Written by Tré Berry III | 11/30/2020
On December 5th, the boxing public is set to get another high profile Welterweight match-up at the top of the 🏷️ticket, which will be shown on 📺FOX PPV. Undefeated Unified WBC/IBF Welterweight World Titlist 🇺🇸Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0-0, 21KO👊) will make his celebrated return to the boxing ring after his life ordeal, to face former Junior-Welterweight Champion of the World & former Welterweight belt holder 🇺🇸Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2-0, 21KO👊) for what will be the 1st major fight of December.
A LIFE AND A CAREER – HOW QUICKLY IT ALL COULD BE TAKEN AWAY IN A MOMENT
What a 🎢rollercoaster ride it has been for Errol Spence Jr. (the Dallas native in the last 15 months). Riding high last year off of his September 28th hard-earned victory over 🇺🇸Shawn Porter, Errol was sitting on ⛰️top of the world, that is until his world came crashing down, in both a figurative, and literal sense.
On a fateful Friday night on October 11th, 2019 (technically Saturday morning, but it’s carry-over of the night before), Errol after making the ill-fated decision to drive home right after downing a few drinks, was nearly a fatal one, as he crashed his Ferrari, flipping over at high velocity at least 3 times.
The crash was caught on nearby 📸surveillance camera, and the optics of the crash itself was every bit as gruesome as was originally reported. The feeling around the boxing world was universal sorrow as many did not believe that Errol would survive the ordeal, echoing haunting memories of the crash that took Salvador Sanchez life back in 1982. Taken to a local Dallas hospital, some miraculous news came out that Errol, despite the flips and damage to the car, had zero bones broken – how? we’ll just leave that one up to interpretation.
Errol did mess up his grill, and later had to have surgery for his teeth, but the initial damage done was that he did not remember being in the crash, didn’t remember the 🌃night at all, and he certainly did not remember the people who had came to visit him while he was in the Intensive Care Unit.
Despite onset amnesia, he had regained his cognizance, and rediscovered a new lease on life, as his was ultimately spared. He took the lesson in stride and re-evaluated his standing as a man, as a fighter, and most importantly, as a loving father.
He took responsibility for his actions, and had re-dedicated himself, to where now that he is on the verge of gracing the boxing ring again. He is looking to prove not just to the world that he is the same fighter, but he is also deadset on proving it to himself. Evading taking an easy fight to test the body out, this is a dangerous task, but Errol, given his boxing journey, and his wreck – has proven that he isn’t scared of anything, and wants to test himself against a former World Champion.
A DECORATED CHAMPION “DSG” TRYING TO AVOID FALLING TO THE BACK OF THE PACK WITH WELTERWEIGHT HIERARCHY
Danny “Swift” Garcia was one of those fighters who had made himself from scratch, of course alongside his father/Trainer Angel Garcia. Danny, of Puerto Rican descent, repping Philadelphia, he worked his way up in the ranks and got his shot against aged, but still crafty legend Erik Morales, whom he defeated twice and ended his career. His major break to stardom came when he knocked out speedy Olympic Silver-Medalist 🥈🇬🇧Amir Khan to unify the WBA, WBC Junior-Welterweight Titles, and winning the vacant RING-Magazine World Title to become the Champion of the division.
To follow, Danny took care of aged 🇺🇸Zab Judah, and then he scored the pinnacle win of his career over 🇦🇷Lucas Martin Matthysse, who was the boogey man of the division at that time, while he was in his prime. Soon after Garcia moved to the Welterweight division and won a title against a past-his-prime former World Titlist 🇺🇸Robert “Ghost” Guererro.
Since being in the division, Danny has come to terms that the lot in which he occupies consists of bigger, better fighters than he had to deal with at ⚖️140, while most of the current contingent at ⚖️147 is well within their primes. His two major step ups came against 🇺🇸Keith Thurman, who he lost his title to in a unification match, and against 🇺🇸Shawn Porter, losing the opportunity to win the vacant WBC Welterweight belt.
With Garcia drawing the 🥤short straw in those bouts, he will fall to the backburner of the Welterweight elite if he were to lose wide against Spence, to where he would be relegated as a 🌫️gate-keeper to the true top of the division. This will also be the toughest test of Garcia’s career, considering Spence is the best fighter that he will have to face thus far. Garcia is touted for having the heaviest hands in the division, and he will need it to pull off what would be the greatest victory of his career.