Steven Donnell @djayboxingblog
It is often said that this generation of boxing fans have been short changed by the sport. I am sure that most of us have heard this from fathers and uncles about how in the good the old days of boxing the best always wanted to fight the best, regardless of silly things like weight divisions.
We often hear about how we will never see another Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran because in boxing today self preservation comes before risking it all, and usually I would agree but not this time. Nobody really knew how to react when four weight World Champion Mikey Garcia decided to chase a fight with arguably the best Welterweight in the World Errol Spence Jnr.
Now at first I have to admit that I was critical of this fight, I thought the step up in weight was going to be far too much for the former Featherweight World Champion, but as the fight has drew nearer I now find myself getting caught up in the excitement of it all.
There can be no doubt about Mikey Garcia’s credentials in the ring. Garcia for me one of the best technical boxers in the world, and for the man from California to stand a chance against Spence he is going to need to use every bit of that ability.
Since his return to the ring after a two year hiatus due to managerial problems Garcia has been eager to make up for lost time beating the like of Adrian Broner, Dejan Zlaticanin and Sergey Lipinets in title fights proving he has not lost a step during his inactivity. His main strength is his ability to figure out his opponents weakness exploit it with some beautiful shots, very much in the way that Andre Ward once did.
With superb timing, subtle feints and drops of the shoulder to compliment his shot selection Garcia really is one of the best in the business. Sometimes Mikey can make things look too easy, get over confident, maybe even a little cocky and we have seen Lipinets punish him with some big shots for it, this is something brother and trainer Robert Garcia must be working to eradicate for his next fight.
Errol Spence Jnr has long been touted as the future of the welterweight division so when he came to the UK and took the IBF World title from Kell Brook in the sheffield fighters home town. The boxer known as “The Truth” has all the ingredients to become an elite level operator and at 29 years old he is now hitting his physical peak.
Mikey Garcia has been quoted as saying both have similar styles and I can see where he coming from with that. Yes Spence may be a southpaw but Garcia is talking more about how they both stay on the outside, the way in which they will look punish any mistakes by opponents. Since the former olympian won his World Title in England in May 2017 his activity has dropped to a frustrating level, fighting only twice since.
In that time we have seen some worrying footage of Spence Jnr out on the town with Adrian Broner and Gervonta Davis, two guys who seem determined to ruin any talent they are blessed with and the stories are that Spence may well be on the verge of falling into the same trap.
If we think about this fight logically then there really should only be one winner and that is the bigger, stronger welterweight Errol Spence, but sometimes greatness defies all logic.
Can Garcia stay on point for a full twelve rounds without making a mistake? because that is all Spence will need, one drop of the glove, one overreached punch, one mistimed step and it could be all over.
If Garcia can pull this off it will go down as one of the best wins in our generation and something that we can throw back to prove there are still some within the sport daring to be great.
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