Tim Bradley: Danny Garcia is ‘Tailormade’ for Errol Spence
By Barry Holbrook: Tim Bradley gives Danny Garcia no chance of defeating Errol Spence Jr in their contest next month on December 5th on Fox Sports pay-per-view. Spence-Garcia will be taking place in front of a limited size crowd at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The former two-division world champion Bradley says Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) is “tailormade” for IBF/WBC welterweight champion (26-0, 21 KOs), and he sees him having no luck attempting to land his left hook, his bread & butter punch.
For the former two-division world champion Danny ‘Swift’ to have a shot at beating Spence, 30, he’s got to catch him with his powerful left hook to knock him out.
Spence’s car crash from last year could make him susceptible to Garcia’s power, but he’s not going to be easy to hit with that shot.
According to ESPN commentator Bradley, Spence will negate Danny’s left hook by keeping him on the outside and hitting him with jabs the entire fight.
Bradley points out that Mauricio Herrera neutralized Garcia’s powerful left hook by jabbing all night when the two fought in 2014. Herrera still lost a 12 round majority decision, but it was controversial.
Bradley insists Spence will control Garcia
“Yeah, to me, Garcia is tailormade for him,” said Bradley about Danny Garcia being made to order for Spence. “You think Spence is going to run into that?” Bradley said after imitating Danny throwing a wild left hook.
“Man, stop. He [Garcia] do got timing, but he ain’t going to land that. He ain’t landing that against Errol Spence. Errol Spence is too smooth for that. It’s not going to happen.
“Garcia is going to have a hard time getting past the jab. He eats jabs. Remember Mauricio Herrera landing a jab on him from the outside, sticking him, keeping him on the outside, and containing him?
“That’s what’s going to happen. Spence is going to control him all night, beat him on the outside. You’re going to get the real from me. I’m going to be straight up with you,” said Bradley.
Spence won’t keep from getting hit Danny for the entire fight, as he’s not a defensive specialist. Garcia will get in punching range many times in this fight, and he’s going to unload on Errol with his left hook and his powerful straight right.
Danny has two punches that he’s capable of knocking out Spence with on December 5th, and he’s going to have to watch out for both. It’s going to be interesting to see how Spence reacts to getting hit by Danny, considering that he’s been through an ordeal with his car accident.
Spence’s Ferrari Spyder was smashed to bits in the high-speed crash, and it’s a miracle that he survived. It’s almost too much to hope for to believe that Spence will be the same fighter that he was before the accident.
Danny Garcia 100% confident of victory
“This is my chance to become champion again,” said Danny Garcia. “Even though I feel like I won those fights [against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter], I know what I did in those fights wrong.
“I made them too close. I know what I got to do. On December 5th, you’re going to see two champions going at it for the King of the welterweight division. I’m definitely 100% confident that I will be victorious.
“And I’m going to be ready for 12 rounds, but if he gets greedy and tries to come after me, that big punch will knock him out. I’m going to make sure I don’t make it close and just be dominant.
“Give him vintage Danny Garcia. I just think of Errol Spence as another person in front of me that I have to defeat to become king again. That’s why I look at him as another person,” said Danny.
Garcia and his dad Angel Garcia sees vulnerability in Spence that they’re going to exploit in this fight, and you can believe that they’ll be focusing on headshots.
Spence’s car crash and the huge amount of punishment he took in his previous fight against Shawn Porter gives Danny a real shot at winning.
Against Porter, Spence foolishly chose to fight on the inside all night in brawling for 12 rounds last year in September. Spence barely got the 12 round decision win, but it came at a huge cost with him taking godawful punishment from Porter.
Spence probably won’t try and fight that way against Danny, but it might not matter.
Danny will get to pence whether he likes it or not, and if his ability to take a punch has been compromised, he’s going to get taken out.
Errol has been given a second chance
“Just to get back to where I was has taken a lot. Even to be here took a miracle,” said Spence in reflecting on his car crash.
“I feel like I’m 100%. I’ve had a long time to heal my body back, and I won’t let my second chance go to waste,” Errol Spence said.
Spence has got a second chance, but it might be too late as far as his boxing career goes. To survive the kind of accident that Spence was in is admirable, but it’s asking too much to think that he can be the same as he was pre-accident.
Even a vintage Spence would have his hands full against Garcia, as he wasn’t that far ahead of him talent-wise. But if you knockout off 30 to 40% of what Spence was before and put him in with Danny, it could be a disaster.
It’s unfortunate for Danny Garcia that probably won’t receive credit for beating Spence in this fight, seeing that fans will view it under the lens of Errol not being the same guy.
Many boxing fans don’t believe Spence may ever be the same. Obviously, his Ferrari will never be the same, and that could be the case for him as well. The real question is, can Spence at 70 to 80% beat Danny Garcia on December 5th?
If Spence wins this fight and looks good, he’ll be back to where he was before in the eyes of fans. However, it’s not going to be easy. Danny is going to be coming to knock him out, and he’s going to be looking to put a hurting on Errol.
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