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Errol Spence wins decisive decision over Danny Garcia to retain welterweight titles

Welterweight champion Errol Spence won a unanimous decision over Danny Garcia. We break down the scorecards and what might be next.

Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. during their WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship fight at AT&T Stadium on December 05, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. out-pointed sixth-ranked contender Danny Garcia with relative ease Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium. The fight went to the cards and Spence claimed scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 on the three judges’ scorecards. Our friends at Bad Left Hook gave him scores of 116-112 and 117-11.

Garcia previously claimed a title belt at the welterweight level, but has not had as much success there as he did at junior welterweight. He acknowledged after the fight what everyone saw, that Spence was the better fighter on this night.

“He was just a better man tonight,” Garcia said. “No excuses. I fought a hard, tough fight. He had a pretty good jab, and I think that was the key to the fight, his jab. He was a little bit busier than me. He off-set me with his jab a little bit.”

It’s not entirely clear who will be next on Spence’s dance ticket. WBO champion, No. 2 welterweight, and fellow unbeaten Terence Crawford was in attendance but Spence did not attempt to call him out. Manny Pacquiao remains the big name in the welterweight division, but as our friends at Bad Left Hook noted, it would be a clear step down for Spence.