Errol Spence Jr. defeated Danny Garcia in his return to the ring, following a scary car accident in October 2019. He left doubters wondering whether the unbeaten IBF and WBC welterweight champion could remain the same fearless, ferocious fighter as before that crash.
Spence boxed and banged at times with the hard-hitting Garcia and beat him thoroughly on all three scorecards. Judges Tim Cheatham (117-111), Barry Lindenman (116-112) and Steve Weisfeld (116-112) each scored Spence a wide winner.
“The moment’s surreal, man” Spence told FOX Sports’ Jordan Plant. “It’s been a dream of mine just to come back from the accident. [After] a year-and-a-half layoff, you know, I thought I looked pretty good. There was a little ring rust in there. I got a little tired, but I think I shook off the cobwebs. You know, I’ll be ready to fight again in the summertime.”
Big fish back 🦈 pic.twitter.com/hWB2ReYO7B
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) December 6, 2020
Garcia was competitive in the first half of his fight versus Spence, but the two-division champion all too often failed to let his hands go as Spence stockpiled points.
“He was just the better man tonight,” Garcia said. “No excuses. You know, I fought a hard, tough fight. He had a pretty good jab. … You know, I fought hard and I’m proud.”
CompuBox counted 187-of-707 punches overall for Spence, 70 more than it unofficially credited Garcia for landing (117-of-700).