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Danny Garcia: Would Pick Brook Over Spence If Not for GGG Fight

By Keith Idec

PHILADELPHIA – Danny Garcia would’ve picked Kell Brook to beat Errol Spence Jr.

After watching Brook absorb a beating against Gennady Golovkin, though, Garcia isn’t so sure. Now the unbeaten WBC world welterweight champion considers Brook-Spence an even encounter either fighter could win.

Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) is expected to make a mandatory defense of his IBF welterweight title against Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) on May 20 or May 27 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown. Philadelphia’s Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) believes his fight against Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) on March 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn will determine boxing’s best welterweight, but he is interested to see who wins Brook-Spence.

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“I think it’s a good matchup,” Garcia said. “I think the timing favors Spence a little bit because Brook just fought Triple-G. All that weight, saying he couldn’t make the weight [147 pounds], to come back down [from 160], we don’t how he’s physically gonna feel. His skills will be there, but when you fight a young, hungry fighter, you’ve gotta make sure you’re on top of your game. But I think it’s a 50-50 fight.”

Garcia would like to see Brook take a lesser fight before accepting another huge challenge in the fight after Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) stopped him in the fifth round September 10 in London. Golovkin broke Brook’s orbital bone around his right eye during that fight and the injury required surgery.

“It’s tough, man, because I think Kell Brook is the more battle-tested fighter,” Garcia said. “He’s the more seasoned fighter. He’s got everything in his home court. Everything’s gonna be to his advantage for this fight.

“But I don’t know if he could make welterweight no more. And I don’t know if the Triple-G fight took a toll on him. Those are the questions. But if that Triple-G fight didn’t happen, or if it went the distance, I would definitely pick him. But right now, I would say it’s 50-50.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 02-18-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;17431471]obviously the eye injury is major concern.if its not at 100 percent it will hurt brook in this fight and in future fights.he is also coming back down in weight after he's been having trouble making 147.I ain't the…

Comment by rogdogx on 02-18-2017

Spence is a young prime lion coming up. I don't think anyone can stop him right now. Brook's experience should help him but I don't know if that eye will hold up. Spence is good enough to get to that…

Comment by Ray* on 02-18-2017

Another thing is he fought at 160 in September and his next fight is at the end of May. Enough time to ease the weight, the weight is a non issue.

Comment by Ray* on 02-18-2017

[QUOTE=SplitSecond;17433655]He has always been a big welterweight but now hes coming from 160 where he put on solid mass. I think its much more likely he shows up weak and lethargic than his eye being the issue, lots of guys…

Comment by SplitSecond on 02-18-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;17433580]Nah the weight shouldn't be a problem, he has always been a big WW. Spence is a southpaw and if that right eye opens after a few rounds then it might be downhill from there.[/QUOTE] He has always been a…

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