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Danny Garcia: The Jab of Errol Spence was the key to the fight

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By Sean Jones: Danny Garcia attributes the powerful jab from IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr as being the key to his win last Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) says Spence’s jab kept him from doing what he wanted to in the fight, and he wishes he’d taken that away.

Late in the fight, Danny was able to get in close and land some huge left hooks and right hands to the head of Spence, but they had no effect on him.

Spence just kept firing back with his power shots, and Danny’s low work rate prevented him from taking over.

In hindsight, Garcia, 32, failed to listen to his dad, Angel Garcia, who wanted him to throw more punches. Instead of doing that, Danny ‘Swift’ stood flat-footed in front of Errol, and put everything he had into his punches.

Image: Danny Garcia: The Jab of Errol Spence was the key to the fight

That would have been fine if Garcia was facing an opponent with a weak chin, who couldn’t handle his power but that wasn’t the case last night.

Danny rates Spence above Porter and Thurman

“I think they’re all on the same level, but I think he’s got a better jab and he’s stronger than all three of them,Danny Garcia said at the post-fight news conference when asked to compare Spence to Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman.

“He’s physically stronger than all three of them, but they have different strengths, but I feel he’s the strongest one out of all three of them,” said Garcia.

It’s pointless for Garcia to be competing Spence with Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman because those guys on the downside of their respective careers.

The one that Garcia should have been making his comparisons with, as far as Spence is concerned, is Terence Crawford.

Spence’s jab helped set up his hard left-hand power shots that he was nailing Garcia with all night long, and it was predictable with the way he firing those shots in unison.

It didn’t matter that Spence was showing tendencies in his game, given that Danny couldn’t keep up with him to match this output.

Image: Danny Garcia: The Jab of Errol Spence was the key to the fight

Garcia: I should have been busier

“The key to the fight was his jab. If I’d taken his jab away a little bit more, I feel like I would have been more successful,” said Garcia.

“That’s pretty much it. That was the key to the fight, his jab. Other than that, I feel like everything else, I knew what he was going to do. We had a great game plan, I should have been busier, and that’s easy to say,” said Garcia

Asking Danny to throw more punches against Spence would have been the equivalent of him changing his DNA to become another person that he’s not.

Garcia wasn’t designed to be a high-output type of fighter, and it’s not part of what has brought him success in the past.

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