallas native. But WBO belt holder Terence Crawford is telling everyone whoa, not so fast.
“I don’t know what his status [is] on his injuries, or his health,” said Crawford on the Ak and Barak show. “But all I know is, you know, it’s gonna be a good fight, and Danny Garcia ain’t no pushover. Like I’ve been telling people, he ain’t no joke. And Errol ain’t, either. So, that’s gonna make for a great fight. I wish both of them well and the best.”
Spence was last seen inside of the ring squeezing out a decision win against Shawn Porter. It may have been his toughest fight to date, but Crawford believes that statement can change the moment Spence faces off with Garcia.
“The way Errol fought Shawn Porter, I kind of think it suits Danny’s style better,” Crawford said. “You know, because I feel like Shawn has a more rugged type of strength than Danny. But I think Danny is more sturdier and punch harder. You know, Shawn got that bull strength, but Danny got like that, ‘You’re not pushing me back’ strength. So it’s gonna be exciting to watch because Errol got that same strength like Danny. Like, ‘All right, I’m gonna out-power you, out-will you, you know, out-punch you.’ So, now it comes to who’s gonna out-will who, who’s gonna take whose punch better. You know, both of ‘em can box, at the same time, so it’s gonna make for an exciting fight.”
Danny Garcia Doesn’t Want to Hear Any Excuses From Errol Spence Jr
By: Hans Themistode
Former two division world champion Danny Garcia isn’t a fan of making excuses.
He didn’t try to justify his lackluster performance in a win against Mauricio Herrera in 2014. He also took losses against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter square on the chin and didn’t make any excuses for coming up short.
So now that the Philadelphia native is set to take on Errol Spence Jr following his horrific car accident, he doesn’t want Spence, nor any of his fans to make any excuses should he come out on the short end of the stick.
“If you ain’t ready, don’t get in the ring. You know?” Said Garcia on the Ak and Barak show. “That’s just that simple. You know, I know they say Manny’s older now, but he’s coming off a big win. So, if he’s old, don’t get in the ring. If Spence ain’t better, don’t get in the ring. “I don’t wanna hear no excuses. I never made no excuses.”
Garcia may not see an issue with fighting Spence during his first fight back, but current WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford would hear none of it. A Crawford vs Spence showdown has been on the minds of boxing fans for quite some time now. But with Spence escaping tragedy in a horrific car accident, he now becomes a question mark. So much so, that if Crawford was presented with a contract to take him on next, he would crumple it up and throw it in the trash.
“I told him ‘Don’t come back trying to fight me because that ain’t the fight you really want on your first fight to come back.” Said Crawford to Chris Mannix a few months ago. “I wouldn’t even take that fight if it was offered to me because it’s a lose-lose situation for me.”
Crawford has become accustomed to criticism. His resume has been picked apart and his level of opposition has been ridiculed for much of his career. So it comes as no surprise that he isn’t willing to give his critics something else to talk about.
“If something was to happen and I knocked him out or beat him up bad, they (media and fans) would say ‘He’s not the same Errol Spence. He’s coming off a car accident,’ and that would never end for my whole career. I just want to see him at the old Errol Spence that he used to be. Then me and him are going to fight.”
While Crawford is looking to avoid giving more fuel to his naysayers, Garcia on the other hand, isn’t worried about it.
“Not at all because if you ain’t a hundred percent, don’t get in the ring.”
Danny Garcia Facing Either Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr This Fall
By: Hans Themistode
When Danny Garcia matched up with Ivan Redkach this past January, it didn’t make much sense. He was fresh off a stoppage win over Adrian Granados and looked to be in line to face one of the top names in the Welterweight division.
To the surprise of no one, Garcia made it look easy against Redkach, winning virtually every round on the judges scorecards. The victory may have added Garcia’s 36th win, but many were still wondering as to why it needed to take place in the first place.
Now, it’s all making sense.
Redkach is a left handed fighter. So is unified champion Errol Spence Jr and WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao, the two names Garcia is now focused on.
“I was told either him or Manny Pacquiao,” said Garcia on the AK and Barak show. “I know I said September on [Instagram Live], but it should be in the fall. I don’t wanna say. I don’t wanna give false information, like September. But it may be in the fall. Either him or Manny Pacquiao. So, that’s what I was told.”
The golden pot at the end of a win over either man is huge for Garcia. Spence is considered the best in the Welterweight division, while Pacquiao is a living legend. Fans may have their preference as to who they want to see him jump into the ring with next, but for Garcia, you can place both names in a hat, blind fold him and tell him to choose a name at random. It wouldn’t really matter either way.
“You know, it doesn’t matter to me at this point. Both of them are champions. Spence would be better because I would win two titles. I would also become a five-time world champion. But even beating a legend in Manny Pacquiao would be … that’ll be a great thing for my legacy. So, it doesn’t matter to me at this point.”
While Garcia was walking all over Redkach in the ring on January 25th, Spence was dealing with his own fight outside of it. The Dallas native was involved in a horrific car accident. One that saw his vehicle flip over several times. He proved that he isn’t only durable in the ring but also outside of it as he walked away from the crash with just a few bruises and some brand new teeth. Garcia could have waited for the champ to recover, but with COVID-19 pressing pause on the boxing world, he’s happy he didn’t wait.
“I was supposed to fight Spence in January,” Garcia said. “Remember, January 25th I was supposed to fight him. The fight was done, and I’m glad I did fight in January. If I didn’t fight in January, I would’ve been out the ring for a long time because no one knew about COVID-19. I’m glad I pushed for a fight and I’m glad I got a fight. I would’ve been out the ring for a long time.”
“I just feel like everything happens for a reason,” Garcia said. “You know, I got the southpaw. Now, whoever’s next, Manny or Spence, most likely, it may be looking more like Spence. But if Manny says yes, then it’s Manny.”
Terence Crawford: “Danny is a Great Fighter”
By: Hans Themistode
Former Two division world champion Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) receives a lot of flack.
His run at 140 pounds was spectacular. Wins over Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse propelled him to the top of the division.
The accolades and praise he collected during his run was well warranted. But fast forward five years later, and those cheers have turned into boo’s. Garcia’s run at 147, has left a lot to be desired. Sure he’s picked up wins against former champions in Paulie Malignaggi, Robert Guerrero and Brandon Rios but they were all believed to be past their collective primes. Add those lackluster wins with losses against Keith Thurman as well as Shawn Porter, and the criticism has been through the roof.
Never has Garcia and three division world champion Terence Crawford ever been on the same page. But in this instance, Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) is tired of hearing the Garcia scrutiny.
“Danny Garcia is a great fighter,” Crawford (36-0, 27KOs) insisted during a recent video interview with ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “I’ve been telling a lot of people about Danny Garcia ever since they’ve been saying that he’s cherry picking. I know he’s not.”
Garcia’s detractor’s mostly come from those on the outside looking in. Crawford on the other hand, has first hand experience as to why he believes that Garcia is such a great fighter.
“Me and Danny actually fought twice. I know what strengths he presents. He can box, he can bang. He’s strong, he can take a punch. He’s always in shape. When you fight Danny, you always have to be on your A-game. If you’re up on points, he’s going to bring it and you have to be ready for it.”
With the series tied at one a piece, both Garcia and Crawford could be on their way to settling the score once and for all with Garcia currently ranked number one in the WBO. With the history that these two share, you could say that there a match made in Heaven.
“I just feel like my style and his style are good for each other,” Crawford believes. “You have two counter punchers, two strong fighters, a little bit of history behind it. We’re both 1-1. Anything Danny can do, I can do as well.”
“What I think separates us is my boxing IQ, me being able to switch up and being able to box and my speed.”