Spence wants to be undisputed before moving up
On December 5, IBF and WBC world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) has a tall order in front of him. On that date, he will face former world champion and notorious sharpshooter champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s). The highly anticipated prizefight will mark Spence’s first return to the ring since suffering his potentially fatal car accident in 2019.
On fight night, Garcia will have his skill, impressive resume and menacing no-look left hook on his side. Given this reality, one cannot in good faith just assume that the Truth will win. Regardless of outside speculation however, the unified champ is not worried about it.
He certainly respects Garcia as a fighter and is preparing for a strenuous task. In the end though, the Truth has much bigger ambitions for the division. After defeating Garcia, the hard-hitting welterweight plans to continue his body-bruising campaign to become the one and true undisputed champion. If everything goes according to plan that it is.
I WANT ALL THE BELTS!
While conducting an interview with the Last Stand Podcast, Spence forecast that he will only be a welterweight for two or three more bouts, or two years or so, depending on how you want to frame it. But before he goes, his last goal at 147 is to gobble up the remaining belts available.
“About two, three more and then I am done…the only people that I got on my hit-list, of course Danny, I am not overlooking him at all. He’s at the top of my list. Danny, Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and then I am going up.”
“…After I become undisputed champion that’s when I am moving up. So I will suffer at 147 for about two or three more fights, or so how long it takes. But hopefully in the next two years or so I will be undisputed welterweight world champion.”
THE NEXT MAJOR HURDLE
If this brutal itinerary actually comes to pass, it would make for one delightful string of bouts. They would be both a tremendous boost to the Truth’s legacy and awesome events for the fans. However, one cannot get lost a wild flex of the imagination.
Spence has fruitlessly sought a bout with WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KO’s) for years. The same is true of WBA super world welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s). So there is zero concrete indication that those dust-ups would materialize in the next two years.
Although, it is still good to hear that this is the ambition of Spence. Yet, before he can climb up any higher on the 147lbs mountain, he has to first successfully navigate past Danny Garcia. And no matter how you slice that bout, it will not be an easy task for either combatant.
By: Bakari Simpson