On Saturday 5th December 2020, the world will witness Errol Spence’s return to the ring after that horror crash which put not only his boxing career in the balance but also his life. The unbeaten and number one ranked welterweight in the world takes on former World Champion Danny Garcia for the WBO and IBF World Titles. The fight takes place in Arlington, Texas and promises to be a blistering paced bout and a potential FOTY. The fight was originally meant to take place on January 25th but had to be rearranged due to the injuries Spence Jr sustained through the horror car crash in October 2019.
If you fancy a flutter on the fight, we'd recommend checking out Sports Betting Dime, who have Errol Spence as a -341 favourite whilst Danny Garcia is sitting at +252. These two way odds give Spence a 73.2% probability of winning compared to 26.8% for Garcia.
Both fighters are in the form of their lives and with Terence Crawford viewed as the number one P4P fighter in the world by ESPN, the winner of this fight against 'bud' is a potential FOTY for 2021.
Errol Spence Jr last fought in September 2019 against fellow American, Shawn Porter and it was far from plain sailing for the champion. Spence Jr dropped Porter in the 11th round and went on to win the fight via a split decision (116-111, 116-111, 112-115) to keep his unbeaten record intact and move to 26-0-0 21KO. It was, without doubt, his toughest fight to date and will certainly have tested his heart and desire. If Spence Jr can overcome a tricky and experienced fighter in Garcia, the fight that every boxing fan and pundit wants to see next, the Terence Crawford fight.
Early hours of Thursday 10th October, Errol Spence Jr was driving his Ferrari at high speed before flipping in the air multiple times and ejecting him out of the car in the process. At the time of the incident, Errol was not wearing a seatbelt and it may have saved his life. He escaped without life-threatening injuries and lived to fight another day, quite literally. It has definitely put things into perspective for the American. He recently posted this on his Instagram page “A Year today…I don’t know how or why I got saved but thank God, the thought of leaving my lil girls & them growing up without me still f**k with me but I’m triple blessed & must be here for a reason…”.
After defeating the likes of Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia, he is proving that he is a tough nut to crack and has Danny Garcia in his sights to add his already impressive resume.
Danny Garcia has had an illustrious career to date, defeating the likes of Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson and Paul Malignaggi but his two career defeats have been at the hands of Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. There are questions to answer for Garcia, is he still capable of mixing it at the top level? How much have the defeats taken out of him? Is he good enough to stop Spence Jr? These are questions which will certainly be answered on December 5th and he will be looking to silence his critics. Garcia first became World Champion in March, after beating the tough Mexican Erik Morales on points for the WBC World Title after Morales failed to make weight prior to the fight. Danny then went on to beat Amir Khan, claiming the WBA World Title in the process and became a hunted man in the Welterweight division. His first defeat came at the hands of Keith Thurman and it was a fight where somebody’s 0 had to go and unfortunately for Garcia, it was his via a split decision defeat (115-113, 112-116, 113-115).
Danny Garcia has held belts at two different weight classes and has produced world-class performances in the process and will be seeing this upcoming fight as a chance to prove he is still world level. He is the underdog for the upcoming bout with the bookmakers and the pundits share this view also with the pressure being on Spence Jr to retain his world title and keep his perfect record going. In a recent interview with DAZN, Garcia had this to say on the upcoming bout.
"I'm very excited to get back in the ring. This is going to be my second fight of 2020, even though it's been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. I'm glad we're finally getting back to where we were and that we'll be able to bring this fight to the fans. This matchup is a mega-fight unification bout. It's my opportunity to reclaim my spot at the top in this division and become a five-time world champion. Training and sparring have been going really well. I'm extremely prepared for this already, and it can't get here soon enough. Come December 5th, I will be crowned unified champion!"
Errol Spence Jr has the height and the reach advantage over Danny Garcia and with the Spence being an outstanding southpaw, it will be difficult for Garcia to close the gap and tactics will be vital for both fighters. There is a strong possibility that this fight goes the distance with both fighters showing tough chins. With the current situation globally looking bleak, we are privileged to be seeing fantastic matchups like this and it promises to be a fantastic fight to watch. Both fighters possess power, accuracy and quick feet and will no doubt bring some joy to what has been a year to forget for the world as a whole.
Date: December 5th 2020
Time: Ring walk 03:00-04:00
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington