Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas Errol Spence Jr took on Mikey Garcia in defense of his IBF welterweight title, in what was going to be one of the most anticipated fights of 2019. The challenger Garcia after capturing gold in his fourth weight division in 2018 called out Spence in a fight for “Greatness” and top position on boxing’s “pound for Pound” list. As a true champion Spence would accept the challenge and after both fighters took care of other business, signed the contract to make it happen.
Once the bell rang with forty plus thousand fans in attendance, boxing waited on the edge of their seats to see if Garcia could do what no one has been able to until that point defeat “Errol Spence”.
It started with a feel out first round, in the second Garcia pushed the action winning it on many cards of those watching and scoring unofficially. The remainder of the bout would be all Errol Spence Jr who controlled the distance and pace with his long accurate jab. When the bout was over judges in attendance Alex Levin and Nelson Vazquez scored it 120-108 while Glenn Feldman 120-107 all in favor of the champion Errol Spence Jr.
This was the first loss in what’s already “Hall of fame” worthy career of Mikey Garcia who now stands at 39-1 (30) and will most likely move back to lightweight where he holds the WBC and IBF division titles. This was the third defense of Spence’s IBF title and should set up a unification bout with one of the divisions other belt holders.
In the co-main event former WBC Super Middleweight title holder David Benavidez improved to 21-0 (18) with a two round destruction over world ranked J’Leon Love who now stands at 24-3-1 (13).
Making his US debut former WBC bantamweight title holder Luis Nery improved to 29-0 (23) when he batter former IBF Super Flyweight title holder McJoe Arroyo into submission. The hard hitting Nery dropped Arroyo four times before forcing the former belt holder to stay on his stool for the start of round five. With the loss Arroyo drops to 18-3 (8).
In Undercard action
Heavyweights- Chris Arreola 38-5-1 (33) def. Jean Pierre Augustin 17-1-1 (12) via TKO 3.
Heavyweights- Charles Martin 26-2-1 (23) def. Gregory Corbin 15-1 (9) via DQ 8. LOW BLOWS
Junior Welterweights- Lindolfo Delgado 9-0 (9) def. James Roach 5-2 (5) via KO 1
Bantamweights- Jesse Rodriguez 9-0 (5) def. Rauf Aghayev 26-7 (11) via TKO 3.
Junior Featherweights- Fernando Garcia 12-0 (7) def. Marlon Olea 14-5 (12) via KO 5.
Welterweights- Amon Rashidi 6-0 (4) def. Gabriel Gutierrez 5-8 (3) via TKO 6.
Junior Middleweights- Thomas Hill 8-2 (1) def. Limberth Ponce 17-4 (10) via SD 6.
Bantamweights- Aaron Morales 6-0 (3) def. Fernando Robles 2-1 via UD 6.
Featherweights- Luis Coria 11-2 (6) def. Omar Garcia 6-8 (1) via TKO 2.
Junior Lightweights- Jose Valenzuela 3-0 def. Christian Velez 1-2 (1) via TKO.
Super Middleweights- Burley Brooks 1-0 (1) def. Randy Mast 1-1 via TKO 1.
Cruiserweights- Marsellos Wilder 4-1 (3) def. Mark Sanchez 0-3 via TKO 1.
Cruiserweights- Adrian Taylor 9-1 (4 ) def. William Deets 7-13 (3) via UD 4.
Junior Bantamweights- Robert Rodriguez 3-0 def. Fernando Ibarra 0-1 via UD 4.