Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia has a new date, a new location, and a supporting cast. The WBC/IBF welterweight title fight will now headline a December 5th FOX pay-per-view in Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium “with fans in attendance.”
The fight was originally scheduled for November 21st.
Spence (26-0, 21 KO) will be making his first appearance since a horrific car accident in October of last year. He’d been planning to face Garcia (36-2, 21 KO) in January, but “Swift” instead took a decision over Ivan Redkach and got literally bitten in the process.
“Having my comeback fight be in front of my hometown fans at AT&T Stadium is added motivation and a dream come true,” said Spence. “It means even more because I’m going up against a great champion in Danny Garcia. I know people are looking out to see if I’ve lost a step or won’t be at my best, but I’m 100% focused and everything is on point in training camp. I just can’t wait to go out there on December 5 and put on a show.”
“I’m very excited to get back in the ring,” said Garcia. “This is going to be my second fight of 2020, even though it’s been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. I’m glad we’re finally getting back to where we were and that we’ll be able to bring this fight to the fans. This matchup is a mega-fight unification bout. It’s my opportunity to reclaim my spot at the top in this division and become a five-time world champion. Training and sparring has been going really well. I’m extremely prepared for this already and it can’t get here soon enough. Come December 5, I will be crowned unified champion!”
In the co-feature, freakishly large super welterweight prospect Sebastian Fundora (15-0-1, 10 KO) takes on veteran puncher Jorge Cota (30-4, 27 KO). “Towering Inferno” was lucky to escape with a draw against Jamontay Clark last year, but has redeemed himself in 2020 with solid wins over Daniel Lewis and Nathaniel Gallimore. Cota, whose pro losses came against Marco Antonio Rubio, Erickson Lubin, Jeison Rosario, and Jermell Charlo, has won two straight, most recently knocking out “Cornflake” LaManna in January.
“I’m thrilled to be back in action on a card of this magnitude to finish the year off,” said Fundora. “We’ll be facing a very experienced opponent in Jorge Cota, who’s someone that always comes to fight and give the fans a great show, just like me. We’re going to train hard to go up against this challenge. I’m certain Cota is doing the same, which is going to make this a great fight on December 5.”
“I’ve been fighting professionally for 11 years and I know that this fight is do-or-die for me,” said Cota. “I know that if I lose, that could be my last chance to fight for a world title. I will be prepared to retire. So I’m training like everything in my life depends on beating Fundora and that’s how I’m going to fight him on December 5.”
A fun-looking welterweight clash pits fan-favorite bruiser Josesito Lopez (37-8, 21 KO) against Francisco Santana (25-8-1, 12 KO). Lopez is 4-1 in his last five, narrowly falling to Keith Thurman and knocking out John Molina Jr. during his 2019 campaign, while Santana is 1-4 with a win over Felix Diaz Jr. and losses to Jarrett Hurd, Abel Ramos, Mahonri Mantes, and Jose Benavidez Jr.
“I’m ready to get back to fighting,” said Lopez. “This is an all-action card, so it’s only right that I’m included on it. I’m expecting a great fight against an excellent fighter in Santana. I’m just working hard to put on the best performance that I possibly can on December 5. This is going to be a fun, tactical fight, but we’re also going to be very aggressive. This type of fight belongs on a huge pay-per-view event like this one. My training camp has gone really well and I can’t wait to steal the show on what I think will be the card of the year.”
“Me and Josesito are both throwback blood and guts gladiators,” said Santana. “I have nothing but respect for Josesito. We’re both fighters who have been underdogs throughout our careers and caused problems for the best fighters in the world. That combination is going to make this all all-out war and an instant classic. My motto is train, fight, win. On December 5, there is no other option.”
After weighing in above the featherweight limit for his super bantamweight title shot against Brandon Figueroa, which ended in a competitive draw, Julio Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KO) moves up to 126 to fight Eduardo Ramirez (23-2-3, 10 KO) in a WBC eliminator. Ramirez, who knocked Leduan Barthelemy from the ranks of the unbeaten in November, was expected to face Tugstsogt Nyambayar last month before being replaced by Cobia Breedy.
“I’m very excited for this upcoming war between two Mexican fighters,” said Ceja. “I’m in Las Vegas and training hard every day. Camp is going perfectly and I will be 100% on December 5 so I can get one step closer to becoming world champion again.”
“I am in fantastic shape for this fight and I’m looking forward to showing off my improved skills once again,” said Ramirez. “I learned a lot in my loss against Claudio Marrero. I believe that I displayed those improvements when I beat Leduan Barthelemy. It was a big statement knocking him out and I can’t wait to make another statement in this fight against Ceja.”