Spence beats Garcia, keeps titles in 1st fight since crash
Errol Spence Jr., poses by trainer Derrick James after defeating Danny Garcia for the WBC IBF welterweight championships in a boxing bout in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)ARLINGTON, Texas – Errol Spence Jr. skipped a tune-up in his first fight since a car crash that almost derailed his promising career. Garcia tried to surge late, landing a right near the end of the 11th round that sent Spence looking for his corner just as the bell sounded with Garcia closing in for more. Spence pinned Garcia on the ropes with a series of blows before Garcia escaped and steadied himself before the end of the round. Spence landed 187 punches, or 26%, to 117 and 17% for Garcia, and had a huge edge on jabs.
Crawford returns to ring in title defense against Brook
What Crawford is still waiting on is the one signature fight that will put an end to all those arguments. Crawford won’t get that Saturday night when he defends his piece of the welterweight title against England’s Kell Brooks. “I’m optimistic that if Terence wins, we can put the fight on and if Terrence doesn’t win and Kell Brook wins, maybe I’ll make Kell Brook with Manny,’’ Arum said. Crawford is a huge favorite in Las Vegas sports books to beat Brook, who is coming down from his recent weight of 154 pounds to challenge Crawford. ``I think Terence knows I’m not an easy fight,’’ Brook said.