Danny Garcia believed before Errol Spence Jr.’s car accident that he would’ve defeated the unbeaten IBF/WBC welterweight champion.
The former WBC champ suspects Spence will be his usual formidable self when they fight November 21, but Garcia is as sure as ever that he’ll upset Spence. Garcia discussed their FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event with Showtime’s Brian Custer during his most recent episode of “The Last Stand Podcast.”
“Even before the accident,” Garcia said, “I felt like, you know, the things I seen in the Mikey Garcia fight and the Porter fight, I felt like, you know, his style was great for my style. And before anything, I felt like I could take him. But I definitely feel like it’s the right time. It’s Danny Garcia time, basically.
“It’s time for me to go up there and take what’s mine, because I am the true WBC champion. I’m the true WBC champion at 140 and 147. You know, I had a six- or seven-year reign at that. You know, I took a little break. But now it’s time to come back and take what’s mine.”
The 30-year-old Spence, of DeSoto, Texas, hasn’t boxed since he edged Shawn Porter by split decision in their 12-round, 147-pound title unification fight last September 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Spence expressed to Custer and others in recent months that he has fully recovered from the dental damage, cuts and bruises suffered during a one-car accident October 10 in Dallas that resulted in Spence being charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.
Regardless, a re-energized Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) expects to become the first fighter to defeat Spence (26-0, 21 KOs).
“Who wants it more, you know?,” Garcia said of what will separate him from Spence. “I know he’s not – he don’t have more skills than me. He don’t have more power than me. You know, I’ve done faced them all. I’m battle-tested. I’ve been cut. I’ve bled. I’ve been in wars. So, it’s all about who wants it more.
“You know, I feel like I’m the better fighter than him, and I’ve just gotta go in there and prove it. As long as I’m hungry and I want it, I really feel like no one can beat me. My only two losses were close losses, but I just didn’t give it that extra push inside the ring and outside the ring.”
Philadelphia’s Garcia, 32, has lost only a split decision to Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) and a close unanimous decision to Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs). He easily defeated Ukraine’s Ivan Redkach (23-5-1, 18 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision in his last fight, a 12-rounder January 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.