By Mark Eisner: Errol Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) showed tonight that he’s fully recovered from his car crash in defeating Danny Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to retain his IBF/WBC welterweight titles at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Spence was too fast, too big, and too busy for former two-division world champion Danny ‘Swift’ in their main event fight on Fox Sports pay-per-view. Garcia, 32, was too defensive for his own, and he wasn’t able to match Spence’s workout.
The scores were:
Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia live action from their undercard on Fox Sports & FITE TV pay-per-view at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas:
Super middleweight Marco Delgado (7-1, 5 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten prospect Burley Brooks (6-1, 5 KOs) by a six-round split decision. Brooks threw away his chance of winning the fight by losing points for low blows in rounds five and six. The scores were 59-53, 59-53 for Delgado, and 57-55 for Brooks.
Super bantamweight Juan Tapia (10-3, 3 KOs) beat Fernando Garcia (13-3, 8 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision. The scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74.
Lightweight Frank Martin (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped journeyman Tyrone Luckey (12-13-4, 8 KOs) by a fifth-round knockout. Luckey was down four times in the fight. Two times in round two, once in the fourth, and another time in the fifth. The contest was stopped after Martin knocked Luckey down in the fifth.
Welterweight prospect Vito Mielnicki (7-0, 4 KOs) put in a dominant performance in defeating Steven Pulluaim (5-3, 1 KO) by a six-round unanimous decision. The hard-hitting 18-year-old new Jersey native Mielnicki knocked Pulluaim down in the first and second rounds of the contest. From there, the young Mielnicki cruised to an easy six-round decision. The scores were 60-52, 60-52, and 60-52. You’ve got to give Pulluaim credit for going the distance, as things looked bleak for him after the first two rounds of the fight.
Eduardo Ramirez (24-2-3, 11 KOs) scored a devastating fifth-round knockout of Miguel Flores (24-4, 12 KOs) in a WBA featherweight title eliminator. Ramirez tagged Flores with a peach of a right hand to the head that rearranged his jaw, sending him down on the canvas. The fight was then halted. Flores came into the fight having been beaten by Leo Santa Cruz last year in November.
Featherweight Isaac Avelar (17-2, 10 KOs) defeated Sakaria Lukas (23-1, 16 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision. The scores were 98-92, 98-92, and 98-92.
Welterweight Josesito Lopez (38-8, 21 KOs) kept his career alive with a 10th round knockout against journeyman Francisco Santana (25-9-1, 12 KOs). Lopez, 36, dropped Santana three times in the fight in putting him down in round one, nine, and ten. The fight should have arguably been stopped in the ninth after Josesito flattened the 34-year-old Santana with a booming hook to the head. Somehow, Santana got back up and made it out of the round, but the referee did him no favors by not halting it. When Santana walked back to his corner, he resembled a drunken sailor on Saturday night. His legs were gone, and he even looked wobbly sitting down. Shockingly, Santana’s corner let him come out for the tenth round, and it wasn’t long before he was knocked down by Lopez. After Santana got back up, Josesito landed a few more shots before the referee Neal Young stopped the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:22 of round ten. The win for Lopez was his second consecutive since losing to Keith Thurman in January of 2019. Lopez gave Thurman all he could handle last year and even had him hurt at one point in the fight. Josesito still has a lot left in the tank, as he showed tonight against Santana. If Santana had better speed, he would have given Lopez a run for his money, but he was too slow.
Junior middleweight contender Sebastian ‘Towering Inferno’ Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) made easy work of replacement opponent Habib Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KOs) in knocking him out in the second round. The lanky 6/5 1/2″ Fundora hurt Ahmed with a hook in the second and then unloaded on him with everything but the kitchen sink while he was trapped against the ropes. Referee Lawrence Cole then stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:30 of round two. It was a good performance from Fundora, but it didn’t tell us what he’s capable of doing against better opposition. Ahmed was too poor to give an indication of how good he is.
IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) is coming off a 15-month layoff since his 12 round split decision victory over Shawn Porter in September 2019. Spence, 30, would have returned earlier this year in January if not for a car crash on October 10th last year in Dallas, Texas.
No tune-ups for Spence
Many boxing fans have second-guessed Errol and his team for his decision to go straight into a title defense against the dangerous former two-division world champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia rather than taking a much-needed tune-up fight to get his bearings.
We don’t know how Spence will be able to handle getting hit with headshots after what he went through in being ejected from his Ferrari Spyder in his terrifying car crash. Spence flew through the windshield of his Ferrari as it tumbled three times.
Somehow, Spence landed on the pavement without breaking any bones during the crash. Errol’s car was smashed beyond recognition, and it’s likely that if he had remained seat-belted into the vehicle, he might have been seriously injured.
Spence took a long time to recover from the injuries that occurred in the crash, and he gained a lot of weight while he was healing. The weight needed to be taken off before he could finally return.
Spence’s weight proved to be almost difficult for him to come back from than his injuries, as he looked like an out of shape cruiserweight by the time he started training.
Instead of fighting Spence, Garcia, 32, returned to the ring on January 25th in beating Ivan Redkach by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia took a lot of heat for his failure to stop Redkach, who was there to be stopped if Danny had thrown more punches.