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David Benavidez Makes Dominant Return Stopping Love in 2

David Benavidez (21-0, 18 KOs) made a huge statement in stopping veteran fighter J’Leon Love (24-3-1, 13 KOs) in the second round of their matchup. The contest took place at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on March 16, 2019.

The first aired live on the PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View telecast which was headlined by Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia.

This was the first time Benavidez was seen in the ring in over a year when he defeated Ronald Gavril. Following a positive test for cocaine use, Benavidez was stripped of the WBC Super Middleweight title.

Benavidez didn’t just need to win on Saturday night, he needed to make a statement. He did exactly that as he made quick work of Love.

During the build up of their matchup both fighters quickly grew a dislike for one another. Love, who is traditionally a boxer that fights on his back foot, came out aggressive. He paid for it as Benavidez landed a few big shots that had him rattled with just a few seconds remaining in the first round.

The second started with Benavidez picking up right where he left off by hammering away at Love who had little-to-no answer. A right hand seemed to have Love out on his feet. From there, Benavidez landed a few more shots before the referee stopped the contest.

Following the knockout win Benavidez didn’t seem surprised in the slightest with the end result.

“I expected to knock him out,” said Benavidez. “But when I hit him with the first good shot, I knew he wasn’t going to last. I tried to pace myself, but it wasn’t necessary tonight.”

Now that he is officially back in action he quickly turned his attention to Anthony Dirrell who is in possession of the WBC title that was stripped of Benavidez.

“I saw Anthony Dirrell with the WBC belt,” said Benavidez. “He can’t call himself champion until he fights me. That’s my belt. I’m going to go get it. It’s mine.”

Dirrell won the vacant title over Avni Yildirim in February of this year by technical decision to lay claim to the belt. A clash between these is wanted and needed.

Benavidez was never defeated in the ring for the belt so his belief that he is still a champion is warranted. Dirrell however thinks otherwise. A matchup would settle the debate. Let’s make it happen.

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Errol Spence Jr. calls out Manny Pacquiao after beating Mikey Garcia

By Dan Ambrose: Errol Spence Jr. did an admirable job on Mikey Garcia, beating him by a decisive 12 round unanimous decision in their pay-per-view fight on Fox Sports on Saturday night, and he then called out superstar Manny Pacquiao, who came inside the ring afterwards. (Photo credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX Sport) Spence said, “It would […]

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Photos / Results: Spence Jr. defeats Garcia; Benavidez TKOs Love; Arreola / Martin both win

Unbeaten Former Champion David Benavidez Scores Second-Round TKO of J’Leon Love, Undefeated Former Champion Luis Nery Earns Dominant Fifth-Round TKO of McJoe Arroyo & Heavyweight Fan-Favorite Chris Arreola Stops Jean Pierre Augustin In Round Three. Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF Welterweight World Championship in his hometown in front of 47,525 fans with a unanimous […]

Read full article: Photos / Results: Spence Jr. defeats Garcia; Benavidez TKOs Love; Arreola / Martin both win @Boxing News 24

Mikey Garcia poised to be boxing’s next superstar with win over Errol Spence

By Aragon Garcia: Four division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is on the cusp of stardom tonight with his fight against IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. The only thing that is separating Mikey from taking his career to the next level to be the monster star in boxing is an upset victory […]

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Errol Spence Jr: A victory over Mikey Garcia makes me #1 P-4-P

By Aragon Garcia: Errol Spence Jr. sees a potential victory over lightweight Mikey Garcia tonight as a launching pad to make him the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. IBF welterweight champion Spence and Garcia fight tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Spence believes that a win over Garcia will put him on the path […]

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Shawn Porter previews Spence vs. Garcia fight, says it’s a 50-50 affair

By Allan Fox: Shawn Porter says Saturday night’s fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia is too evenly matched for him to predict a winner, but he does he’s hoping that the underdog Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) ends up as the winner. Porter’s rationale for wanting Mikey to win is because he always pulls […]

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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia: 3 Keys to Victory for The Truth

Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) takes on Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) Saturday night, March 16 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia have a lot to lose in this upcoming bout, but with a victory even more to gain. Both fighters are undefeated and looking to cement their legacy as one of the best fighters in boxing history.

Although all things look to be in Spence Jr.’s favor with Garcia moving up two weight classes and the fight taking place in Spence Jr.’s backyard—Garcia’s pure talent and power should not be slept on. This is one of the most anticipated bouts in recent years with two of the best in the business.

Saturday night, we are all in for a treat. This fight could go a number of different ways with a countless amount of outcomes. Though Spence Jr. is the obvious betting favorite going into this bout Garcia has been underestimated before and come out on top.

For Spence Jr. to continue his reign as IBF Welterweight champion of the world he must dial in on the following three keys to victory.


Be Physical

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Errol Spence Jr. is the bigger man coming into this fight and he needs to make that very apparent to Mikey Garcia.

When the fight gets in close, Spence Jr. needs to push him around and show him that his power is going to be a difference maker.

In the clinch, Spence Jr. needs to push him off and keep coming forward. If Spence Jr. is able to keep Garcia on his back foot this fight will not go the distance.


User You Jab

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Errol Spence Jr. is coming into this fight with height and reach advantages. For Spence Jr. to come out victorious Saturday night he needs to stick and move behind his jab.

If Spence Jr. is busy with his jab it will allow him to move in when he wants to move in seamlessly.

The jab will also allow Spence Jr. to keep the distance when he is trying to mitigate Mikey Garcia’s attack.


Attack the Body

Mikey Garcia walks around in the mid-to-high 150s, so making weight will not be difficult for him. Garcia is doubtfully going to be super shredded which is a huge advantage for Errol Spence Jr. in this fight.

If Spence Jr. is able to use his left hook and speedy combinations to the body it will take Garcia’s legs away. Garcia is the faster and smaller opponent so attacking the body will slow him down and eventually break him.


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It is few and far between that we get to see a fight like this—these are two undefeated fighters at their prime. Like I said before there are so many ways this fight could play out.

You will not want to miss Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia. Saturday night, March 16 we will witness two of the best putting it all on the line. Both men are prepared and ready to make a statement.

Will Spence Jr. remain the IBF Welterweight Champion or will Garcia shock the world and dethrone him?

You can purchase this PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View via your cable provider or purchase and stream it live on FoxSports.com.

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Benavidez-Love; Arreola-Augustin, Martin-Corbin quotes, notes & photos

David Benavidez vs. J’Leon Love, Luis Nery vs. McJoe Arroyo, Chris Arreola vs. Jean Pierre Augustin In Action on PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Undercard This Saturday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) Charles Martin & Gregory Corbin Compete in Heavyweight Action on PBC Prelims on FS1 Beginning at 8 […]

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Mikey Garcia – Businessman or Fighter?

By Sam Genge: This weekend, Mikey Garcia will be moving up two weight divisions to take on the IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Junior, a man considered by many as the most feared at the 147 pound division. Is this a business move for Mikey or is he cut from the same cloth as […]

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Errol Spence: I hope Mikey Garcia tries to knock me out

By Chris Williams: Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia met up on Wednesday for their final news conference at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before the two of them battle it out this Saturday night on March 16 on FOX Sports pay-per-view. While Spence seemed relaxed throughout the press conference, Mikey looked agitated as if […]

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Mikey Garcia: I’ll do whatever it takes to neutralize Errol Spence

By Aragon Garcia: Multi-division world champion Mikey Garcia says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to neutralize Errol Spence’s offense to beat him this Saturday night on FOX Sports PPV at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) makes it clear that it takes more than size to win a fight, […]

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Mikey Garcia Fighting For Legacy Against Errol Spence Jr.

At 31 years old, Mikey Garcia has accomplished more than most do in the sport of boxing.

Born in Oxnard, California in 1987 to Mexican immigrant parents, Garcia has risen through the ranks and has become widely regarded by many as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport–and for good reason.

Garcia, the brother of former titleholder Robert Garcia, began his amateur boxing career at the age of 14 and quickly found success. In 2003, for example, he won a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships, competing at 125 pounds.

Then in 2004, he won a gold medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, competing at 132 pounds at both events.

Moving on, Garcia then won a bronze medal at the National Golden Glove Championships in 2005 and a gold medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships that same year. He once again fought at 132 pounds in both of those events.

Following his successful amateur career, Garcia, who now trains under the tutelage of his father, Eduardo, and his brother, Robert, decided to turn pro in 2006 and sign with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Since turning pro, Garcia has seen nothing but success inside of the ring, as he’s compiled an undefeated 39-0 professional record with 30 of those victories coming by way of T/KO. He’s also won titles in four divisions to date.

Despite his instant success, it actually took Garcia quite a while to get his hands on a title. After amassing a 20-0 professional record that included 17 victories by way of stoppage, however, he earned the chance to compete against Thomas Villa in April 2010 for the vacant IBF USBA Featherweight title.

The fight ultimately proved to be of little challenge to Garcia, as he walked through Villa, finishing the fight in the opening round and becoming a titleholder for the first time.

Between 2010-13, the Mexican-American Garcia continued to hone his craft and improve his in-ring resume, winning and defending various versions of Featherweight Titles and improving his record to an ultra-impressive 30-0.

He then finally received his first crack at a recognized world title while also receiving quite a step up in competition, as he was booked against Orlando Salido in January 2013It didn’t look like it was a step up in competition though, as Garcia dropped Salido four times early on before securing a decision victory and becoming a world champion for the first time.

It was at that point that he moved up in weight in pursuit of more gold, a theme that has since become common in relation to his career.

Taking on then WBO Junior Lightweight champion Roman Martinez in November 2013, Garcia found himself in a bit of trouble after being dropped in the second round. However, he remained composed, bit down on his mouthpiece and showed the heart of a warrior and the grit of a champion. He ended up taking control of the fight and finishing it in the eighth round to become a two-weight world champion.

Following the victory of his second title in as many divisions, Garcia took on Juan Carlos Burgos in January 2015 in New York City. Once again, Garcia got off to a slow start, but he remained composed and successfully defended his Junior Lightweight title for the first time.

With a perfect 34-0 professional record and titles in two weight classes, Garcia appeared to be on his way towards insurmountable heights. Then, however, came a major setback, as issues with Top Rank ultimately kept him out of the ring for the next two-and-a-half years.

Losing a somewhat significant chunk of the prime of his career certainly wasn’t ideal, but Garcia picked up right where he left off upon his return to the ring in July 2016, scoring a fifth-round TKO victory over Elio Rojas in Brooklyn, New York.

Following that victory, Garcia decided to continue his trek through various weight classes on his quest for greatness and once again, it paid off. With the WBC Lightweight title on the line, Garcia took on Dejan Zlatičanin in January 2017. As he had so many times up until that point, he made easy work of his opponent, scoring a third-round knockout victory and cementing himself as a three-division world champion.

But, three weight classes conquered just wasn’t enough for Garcia, who’s hunger for greatness is never-ending. So, after outpointing Adrien Broner in July 2017, the 31-year-old fighter challenged Sergey Lipinets for the IBF Junior Welterweight title in March 2018.

When the fight finally took place, Garcia took care of business, as usual, dropping Lipinets in the seventh round and winning via a comfortable margin on all three judges scorecards. The Mexican American from a gang-ridden town in Southern, California was now a four-division champion.

As one can imagine, however, that accomplishment wasn’t enough for Garcia either. It is, however, widely respected by the boxing community, which is why it would be completely acceptable for Garcia to remain at 140 pounds or even drop back down to 135 pounds, the weight class he seems to be most suited for, as he did in his last bout.

But as has been seen throughout his illustrious career, Garcia feeds off the next challenge and the next challenge must be bigger than the previous for him. In his mind, he’s already won titles in the four aforementioned weight classes. He needs something more, something bigger.

With that being said, it’s no surprise that he’ll be giving up four inches in both height and reach and moving up two weight classes to challenge IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in the main event of a PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View event this Saturday, March 16 in Arlington, Texas.

Given his skill and the size advantage Spence will hold, this seems like a daunting task for Garcia, which is why his family and his team urged him not to take the fight. But for Garcia, taking the fight was a no-brainer and it wasn’t because of the large magnitude of the fight or because of the money it would reward him with.

No, it was because he wants nothing more than to be great. And as many have before him, Garcia is willing to jump around from weight class to weight class and dare to be great, even when the odds are stacked against him.

And that’s because of legacy, and more specifically, the importance of legacy to Garcia.

“It’s funny because a lot of times with other careers, other fighters, they start off looking for legacy, looking for titles and at the end of the career, it changes,” Garcia told ESPN. “It becomes more of a financial reason, it’s a business. They look for the biggest, most lucrative fight, so they can make the biggest amount of money and take the biggest purse home, not necessarily for the titles.”

Garcia mentioned that he has the money, and to be fair, he has the accomplishments as well. 

“They don’t really care about the titles–they vacate that title at the moment to fight the guy that’s going to make them the most money,” continued Garcia. “But for me, it was kind of reversed. I did it early for the money and fine, I got a title–it’s not that important, it wasn’t that special. Now, it’s different. I’ve already had the money–yes, there’s a lot more that I can make–but that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it to cement my name and add to my legacy and keep the Garcia name living for years to come.”

If he were to retire right now, he’d be remembered as a remarkable fighter, one of the best of his time, and quite possibly a Hall of Famer.

This fight, however, is about more than that. Garcia wants to separate himself from the many other remarkable fighters who have entered the squared circle. He wants to leave a lasting legacy and a lasting impact on the game.

In order to do that, Garcia will indeed have to overcome a tall, tall task in Spence. But, if he’s successful, he’ll be revered forever.

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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia Fighter Grand Arrivals & Media Workout Quotes & Photos

Welterweight Champion Spence Jr. & Four-Division World Champion Garcia Headline PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event This Saturday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

DALLAS, TX (March 12, 2019) – Unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division world champion Mikey Garcia made their grand arrivals for fight week Tuesday and participated in an open to the public media workout as they near their blockbuster showdown that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event this Saturday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Tuesday’s event at Renaissance Dallas Hotel also featured fighters who compete on the pay-per-view undercard Saturday night making their grand arrivals and showing off their skills for the fans and media in attendance.

PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten former 168-pound champion David Benavidez taking on veteran contender J’Leon Love, former bantamweight champion Luis Nery facing former champion McJoe Arroyo and heavyweight fan-favorite Chris Arreola battling unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin.

Tickets for this showdown, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now, and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.

Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday from a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel:

ERROL SPENCE JR.

“It means a lot to have all these fans out here today supporting me. This is where I started. This is where my heart is. I’m going to give everyone a great show on Saturday.

“I’m making sure that I don’t get caught up in the moment. I’ll do think about the moment after the fight and celebrate with my people. I’m tunnel vision on Saturday night and I can’t wait. My motto is ‘Man Down’ and I’m here to again show everyone why I’m the best.”

MIKEY GARCIA

“It’s amazing to have this great support from the local fans and media here. I’ve fought in Texas many times and won two world titles here. I’m looking for a third on Saturday.

“I have the timing, the speed, the footwork and defense. I have all the skills needed to win this fight. I could have taken easier fights than this, but they didn’t spark the fire in me. This fight does exactly that.”

DAVID BENAVIDEZ

“J’Leon Love is always going to be a tough fighter and make the fight hard. He can punch and he can move. I’m expecting a hard fight and I have a game plan for anything he brings on Saturday.

“It’s amazing to be on this stage. It’s really a dream come true. This is as big as my title fight. This is going to be a massive event so I have to get a knockout for my fans.”

J’LEON LOVE

“I’m hungry just like every other fighter. I’m hungry like a boxer who is having their first moment in the sport. That’s how I feel right now.

“I’m not going to be an easy fight for Benavidez. The Peter Quillin fight is behind us. There were some things happening that didn’t allow me to be great, but I’m over them now and I’m ready for a spectacular performance Saturday night.”

LUIS NERY

“It’s going to be a real war on Saturday night. I’m prepared for a very tough fight. My opponent leaves his guard open a lot and I think I can knock him down with my hooks. I’m ready to get a great victory.

“I’m very proud and happy to be competing on this great pay-per-view card. I think I’m going to score the knockout in round five or six and show everyone why I’m the best bantamweight in the world.”

MCJOE ARROYO

“I’m the type of fighter that lets the fight unfold and develop. I have to see how my opponent is going to react and be intelligent.

“My speed is going to be a big key. Both with my hands and my legs. I have to avoid getting hit by the big shots. I’m going to take it round-by-round.”

CHRIS ARREOLA

“I know that he’s a fighter who is going to be crafty and try to move around. He’s going to try to keep me off balance and that’s why I made sure I came in great shape for this fight so I can chase this kid around.

“I have to be smart and work behind my jab, while also being aware of what he can do with his left hand. This is a fight to show that I’m back and ready to challenge the best heavyweights.”

JEAN PIERRE AUGUSTIN

“We’ve been training to steal the show on Saturday night. Chris is going to keep coming forward. I’m going to have to rely on my youth, my foot work, my speed and my brain so I don’t take unnecessary shots.

“It’s definitely an honor to be on this platform. For me to find myself in this position, it’s hard to put into words. I’m going to get a definitive win on Saturday night.”

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Spence vs. Garcia: Mikey – “I have the skills to win this fight”

By Mike Smith: Mikey Garcia says he’s got the speed and boxing skills to defeat Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday night on Fox Sports PPV at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is coming into Saturday’s fight an an underdog for the first time in his illustrious 13-year pro career. (Photo […]

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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia fighter grand arrival quotes & photos

Unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division world champion Mikey Garcia made their grand arrivals for fight week Tuesday and participated in an open to the public media workout as they near their blockbuster showdown that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event this Saturday from AT&T Stadium […]

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