Joe Cortez Believes Spence vs. Garcia Will Be a Good Fight

By Ryan Burton

Four-division champion Mikey Garcia (39-0) has won titles from the featherweight division up to the super lightweight division.  For his next challenge, the California native would like to move up to 147 pounds and face IBF welterweight kingpin Errol Spence (24-0).

After his dominant victory over Robert Easter Jr. in July to unify titles at 135 pounds, Garcia said, "I don't know if there is anyone that is a bigger challenge than Errol Spence. I know he's up to fight everyone so let's make it happen. I think it can be made. I think that's the next big fight coming up."

There are ongoing discussions to make the fight happen either in late 2018 or the first quarter of 2019.


Garcia will face a serious size disadvantage and will be a big underdog in the fight if it comes to fruition.

Garcia has captured world title at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight. Spence has been on a furious streak as of late, with a stoppage last year of Kell Brook to capture the IBF title in Sheffield, then a battering of Lamont Peterson earlier this year in Brooklyn, and then a first round knockout victory of mandatory challenger Carlo Ocampo back in June in Texas.

Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez recognizes the difference in size but believes that it will still be a good fight.

"I think it is good. Mikey Garcia has proven himself. He has been undisputed world champion in [four] different weight classes. He is going to go down in history as one of the better fighters. He is still young and has a lot of talent. I think Mikey has a long ways to go in boxing and I think he will do very well,"  Cortez told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 09-04-2018

What true fan of boxing cares WHAT Cortez thinks? He was obviously bought and paid for in a bunch of fights, especially Floydie's. What a joke, asking a corrupt ref for his opinion. Boxing Scene can't be that hard up…

Comment by JWHardin on 09-04-2018

According to his trainer and brother this fight will happen. Mikey did well sparring the bigger and stronger Maidana, so he knows his limitations. He probably has a skill edge over Spence, and definite experience edge. Great fight for the…

Comment by sammybee on 09-04-2018

Spence will be too much for Mikey

Comment by T.M.T on 09-04-2018

it'll be a good fight until the second round. no doubt that mickey gets in there but he will lose badly.

Comment by komandante on 09-04-2018

I go for Mickey Garcia:boxing:

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