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Spence-Garcia Key To Welterweight Division Future

Last week, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia was signed and sealed. Hopefully, it will be delivered on its scheduled date of November 21. Of course, nothing should be taken for granted in this Covid world right now, but everyone’s hoping for November 21.

“Done deal the KING of the division [is] BACK,” Spence said via his verified Twitter account.

“HERE WE GO! @ErrolSpenceJr Spence on Nov. 21. Signed! Sealed! Delivered! My 10th world title fight it’s time to crown the king again,” Garcia also tweeted.

This will be Spence’s first fight back after an ugly car wreck last September. The reigning IBF and WBC welterweight champ will be entering the ring after 14 months of inactivity. It was a layoff where much of the time was spent recovering from injuries sustained in the crash. Much of it was also spent outside of any serious gym training.

Garcia, meanwhile, was last in action January 25 when he beat Ivan Redkach in a WBC eliminator to get this upcoming title shot.

While Spence is still regarded as the no. 1 welterweight in the world by many, there are a lot of question marks coming into this Garcia bout. There are questions about his degree of “fight-readiness.” There are also questions about his mental preparedness and overall health. The former two-division world champ, Garcia, is no soft touch and would give a 100% healthy Spence a tough time. So, what if Spence is not 100%? It’s a question many observers are asking.

“Errol has stated that he’s fine; he’s training, and nothing is really wrong with him,” WBO welterweight champ and chief divisional rival Terence Crawford told ESPN. “He’s preparing himself for Danny Garcia. So after this fight, we’re all going to get a glimpse of how he’s going to react coming off of that magnitude…And being that he’s taking on a tough opponent in Danny Garcia because Danny is by far no walk in the park for anybody. So we’re all going to get our answers from fight night with him, and Danny share the ring together.”

How Spence-Garcia plays out will be of tremendous importance to the 147 lb. division.

If Garcia manages to win, the entire dynamic of the division changes. Crawford would probably assume the consensus no. 1 spot and Garcia would nudge his way up to no. 2 from the no. 5 or 6 where he currently resides. A case could be made, though, for him deserving the top slot.

Everything else would then shift at 147. Talk of Spence-Crawford would disappear. Crawford would angle towards trying to make a Garcia fight. And Manny Pacquiao, who sits among the top 3 of the division, would probably gravitate towards Garcia as well, when/if he resumes his career.

Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia may not be THE fight at welterweight. It will be, however, a really good tussle and the most important fight this year in the division. Now, we just have to wait and see if it doesn’t get derailed on the long road to November 21.

Paul Magno
Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]
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