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Spence Jr pounds Garcia to a unanimous decision

‘The Truth’ makes third defence of his IBF world title.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxing

In the sport of boxing there is a saying. That ‘A good big one will beat a good little one’. Last nights fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas certainly gave that saying credence.

Errol Spence Jr retained his IBF world welterweight title with a dominant and punishing display over Mikey Garcia. In doing so Spence handed Garcia his first loss as a professional.

Depending on which side of the fence you sat on. This was either a case of Garcia daring to be great as he attempted to win a world title at a fifth weight. Or, it was Spence taking on a challenge from a world champion who, in his last fight, had campaigned at two weight divisions below. And, for all intents and purposes, should be far too big for his much smaller challenger.

Ultimately, it proved to be the latter as Spence beat Garcia from pillar to post. With every judge giving him every round of the fight with scores of 120-108 twice and 120-107.

Such was the level of the beating that Spence set career high totals of both punches thrown 1,082. And, with punches landed with 345. A sickening 237 of those shots landed were power punches.

'Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn't box as well as him. I showed I can box and I can move my head if I want to,' Spence said. 

'The game is to be smart. It's the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It's a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons.'

Garcia, magnanimous in defeat. Told the crowd how brother, Robert nearly stopped the bout at the end of the ninth round. 

'My brother (trainer Robert Garcia) wanted to maybe stop the fight in the later rounds. He didn't want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off,' Garcia said. 

'I thought I could have landed one good shot to change everything, but I wasn't able to land it.'