Spence: 'I Have No Idea' if Garcia Would Fight Me Next; Ask Him!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Errol Spence Jr. would welcome a fight against Danny Garcia next.

Whether Garcia would even consider it is another matter altogether.

“I don’t know,” Spence told “That’s something you’d have to ask him. I have no idea.”


Spence expects Garcia to beat Brandon Rios when they fight February 17 in Las Vegas. Since Garcia will box just four weeks after Spence’s eighth-round technical knockout victory over Lamont Peterson at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the former WBC champ would at least be on a similar schedule as the IBF welterweight champ.

Keith Thurman, who defeated by Garcia by split decision March 4 at Barclays Center, is the opponent Spence really wants. Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), won’t fight Spence next, though, because he’ll face Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) in April and has said he doesn’t think he and Spence will square off until sometime in 2019.

Garcia told recently that he would prefer to fight just twice this year. That could eliminate him as an option to fight Spence when Spence returns either in May or June.

But assuming Garcia defeats Rios, who’s a big underdog, Spence would “consider” fighting Garcia next “if he’s available.”

Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) discussed during the post-fight press conference early Sunday morning that he was conscious of beating Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) much more impressively than Garcia did in April 2015.

Garcia’s 12-round, majority-decision defeat of Peterson at Barclays Center was considered controversial. Spence overpowered Peterson, dropped him in the fifth round, broke down the former two-division champion and stopped him at the start of the eighth round.

“I think about that,” Spence said. “I seen the Danny Garcia and Lamont fight. I seen it was a close fight. It could’ve went either way, so I wanted to make it look easier than that fight and I wanted to put on a better performance than Danny did.”

Spence thinks Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) will put on a good performance against Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), yet anticipates a more competitive fight than most people.

“I think it’ll be a good fight,” Spence said. “Brandon Rios looks like he’s in shape. It looks like he’s down in weight and he’s taking it seriously. Danny Garcia’s not really a boxer. He’s not a guy who moves around the ring. He’s a guy that sits there and counter-punches, so I think it’ll be a good fight if Danny doesn’t catch him with one of those no-look left hooks that he catches people with and knocks him out. So I think it’ll be a good fight while it lasts. I think it’ll be way better than people expect.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mzembe on 01-25-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;18430587]You gave examples but I never said that about any of those fights so all those examples are irrelevant to me. I’m talking about one fight in particular. I know he lost you keep mentioning it like it’s supposed to…

Comment by MannyQuacioau on 01-23-2018

Spence is a big boy picking on Blown up Jr. Welterweights!! I’d personally love to see Canelo (would KO Spence) take on Spence instead of Spence killing himself to make Welterweight!!! Spence is to good for 147 just a division…

Comment by Fabes88 on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Mzembe;18430296]----------------------------- Garcia is garbage just like Khan so that covers the pure horse BS of "I seem to be a Garcia fan". I hope that is as clear as day light that I don't care for Garcia. More important, I…

Comment by Mzembe on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18427422]Not the Would of/ Could of/ Should of BS!!! I would/could/should be able to predict every win in 2018 in ANY sport!!! Just NAME it??? Bet you any amount of $$$$ And on Jan 1st, 2019 Ill give you all…

Comment by Mzembe on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;18427408]Khan was comfortably out boxing him and objectively speaking I do think he would’ve won the fight had he not got caught. I’m not a fan of either fighter in particular you seem to be a Garcia fan judging from…

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