Garcia: I've got the speed, intelligence, experience to beat Spence

By Elisinio Castillo

WBC, IBF lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is already gearing up and focused on a potential showdown with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence at year's end.

Garcia - who captured world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 - is eager to win a fifth divisional title - against Spence (24-0, 21 KOs).

"I've always been looking for bigger fights, bigger challenges. The goal is to win another world title in another division, and it doesn't get any better than doing it against the best, against the most feared champion. I hope it's something that can finalized before the end of the year," Garcia told George Ebro.


Garcia, although grabbing solid wins over Adrien Broner and Sergey Lipinets at junior welterweight, said he felt small at 140-pounds and moved back to 135. 

Still, he's confident that his physical attributes will help him defeat Spence.

"Going up to a new division is never easy. I began at featherweight at 126, and making the jump to 147 is huge. My dad and my brother do not agree [with me going to 147], but I know that I have the qualities [necessary to win]: speed, intelligence, legs, experience. I think that I can beat him.

"Gaining the power is essential, knowing how to eat, and in the gym we always work strong. If I'm going to gain weight, I don't want to do it by being fat,. I want to do it with power - but at the same time I want to feel fast. I ultimately always win with intelligence.

"There are people who will always have their opinions. And there is nothing wrong with that. I'm just doing what I can to leave a legacy, to cement my footprint, so I'm facing undefeated champion such as Zlaticanin, Lipinets and Easter Jr. Now I'm going through the room. No one else is currently doing what I'm doing."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kannabis Kid on 08-08-2018

People forget Robert Guerrero jumped from 135 to 147 with only 1 fight in between against Casamayor at 140 and still did relatively well. He was in competitive fights with Thurman who is a big 147 just like Spence fought…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 08-04-2018

[QUOTE=Martin.84;18992510]Show everyone where Spence called Mikey out. Smh. Hint: you won’t find it. Mikey called Spence out. Now run along casual.[/QUOTE] Good post. Green K.

Comment by mathed on 08-04-2018

If Garcia beat Spence, this site would shut down for about a week

Comment by TonyGe on 08-04-2018

[QUOTE=boliodogs;18993197]I think Spence is bigger, faster, tougher, much harder punching and takes a punch much better than Mikey. Spence is a superior body puncher and he throws and lands many more punches per round than Mikey. I think Spence is…

Comment by markther on 08-04-2018

[QUOTE=sterilizer;18994414]Can't understand how such an ignorant person like you can have nine thumbs up as reputation. ridiculous! This is what our world is coming to, lots of ignorant full of hate people applauding each other. SAD. DEPRESSING. 1) It is…

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