Spence vs Garcia Live Stream is making his move. The pride of Oxnard, California, is recognized by boxing fans as one of the best in the business, but widespread fame eludes him. In a bid for greatness, Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is taking a risk rarely seen in modern boxing, moving up two weight classes to challenge Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) for the latter’s IBF world welterweight title on Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Garcia isn’t just fighting in Spence’s territory when it comes to weight class. Spence grew up in Texas, and he is sure to have the crowd behind him for the pay-per-view card.
It will be a defining fight for both men. They are both undefeated and ranked in Ring’s top-10 for pound-for-pound fighters.Expectations from fans are sky high. Garcia has won titles in four weight classes, while Spence holds a world title at welterweight, boxing’s most talent-laden division. Losing a belt at 147 pounds means you will have to beat a great fighter to get one back. Can Garcia’s speed and technique propel him to an upset win against Spence’s power and intelligence? Saturday night we will find out. Here’s how to watch.
Spence Jr. vs Garcia Fight Info
When: Saturday, Mar. 16 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
TV: Fox pay-per-view ($74.95), ITV4 (UK only, free)
Live Stream: FoxSports.com pay-per-view ($74.95)
Odds: Spence -1100 (bet $1,100 to win $100) Garcia +650 (bet $100 to win $650)
Already a four-weight champion, Garcia is recognised as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and having unified the WBC and IBF lightweight titles in July 2018, has his eye on further glory.He is tasked with stopping Spence, the man who took Kell Brook’s world title in 2017 having overwhelmed every opponent since. It’s a meeting between two unbeaten world class talents currently at the peak of their powers.Spence vs Garcia TV channel and live stream online coverage Spence vs Garcia will be available to watch for free on ITV4 as part of the deal between ITV and Haymon Sports and Premier Boxing Champions which was announced at the end of 2018.Live streaming will also be available through the ITV Hub app.For UK viewers looking to tune in, it is going to be an early start or a very late night with coverage of the show beginning at 1am – with the main event unlikely to get underway until 3am at the earliest on Sunday morning.
My father and I were against it at first,” said Robert Garcia, a former boxer and Mikey’s older brother, per Ring’s Ron Borges. “We told Mikey there were so many other fights he could take and still make a lot of money.Perhaps money, but not prestige. Garcia had already beaten the likes of Robert Easter Jr, Adrien Broner and Dejan Zlaticanin. With contracts and TV obligations shuttering any chances for a megafight with Vasiliy Lomachenko at lightweight (for now), the 31-year-old Garcia got it in his head to do something radical.
Forget fighting at 135 pounds, 140 pounds. Put it all on the line. Welterweight is where all the big names are at, so Garcia landed on Spence, a southpaw who hasn’t gone to the scorecards in nearly five years. No one else is willing to do what I’m doing. After this fight, everybody will really recognize me as the top fighter. My dad and brother wanted me to take someone else, but anyone else coming off a loss or a has-been doesn’t do it for me,” said Garcia, per Borges.
Spence is certainly no has-been. He’s very much right now, in his athletic prime at 29 years old and looking to defend his IBF title for the fourth time. His last three opponents, Carlos Ocampo, Lamont Peterson and Kell Brook, are all skilled boxers who were unable to survive to the final bell. Spence mixes up his punches, works the head and body, wearing people down until they cave from pressure or are flat up against the canvas.I think I’m a passive-aggressive fighter,” Spence told DMagazine.com’s Matt Goodman. “I kind of mentally break down my opponents, and physically, so if you’re not 100 percent there, if you’re not willing to quote-unquote ‘die in there,’ then it’s going to reveal itself.
If Garcia defies the odds and pulls out the win, well, he might just step into Spence’s role and get the fights the latter has been clamoring for the past couple of years. Or maybe he will slim down again and chase Lomachenko. It would be a fairly historic upset, and one might hope it encourages other fighters to imitate his refreshing bravery.