Spence favored, but questions linger
By Max Warren
IBF/WBC Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence (26-0, 21KOs) and Danny Garcia (36-2, 21KOs) have both tweeted that a November 21st unification bout on FOX pay-per-view is confirmed. They tweeted about the confirmed match-up five minutes apart from each other on the morning of July 31st.
At 10:00am, Spence tweeted, “Done deal the King of the division BACK!! Nov. 21st on FOX PPV vs. @DannySwift… #mandown #strapseason.” Five minutes later, Garcia tweeted, “HERE WE GO! @ErrolSpenceJr Spence on Nov. 21 Signed! Sealed! Delivered! My 10th world title fight its time to crown the king again.”
This is the most notable welterweight fight announced so far this year. Directly after Spence’s decision victory over Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17KOs), Garcia entered the ring to stare down Spence in order to promote a prospective bout. Last September, fans were not thrilled about this match-up.
At that point, many were pushing for Spence vs. Terence Crawford. Also, Garcia lost to the man that Spence just defeated. But since then, Spence suffered a traumatic car accident, and a worldwide pandemic completely disrupted everyone’s daily activities. It appears that Spence has made a complete recovery since last October’s horrific high-speed single-car accident. His upcoming bout against Garcia will determine whether he is back to full strength.
Garcia has the opportunity to face and defeat a unified and undefeated welterweight champion whose current form is in doubt. It will be a little over a year since Spence was last in the ring when Garcia and Spence square off on November 21st. The layoff isn’t egregious, but Spence’s car accident delayed his training and was a distraction. Spence dealt with the legal consequences of being charged with a DWI, and he couldn’t spar for several months after the accident.
Since Spence’s last fight, Garcia had a tune-up against southpaw Ivan Redkach (23-5, 18KOs). Garcia won virtually every round, cruising to a unanimous decision. Garcia’s recent track has been steady, while Spence’s has been rough. We will see on November 21st whether the accident has derailed Spence at all.