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  Spence Dominates Garcia

By William Trillo


Welterweights Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KO’s) and Danny Garcia (36-3, 21 KO’s) met in a bout that had the attention of everyone in the boxing world. After an extended layoff due to a much publicized auto accident, Spence was making his return to the ring. Jumping right back into the line of fire, Spence would face the solid former champion Garcia. Could Spence hold his Pound4Pound status? Did that auto wreck take something out of him? Would Garcia be too much of a test? These were questions that would soon be answered.

In the opening round Spence looked as if he had not skipped a beat. Throwing smooth jabs followed by accurate body punches Spence looked comfortable right away. Garcia on the other hand is a notoriously slow starting counter-puncher who tends to hold his punches early in order to discover cracks in his foes armor. As Garcia was about to find out, those cracks were few and far between. Spence was dominant in the early rounds and by the first half of the fight it seemed Spence had things well in hand.

Garcia had a few moments, but with a piston like Spence jab welting up “Swifts” eyes there began to be the look of desperation in the Garcia corner. Whatever the game plan was, Spence had nullified it. With no obvious Plan B in Team Garcia’s pockets, Spence was able to stay in control until the final bell rang after round twelve.

Any questions about whether Spence would or could return to World Class form had been answered. With the other 147 pound Champ Terrance Crawford in attendance it would be nice to think that a title unifying matchup will happen sometime in 2021.

With final scores that read in the favor of Spence, 116-112 x 2 and 117-111, Errol left the building with his WBC & IBF World titles intact.

Featherweight Eduardo Ramirez (24-2-3, 11 KO’s) was surgical with the beating he applied to Miguel Flores (24-4, 12 KO’s) in this battle of Mexican warriors. >From the onset Ramirez was not only quicker to the punch but it was clear he carried more power as well.

In the fifth round Flores came out and walked straight into a right hand from Ramirez that sent him to the canvas. The bloody Flores beat the ten count but with the blood streaming down his face the ref saw fit to bring this one to an end. Time of the stoppage was the 20 second mark of round five.

With the victory Flores grabs the Vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Featherweight Title, but more importantly has made himself the # 1 contender for a shot at a Featherweight world title.

On paper Welterweights Josesito Lopez (38-8, 21 KO’s) and Francisco Santana (25-9-1, 12 KO’s) seemed to be a sure fire war. But a new and improved Josesito Lopez put to rest any thought of that as he systematically broke down Santana over this scheduled ten round attraction.

In the opening round Lopez sent Santana to the deck with a three punch combo that started downstairs and then a right hand to the jaw. The fallen Santana arose and surprisingly hurt Lopez, but that was going to be the last time Francisco did any telling damage.

Over the next eight rounds Lopez worked like a patient assassin who was slowly stalking and damaging his prey. Santana was a tough foe but there was just no way he could overcome the attack of Lopez. Down in round nine Santana survived once again but as he stumbled back to his corner at rounds end one wondered if he would come out for the final round. Being the warrior that he is Santana gave it one more shot but this time Lopez landed a barrage that closed the show. The ref waved this one of at the 1:22 mark of the tenth. It was an impressive victory for Lopez who remains a viable opponent in the 147 pound division.

The six foot six inch Super Welterweight Sebastian Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KO’s) was more than a tall order for Habib Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KO’s), pun intended. Landing lead uppercuts from distance Fundora was a bit more than a problem for Ahmed who just could not find any way to get inside to land any punches of his own. After swarming in and throwing a bevy of unanswered blows Fundora left the ref no choice but to jump in and save Ahmed from further damage. Mark this one down as a stoppage at the 1:30 mark of round two.



 

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