ARLINGTON, TX. (December 6, 2020) - Unified welterweight world champion Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. defeated two-division champion Danny "Swift" Garcia by unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"The moment is surreal," said Spence. "Coming back from the accident, I feel like I looked pretty good tonight. All training camp I felt good. I told people I didn't want a tune-up fight. I proved to everyone that I'm the best 147-pound fighter in the world."
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) retained his WBC and IBF titles with an impressive performance in his hometown that saw him own a 187 to 117 advantage in punches landed, according to CompuBox. Spence controlled much of the action with his jab, landing 84 of them to slowly damage the left eye of his opponent.
"His jab was rangy and threw my timing off a bit," said Garcia. "That was the key to the fight. Everything else I feel like I adapted to. The jab was the only thing that was better than expected."
Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs), known as a supreme counter puncher, picked his spots against the unrelenting attack from Spence, having occasional success with his counter right hook and body shots. However, Spence was the more accurate fighter, connecting on 26% of his shots to 17% for Garcia.
"Danny Garcia pushed me to the limit, especially in training camp," said Spence. "I've watched him fight since he was an amateur. I knew he was a great champion and I had to be 100% ready."
"I was trying to be more active," said Garcia. "He did a good job taking away what I wanted to do. Everyone is looking for my left hook, so I thought my right hand could be the difference. I had some success going to the body with it. When two champions fight, one guy is going to be better on the night."
The two welterweight elites continued to fight hard and throw big punches to the last bell, but it was Spence out landing Garcia in each of the last six rounds. After 12 rounds, the judges scored the fight 117-111 and 116-112 twice, all for Spence.
"I had a little bit of ring rust, but I was in such great shape and took everything seriously in training so that I would not be discouraged by that," said Spence. "I worked my jab and used my angles because that was my best move.
"It's been a long year and a half, so I'm going to wind down for a week or two, then get back on it. I proved that I'm back and I'm here to stay."
In the co-main event, super welterweight sensation Sebastian "The Towering Inferno" Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) delivered a dominating second round TKO of former title challenger Habib Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KOs)in their WBA Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.
Fundora was in control from the outset, stunning Ahmed in the early moments of round one with a left uppercut from his intimidating six-foot six-inch frame. Ahmed was able to make it through a rocky first round, but encountered similar problems in round two.
"We saw him buckle in the first round," said Fundora. "I heard my dad yell from the corner that he was shaken. I knew he couldn't take the power, so I decided to walk right through him."
"He's tall and he's a good boxer," said Ahmed. "I didn't start working fast enough and he started working immediately. That's why he got me with the uppercut in round one. That messed up my rhythm. I was surprised he came out so fast."
Early in the second round, Fundora pushed Ahmed to the ropes and began unloading with power punches, receiving no return fire from Ahmed. In the second round, Fundora managed to land 30 power punches in total before the fight was officially waived off by referee Laurence Cole 1:30 into the round.
"We just fought in an eliminator, so I'm pretty sure I'm high up in the rankings now," said Fundora. "We'll go back and talk about what's next with my team. I may take a week off and enjoy the holidays, then come back strong with whatever is next. I want to fight anyone. The 154-pound division is stacked, so I'll be ready for anyone."