WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence says he is suffering no ill effects from his high speed car crash last year and feels sharper than ever ahead of his clash with two-division champion Danny Garcia at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on December 5.
Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) suffered a fractured jaw and concussion after a serious car accident in October 2019, just days after unifying two 147lbs championships against then WBC title-holder Shawn Porter in a fight of the year contender.
The smooth Texan southpaw says he selected Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) as an opponent as he wanted a severe test in his highly anticipated return in the FOX Sports PBC PPV main event in front of socially distanced fans at the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL stadium.
“I’m feeling great right now. I’m in shape and ready to go. We’ve been training hard and we’re 100% percent focused. I’m ready to put on a great show for my hometown fans,” said ‘The Truth’ Spence in Thursday’s media workout. “I’m not concerned about ring rust. We have a gameplan and I’m working with my coach [Derrick James] every day on it. I’m going to stick to the plan and use it December 5. I can’t wait.
“I picked Danny Garcia because he’s a tough opponent with a granite chin. He’s always in tough close fights. He’s going to bring the best out of me. If I took a tune-up fight, I wouldn’t be as focused or dedicated as I am right now. I know Danny’s dad [trainer Angel Garcia] is pushing him to take my belts in my hometown. So I’m staying focused to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“This is as good as I’ve ever felt. You can see I’m sweating today and I’m not dried out. There’s no struggle to make weight. I’m just feeling good. There was a lot of uncertainty after my accident, but I knew that I wanted to keep training and make sure that I’m 100% ready to get into the ring. The doctors gave me the okay and said everything is fine, so I’m ready to go.
“My message to the rest of the division is just, line ’em up. Everyone knows who to talk to. All the other top welterweights, anyone else in my way, can come and try to get it.”
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