In a rare spectacle in boxing, with two undefeated fighters in the absolute prime of their careers facing off in the ring, Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KO) defeated 4-division champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KO) by unanimous decision to retain his IBF welterweight title in front of a home crowd of 47,525 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Spence clearly dominated the fight from beginning to end behind an active jab and body punching that kept Garcia at bay and prevented him from launching any significant offense. There were short moments in which Garcia appeared poised to get in the fight, but none of those moments materialized nor were enough to award him any rounds, in Armchair’s opinion.
The ninth round was especially good for Spence, as he connected multiple clean shots on Garcia and appeared to take absolute control of the fight.
Garcia tried again to get in the fight in the tenth round, but Spence’s firepower was just too much for him to handle.
Spence closed out the show by dominating the championship rounds, putting the finishing touches on what will go down as a master performance in the welterweight division against an elite fighter.
Ringside judges gave the fight scores of 120-107 and 120-108 in favor of Spence, meaning that no judge gave Garcia any round in the fight. Armchair scored the fight 120-108 in favor of Spence.
The future is interesting in the welterweight division, as Spence tightens his grip on the division and tries to take on the biggest names out there.
David Benavidez vs J’Leon Love
David Benavidez (21-0, 18 KO) remained undefeated by knocking out J’Leon Love (24-3-1, 13 KO) at 1:14 of the second round of their super middleweight tilt.
Benavidez rocked Love late in the first round and picked it up right where he left off in the second round. It was clear that Love never recovered from Benavidez’ first round barrage, and fell to a devastating right that prompted referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight at 1:14 of the second round.
Benavidez will surely be looking for a big money fight against any of the big names in the division, like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. He may start charting his path to that lucrative fight by pursuing the vacant WBO title.
Luis Nery vs McJoe Arroyo
Former world champion Luis Nery (29-0, 23 KO), in his United States debut, put on a show by taking apart a game McJoe Arroyo (18-3, 8 KO) by technical knockout at 10 seconds of the fifth round.
This bantamweight division fight featured two southpaws who showed good movement in the first round. Nery was slightly more effective than Arroyo in the opening frame, but it was overall an even round.
But Nery let his hands go starting in the second round, and dropped Arroyo once in that round, once in the third round, and twice in the fourth round, to send Arroyo to his corner all but defeated.
Arroyo’s corner convinced him to allow them to stop the fight, and referee Laurence Cole called the action at 10 seconds of the fifth round, awarding the technical knockout win to Nery.
Chris Arreola vs Jean Pierre Augustin
In a heavyweight bout that opened up the Fox Sports PPV telecast, Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KO) dominated Jean Pierre Augustin (17-1-1, 12 KO) by technical knockout in the third round.
The fight started out sloppy with both fighters trading inaccurate blows in the first round, but it settled into a more serious pace in the second round with both fighters connecting well.
Arreola connected a hard straight early in the third round from which Augustin never recovered. The end came at 2:03 of the third round, after referee Neal Young stopped the fight when Augustin could not answer Arreola’s onslaught.
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