Errol Spence Jr. dominates Mikey Garcia for decisive decision victory, retains welterweight title

In the end, it wasn’t so much about the size difference between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia on Saturday in their welterweight title pay-per-view bout as much it was about the skills.

Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) made the fourth defense of his IBF welterweight title with a dominant unanimous decision win in front of 47,525 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that went a long way in building his case among the pound-for-pound best in the sport.

Behind a powerful jab and a clinical effort outboxing the four-division champion Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), who was making the move up from 135 pounds, Spence took home wide scores of 120-107 and 120-108 (twice). CBS Sports also had it 120-108 for the native of nearby Desoto, just outside of Dallas.

How dominant was the 29-year-old Spence in preventing Garcia from ever truly being in the fight? He outlanded Garcia by a margin of 345 to 75, according to CompuBox. Spence also landed 51 percent of his power shots and limited Garcia to just 18.5 percent landed overall.

“From the whole training camp, the experts like Sugar Ray Leonard felt like [Garcia] was too smart and I couldn’t box [with him,]” Spence said. “You saw today I could box and move my head and do all that if I want to.

“The game is to be smart, it’s a sweet science. I had the size advantage and my reach. Why not use my jab and take something away from him that he likes to do which is use his jab too?”

While Spence’s power advantage certainly played a role in disciplining Garcia away from taking reckless chances, it was his mastery of distance behind a four-inch reach advantage that won him the fight.

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Spence vs. Garcia card, results

Errol Spence Jr. (c) def. Mikey Garcia via unanimous decision (120-107, 120-108, 120-108)
David Benavidez def. J’Leon Love via second-round TKO
Luis Nery def. McJoe Arroyo via fourth-round TKO (corner stoppage)
Chris Arreola def. Jean Pierre Augustin via third-round TKO

Spence vs. Garcia scorecard, live coverage

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total

Spence

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

120

Garcia

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

108

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