Errol Spence Jr defends his IBF welterweight title tonight against Mikey Garcia, headlining a PBC FOX pay-per-view from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Live coverage begins at 8 pm ET on FS1, and continues at 9 pm ET on pay-per-view.
Spence (24-0, 21 KO) is looking to make the third defense of the belt that he won from Kell Brook in 2017, having rather easily beaten Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo in 2018. Garcia (39-0, 30 KO) is a highly talented four-division champion, winning belts at 126, 130, 135, and 140, but there are concerns about how he’ll handle the weight at 147.
The PPV undercard will also feature a super middleweight fight between David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KO) and J’Leon Love (24-2-1, 13 KO); a bantamweight bout between Luis Nery (28-0, 22 KO) and McJoe Arroyo (18-2, 8 KO); and a heavyweight clash between Chris Arreola (37-5-1, 32 KO) and Jean Pierre Augustin (17-0-1, 12 KO). All of those fights are set for 10 rounds.
The FS1 portion of the show will see former heavyweight titleholder Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO) and Gregory Corbin (15-0, 9 KO). That fight is also set for 10 rounds.
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- ERROL SPENCE JR. def. MIKEY GARCIA by UD (120-107, 120-108, 120-108)
- DAVID BENAVIDEZ def. J’LEON LOVE by TKO (1:14 of Round 2)
- LUIS NERY def. McJOE ARROYO by TKO (0:10 of Round 5)
- CHRIS ARREOLA def. JEAN PIERRE AUGUSTIN by TKO (2:03 of Round 3)
ROUND BY ROUND
ERROL SPENCE JR. vs MIKEY GARCIA
Round 1: Spence comes out with two jabs that Garcia parries. Spence tries a straight left hand that falls short. Spence comes forward and touches Garcia’s glove again with a jab. Garcia feeling out Spence’s punches and hasn’t thrown any of his own yet. Now Garcia lands a jab butt takes a hard body shot from Spence in return. Three jabs come from Spence but none land clean. Garcia comes up short with a jab, then Spence takes the chance to land a counter to the body. Garcia misses on a shot to the body to end the first round. Spence 10-9.
Round 2: Both fighters come to center ring and paw with their jabs. Spence falls short on a left hand lead. Left hand scores for Spence this time to the body, then he lands a left upstairs. Another left lands to the body for Spence. It’s been a technical fight so far but Spence is able to touch Garcia more so far. Now Garcia throws a few punches but Spence is able to defend them. Spence lands a right jab. Garcia misses on a left hook to the body. Spence 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Spence lands a straight left to the body following a jab. Another left lands to the body for Spence at center ring. Spence continues to score with the left hand to the body at will. Spence tries to land the left hand upstairs and misses, but brings it right back down to the body and lands again. Now Spence partially lands a left hook to the head. Right hand from Garcia makes a little contact but Spence catches him back with a solid hook. Spence is landing some harder shots on Garcia now, and more frequently. Jab lands for Spence, then another left downstairs. Spence 10-9.
Round 4: Spence comes to center ring and pumps a few jabs. Spence tries two more left hooks and makes some contact. Now Spence lands a clean straight left to the head. Garcia tries to land a check hook but Spence attacks back with a few shots that tag Garcia. Garcia lands a touching left to the body. Spence comes back in and throws an overhand left that is landing on Garcia. Spence tries a left to th body and misses, then lands two lefts to the head. Spence is feeling good in there now. Spence 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Garcia’s face showed some abrasions on it between rounds. Spence comes out and Garcia goes on the attack, throwing hooks and taking it to the trenches. Garcia is trying to make this more og a dogfight and Spence looks like he’s willing to comply. Spence misses on a big left hook. Two jabs land for Spence, then a left hand upstairs. Spence lands another left hook to the head, then a straight left to the body. Spence is showing that he can really box with Garcia, not just outpunch him. Spence stalks Garcia and lands a solid left hand to the face. Another straight left lands upstairs for Spence. Garcia needs to tighten up the defense by using more head movement. Spence is complete control to this point. Spence 10-9.
Round 6: Spence comes to center ring and throws a jab to establish the range. Spence presses forward a little more and lands another straight left to the head. Garcia attacks abck with a right hand but he can’t match Spence’s power. Spence lands another jab and then two wicked hooks to the body. Jab to the body lands for Spence. Spence stabs the body with another straight left. Spence is landing at a rate that Garcia won’t be able to sustain. Garcia tries to throw a couple punches but he can’t make any real impression on Spence. Straight left to the body lands again for Spence. Spence has largely been picking Garcia off from the outside, not physically bullying him. Spence 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Spence jabs a couple times at center ring, then puts in the straight left to the body. Straight left lands upstairs for Spence this time. Hard left uppercut lands to the body for Spence, who continues to box a beautiful fight against one of the most technically proficient fighters of this era. Garcia tries a couple of jabs but doesn’t make any real contact. Spence lands another left to the body, then turns in a left hook to the head. Spence lands a counter left to end the round and Garcia pumps his fist to the crowd. Why? I don’t know. Spence 10-9.
Round 8: Spence jabs three times and pierces Garcia’s guard. Spence lands another lef to the body, then another. He hasn’t misses with that punch tonight it seems. Two jabs land for Spence, then Spence throws another combination as Garcia covers up. Left hand partially lands to the head of Garcia. Garcia misses on an overhand right. Two more jabs land for Spence who starts teeing off on Garcia. Another left lands right to the body of Garcia. Garcia looks like he’s bleeding a little. Spence 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Spence’s trainer tells him to start walking Garcia down in between rounds. Spence comes forward and backs Garcia to the ropes. Garcia tries to circle the outside knowing Spence is looking for the kill now. Body shots land for Spence as he’s coming right after Garcia now. Solid left to the body land on the inside for Spence. Garcia is taking some punishment and his corner should start getting a little anxious. Jab lands for Spence, then two body shots. Spence lights Garcia up with a few more punches! Garcia is taking a beating now! Spence whacks Garcia around with a few shots and Garcia is hanging in the bravely — maybe too bravely. Straight left hand lands for Spence. Garcia tries to right hands but Spence defends them easily. Spence 10-9.
Round 10: Spence starts off with a jab. Spence walks Garcia back with a couple more jabs and then goes to the body. Right hook lands for Spence. Another solid right hook lands to the head of Garcia at close range. Spence continues to strafe Garcia with shots that are soaking in on Garcia. Spence throws a three punch combination, ending to the body. Garcia throws a right hand that barely tickles Spence. Spence comes back and touches Garcia to the body with a jab. Right hook lands clean for Spence to the body. Left hand lands clean for Spence, who then throws a right hook. This is probably a good place for Mikey to respectfully bow out of this fight. Spence 10-9, 100-90.
Round 11: Spence comes out, throws a jab, then presses Garcia back to the ropes. Right hook lands for Spence, who then lands several hard shots that hunch Garcia over! Garcia is taking a lot of punishment to the body and Spence is just getting more aggressive. Straight left to the body lands again for Spence, then two more, then adds some hooks upstairs. Garcia can only keep his gloves up tight, trying to weather the storm. Garcia throws a rare punch with convition and Spence just steps out of range. Spence comes back in and works the body with hooks to both sides. Hard right hook lands to the body for Spence. Spence 10-9.
Round 12: Spence comes out leading with the jab again, trying to back Garcia up. Garcia pokes with a right hand and then circles right into a left hand from Spece. Spence lands another hook to the body on the inside. Jab lands clean to the head of Garcia. Spence walks forward and lands another left hand, then a right hook. Counter left lands for Spence, then a straight left, then a right hook to the body. More hooks come for Spence and Garcia is just hiding behind a tight guard. Spence 10-9. I’ve got it a dominant shutout for Spence, 120-108.
DAVID BENAVIDEZ vs J’LEON LOVE
Round 1: Love comes out and jabs to the body but eats a stiff punch back. Love continues to attack as he comes forward as the aggressor. Hard shot from Benavidez looks like it gets Love’s strict attention. Love throws two to the body and then a third, then pops a jab upstairs for a nice sequence. Jab lands for for Love but a Benavidez left hook staggers Love! Right hand lands upstairs and hurts Love again! Love stabs to the body with a right hand but then takes a shot from Benavidez that hurts Love. Love is fighting hard but he clearly can’t afford to trade with Benavidez. Benavidez 10-9.
Round 2: Love starts the round with a couple of jabs that don’t land clean. Benavidez stalks forward and lands a right ahnd lead, then flurries once he gets Love in the corner. Right hand lead lands for Benavidez, then another hard right that hurts Love bad! Referee has seen enough! It’s over. Benavidez TKO-2.
LUIS NERY vs McJOE ARROYO
Round 1: Arroyo starts with a jab that doesn’t find the target. Now Nery lands a jab at center ring. Nery misses on a long left hand. Nery steps forward and lands another jab. Arroyo lands a jab to the body but Nery jumps on Arroyo and strafes him with a five-punch combination. Nert steps forward and lands a left hand to the body. Nery continues to walk forward aggressively and lands another shot to the body. Nery lands a combination with Arroyo back on the rope and then another flurry short after. Nery 10-9.
Round 2: Arroyo lands a right hand to open the round. Nery starts stalking again and looks to land a big left hand but misse. Two hooks to the body lands for Nery, then a hook that knocks Arroyo off balance. Nery doesn’t seemed to be concerned with Arroyo’s power so just wants to step in and let his hands fly. Upperut from Nery puts Arroyo down! Arroyo gets up and there’s still 30 seconds left in the round. Nery steps in with another flurry of punches that nearly puts Arroyo right back down. Uppercut lands for Nery again before the bell rings. Nery 10-8, 20-17.
Round 3: Both fighters jockey for position with their jabs. Nery lands another sneaky left uppercut clean on Arroyo. Two hooks to the body land for Nery as he walks forward and lands a follow-up one-two. Arroyo is bleeding from his nose now. Left hand to the body lands for Nery. Counter left lands for Nery who steps forward and lands another combination that puts Arroyo back on the canvas. Arroyo gets up again and will continue. Nery looks to close the show but can’t land another good shot before the bell rings. Nery 10-8.
Round 4: Nery lands a counter jab but Arroyo gets in a jab of his own to the body. Nery presses forward and lands a stiff jab. Two more hooks land to the body for Nery with Arroyo on the ropes. Three punch combination comes from Nery who continues to have Arroyo on the defensive. Hard lefy hand lands upstairs for Nery. Arroyo throws three punches and lands one. Another flurry from Nery puts Arroyo down along the ropes again. Arroyo geets back up only to take another flurry from Nery on the other side of the ring and goes down again. Nery 10-7, 40-32.
Arroyo’s corner stops the to start the fifth round. Nery TKO-5.
CHRIS ARREOLA vs JEAN PIERRE AUGUSTIN
Round 1: Augustin throws a jab that misses from a distance. Straight left hand lands this time for Augustin, following a jab. Augustin lands another jab as he circles the outside of the ring. Short uppercut lands for Augustin and Arreola misses with a counter and falls off balance. Augustin holds and wrestles with Arreola. Now Arreola lands a hard jab that backs Augustin up. Left uppercut lands for Augustin who then gets pushed down to the canvas. Straight left lands again for Augustin. Augustin 10-9.
Round 2: Augustin leads with two jabs that don’t make much contact. Left from Arreola knocks Augustin back. Augustin is landing shots but he just can’t make a dent in Arreola. Arreola walks into a jab as he looks to get in close range. Arreola continues to come forward and gets clipped by another shot that he takes effortlessly. Augustin is landing with much better precision, and more often, but he can’t hurt Arreola it seems. I still he’s won the round. Augustin 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Hard left from Arreola staggers Augustin badly right out the gate! Augustin nearly went down but managed to catch himself, he still has wobbly legs. Arreola nearly pushes Augustin over the ropes and gets a hard warning from the referee. Savage combination from Arreola puts Augustin down hard. He looks like he’s in bad shape. He gets up and is going to continue. Arrela comes forward and lands a flurry of punches that rock Augustin’s head every which way from Sunday. The referee steps in to stop the fight. Arreola TKO-3.