Roberto Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr Preview June 20th
Unbeaten Errol Spence Jr of Desoto, Texas will be squaring off against Roberto Garcia of Mexico this Saturday, June 20th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 10-round welterweight bout can be seen live in Canada and the USA on the free NBC network as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series. Fans in the UK can catch the bout live on Sky Sports 1.
The 35-year-old Garcia enters the contest with a 33-3 record including 22 Kos. He’s been hot lately as he’s won his last nine fights with the latest coming against James Stevenson in April. He hasn’t been defeated since 2010, but will be the underdog here against Spence. Garcia’s recent winning streak should have given him a huge confidence boost though. He has a lot of power in his punches and likes to take the fight to his opponent.
Garcia can be a handful if he’s allowed to dictate the pace with his aggressive style. Garcia’s biggest problem in the ring is the fact that he’s not particularly hard to find and hit. His chin is suspect as Breidis Prescott recently dropped him last July. However, he’s never been stopped in his career. He has plenty of experience as he’s taken on Antonio Margarito, Antwone Smith, Jose Flores, Freddy Hernandez, Carson Jones and Victor Manuel Cayo.
The 25-year-old Spence Jr is a former 2012 U.S. Olympian southpaw who will climb through the ring ropes with a perfect mark of 16-0 along with 13 Kos. His last bout was against Samuel Vargas in April and he’s quickly moving up the rankings. Spence also has good power along with his speed, mobility, boxing intelligence and defence. He’s scored seven Kos in a row and is looking to make it eight straight on Saturday. Spence can’t take Garcia too lightly though or his chin will certainly be tested.
Spence hasn’t taken on any top-ranked fighters as of yet since turning pro in 2012, but Garcia is a bit of a step up in class. Spence is just over 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 72-inch reach and a knockout ratio of 81.3 per cent. He has 50 pro rounds to his name as of now. Meanwhile, Garcia stand 5-foot-10 and also has a 72-inch reach. He’s fought 214 rounds since turning pro in 2001 and has a knockout percentage of 56.1.
If Garcia wasn’t 10 years older than Spence Jr this would certainly be a pretty decent matchup. Garcia has plenty of experience and power and a decent enough chin to have his moments in this fight. However, with Spence having youth and speed on his side and possibly just as much power in his arsenal he certainly has the advantage at this stage of their careers. Look for this one to go a few rounds and possibly even the distance with Spence taking a decision or scoring a late stoppage.
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