Written by Tré Berry III | 12/06/2020
“Tell them I’m back man” was the words immediately that was stated after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr’s (27-0-0, 21KO) comeback victory over Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-3-0, 21KO) to successfully secure the 5th defense of his WBC and IBF World Welterweight Titles. The fight was tactical, and went the distance, which left no doubts to whom the 🔝superior fighter was this night, and in general.
ERROL SPENCE JR’S IMMEDIATE FIGHT ANALYSIS AND HEALTH PROGNOSIS
Before we get into the full recap of the fight, what we ended up paying attention to most from the onset was Errol’s overall health, reflexes, 🧠mindset, and ability to take a hit from a hard hitting opponent. Based off of the evidence that presented itself in this Welterweight bout, Errol looked as if literally nothing had changed since his devastating car crash about 14 months ago. Errol’s overall reflexes didn’t seem to take a 📉dip, nor did his quick decision making, and physically he seemed to look in tact, also showcasing that he can still keep himself composed after taking a few hard shots upstairs.
SPENCE JR. VS DANNY FULL FIGHT RECAP
In 🛎️round 1, Danny came out with the intent to fight on his backfoot, with Errol stalking in a calculated fashion, flicking the jab effectively both to the head and the body. Danny did land a couple of solid right hands in the second round to split the guard, but Errol took the power well (which was a positive sign to all boxing fans), and continued to stand his ground and take control of the real estate inside of the ring.
Danny found home with a clever 1-2-3 combination, placing the punches around the high guard that Spence was utilizing. Errol began unleashing his power behind the left hand. The last ⌚30 seconds of the round, you slowly started to see the separation in class between the two Championship caliber prizefighters. The more Errol started to stalk and rake the body with right hooks, the more discouraged Danny looked as he began to run out of ideas for useful answers.
Errol by round 5 started to diversify his left cross, and landed them in a multitude of different ways. From an accumulation effect of the snappy right jab that Errol was consistently offering up, Danny’s 👁️left eye began to close from swelling, by the 6th round. A note to make – 📌Danny from the onset was fighting the wrong style fight on the outside, but finally started to press forward and push the action, which truthfully was really his only way that he could have won this fight.
In the 7th stanza, Errol was doing great body work in the clinches, taking away every tactic that Danny wanted to use as Spence had every advantage skillwise, and athletically over the proud Philly fighter. In the back-end of the 8th round, Errol started to thoroughly maul and bully Danny the way only he knows how, and exhibited a sense of calm in his pursuit doing so (a predator at work). Danny however did sneak in a powerful right hand in the 9th, but no follow ups by way of combination, and Errol shrugging the shot off.
Garcia’s best punch in my opinion was a 💥counter right hand that momentarily knocked Errol a little off-balanced – a good round for the challenger, and his contingent. As the fight progressed late, Danny comported himself well in the 11th round, but Spence showcased mastery in ring-generalship throughout the large portion of the round. The last round, both opened up a little more as you would expect, and the last 15 seconds was exciting, with Danny getting his last licks in, but Garcia should have let his hands go rounds before – one could say missed opportunities, but all is in the 📖books.
THE VERDICT, AND FIGHTER TAKEAWAYS
The judging imo was decent, and by way of 📝Unanimous Decision, Errol Spence walked away as the victor, and retained his two Welterweight belts, but the major story here was that in a risky proposition to immediately fight someone of Danny Garcia’s caliber, “The Truth” shined, and he convinced watchers that he is indeed the same fighter, and the same major threat to anyone at ⚖️147, and ⚖️154 lbs. It was good to see Errol still being able to fight at his customary high level.
As for Danny, he tried, and he gave his all, but he just doesn’t have a ⚙️second gear. Anytime he finds himself against elite operators, and his advantages are taken away, you don’t see him being able to change his style to adapt to the flow taking place in the ring, which is why he 🚫should NOT be looked to at this point as an elite Welterweight. He is however, still a very good fighter, and he brings a credible challenge, and show to all Welterweights, whether he is superior in class, and even when he is not – solid tactically fought fight all-around.