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Arum: Spence Overpowers Garcia, Who May Not Return To 135

By Radio Rahim

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is fully backing IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence to retain his world title on Saturday night.

Spence will defend his welterweight title against four division champion Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Garcia holds the WBC world title at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds. He's moving up by two weight divisions to challenge Spence for his belt.

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Arum, who used to promote Garcia for several years before they had a falling out, views Spence as being too big and too strong.

"I don't expect Mikey to beat Spence. I think he's a good fighter, Mikey is. But, you know, he doesn't have anything to hurt Spence with. Spence is too big for him and will overpower him," Arum told BoxingScene.com.

The fight Arum wants to make, more than anything, is a showdown between Garcia and WBA, WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.

But, Arum doubts Garcia will be able to return to the lightweight division - win or lose on Saturday night.

Garcia has captured world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight.

For the contest with Spence, Garcia hooked up with Victor Conte of SNAC and bulked up with some added mass.

Garcia may drop down to 140, but Arum has some concern about his ability to fully drop back to 135. 

"Mikey is a very, very good fighter and a fight with Lomachenko would be ideal," Arum said.

"However, once a guy goes up two divisions - it becomes very, very difficult physically for him to get down... back to 135. I'm not sure that he can do it. We would have to talk to Robert Garcia, his brother, who is an astute boxing guy.   We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but Lomachenko always wanted Mikey Garcia. The question is, will Garcia be able to make 135."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Murderopolis on 03-13-2019

Conte Mikey is apparently a straight killer. I think people might be shocked. The Mexican media is saying Mikey has become a wrecking ball of pure rage.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-13-2019

[QUOTE=greeneye99;19576595]Bruh Mikey still fights at 135 He moved up 2 weight classes for Spence[/QUOTE]Mikey fought Broner and Lipinets @ 140, then went back 135 for Easter Jr., and now he's going to 147! I think 135 is too small for…

Comment by .WesternChamp. on 03-12-2019

[QUOTE=SHOOTALLCLOWNS;19576733]mikey has always looked kind of flabby I've never seen him look ripped nor is he thick. got to see what mikey looks come fight night.[/QUOTE] this is the most ripped he's ever been imo. not really ripped, but you…

Comment by archiemoore1 on 03-12-2019

My heart is with mikey, and while a lot has been made of his intense training regimen, does anyone doubt how hard spence has trained for this fight? Not only that, but what is an extra-motivated, extra well- trained errol…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 03-12-2019

Can't argue with him. Mikey was always a big 135, and now that he bulked up for this 147 bout, it will be even harder for him to get back to 135, and if he does I doubt he will…

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