IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence came very close to stopping Mikey Garcia, a four division world champion, on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Spence had to go the distance to defend his title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers.
Spence improved to 25-0 after all three judges awarded him every round. One card was 120-107, and the other two were 120-108.
Garcia took a pounding but never went down. He spent the later rounds blocking punches instead of throwing them and was never able to find the opening for a fight-changing response.
"I was able to hold my own," said Garcia. "I felt good and I felt strong myself. I think he felt my power, but he definitely has power also.
"We just went 12-rounds with a great welterweight champion. That's a feat no one has done recently. I'm proud of what I was able to do. I have to go back and think about it. I will probably go back to lighter divisions but we'll have to think about it."
During the tenth round of the bout, Garcia took a real beating and appeared to be on the verge of getting stopped.
When Garcia returned to the corner and his older brother/head trainer, Robert Garcia, wanted to stop the contest. But Mikey convinced him to allow the fight to continue forward.
Garcia had hoped to land a punch that would change the entire tide, but that punch never came.
“My brother wanted to maybe stop the fight in the later rounds. He didn’t want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off,” Garcia said. “I thought I could have landed one good shot to change everything, but I wasn’t able to land it.”