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Mikey Garcia: Spence is Bigger - But Who's Faster? Better Timing?

For the first time in his career, Mikey Garcia is a major underdog in the lead-up to a fight.

On March 16th at AT&T Stadium in Texas, Garcia will move up by two weight division to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, who like Garcia is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Garcia, who holds the WBC lightweight title and captured belts in four divisions, has never fought above the junior welterweight limit.

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Garcia taking proper steps in his camp to put on the right kind of weight, to avoid losing any speed.

While Spence is the bigger man, and likely stronger, Garcia believes that he's got other attributes that will overcome the better favorite.

"The key to my strength training was that we didn't want to lose my speed and explosiveness. I can see now that I'm back in sparring that I still have that speed while also gaining the muscle we had to," Garcia said.
 
"If people say Errol is bigger, that's just obvious. But who's faster? Who has better timing? There's a lot more that goes into this sport and who's going to win this particular fight.
 
"This has been one of the toughest camps I've ever had. We're working on a lot of different methods and techniques to be at our very best. He's going to be bigger than me on fight night, but that's part of the challenge. I've know that since the beginning and that's why we've trained the way we have."

Garcia admits that after watched Spence dominate and stop Lamont Peterson - he immediately put Spence on his target list.
 
"When I saw him fight Lamont Peterson I decided that Errol Spence Jr. was the fight I wanted one day. People tried to talk me out of it, but now they're all on board. People have now started to see what I'm going to be capable of on March 16," Garcia said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Noelanthony on 03-17-2019

[QUOTE=sammybee;19591913]Mikey made it to the final bell so in your eyes he ......[/QUOTE] In my eyes it was a moral victory for him and every round that finished he raised his hand like he was a 5 weight champion. He…

Comment by sammybee on 03-17-2019

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19518218]If he makes it to the final bell that is a win in my eyes. Nothing less than a vicious knockout for Spence. No excuses that is what you get when you fight people 2 divisions lower. He has to…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 03-15-2019

[QUOTE=dwayne3534;19582447]What makes you think Mikey is better than Brook?[/QUOTE] His career next to brook's, but he's way over his head at.147, he's not even a career lightweight, 130 pounds most likely...

Comment by dwayne3534 on 03-14-2019

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;19518362]There is a bigger size difference between Mikey and eroll than btw GGG and brook. Brook had a reach close to GGG's. Mikey started at 126, this is a 5th div for him, he's like what 4 inches shorter at…

Comment by SteveM on 02-18-2019

[QUOTE=SHOOTALLCLOWNS;19519830]its a no win for spence he'll get no credit if he destroys mikey and his stock will drop considerably if he lets mikey go all 12 rounds. if he loses that will be a career changing loss that will…

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