Spence says Garcia title fight challenge has pushed him 'to another level'

By John Skilbeck 3 December 2020 10
Spence says Garcia title fight challenge has pushed him 'to another level'

Errol Spence Jr is convinced he has made the right decision to launch his ring comeback with Saturday's "dangerous" blockbuster fight against Danny Garcia.

New Yorker Spence was seriously injured in October 2019 when he crashed his Ferrari in Dallas, less than two weeks after adding the WBC welterweight title to his IBF belt by beating Shawn Porter.

The unbeaten Spence (26-0) is now heading back into his boxing career with a major test against former world champion Garcia (36-2).

There could be few tougher fights for him to take on, with Spence deciding against choosing an easier return to action because he knew fighting Garcia would get his competitive juices flowing.

"Nobody forced me to fight Danny Garcia," Spence, 30, said in a news conference.

"I could have taken the tune-up, but I wanted somebody dangerous that was going to keep me focused and keep me in the gym and training hard.

"I had to make sure I was going to be 100 per cent on point. If I'd have taken a tune-up fight or somebody that I was supposed to beat, I feel like 100 per cent wouldn't have all the way been there.

"Of course, I'd have wanted the victory, but fighting someone with a great name like Danny Garcia and a great fighter like Danny Garcia has pushed me to another level and pushed me to a level that I'm supposed to be at."

Garcia, 32, has held world champion belts at welterweight and light welterweight, and the Philadelphia-raised fighter fancies the challenge in Arlington this weekend.

Garcia told Fox Sports: "It's a very great opportunity. There's no feeling in the world like winning, and winning a world title is the best feeling in the world.

"You can't take that for granted. I took that for granted a few times and it got the best of me.

"In this world you learn from your mistakes and you become a better person and become a better man, and that's why I'm here today."

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