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Garcia, Spence face off Saturday

Garcia, Spence face off Saturday

March 15th, 2019 by Associated Press in Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas—Errol Spence Jr. didn't like four-division champion Mikey Garcia describing him as just another opponent.

"Stop talking about your other opponents like I'm one of them," shot back Spence, the IBF welterweight champion.

When Spence and Garcia step into the ring Saturday night—at midfield in the massive billion-dollar home stadium of the favorite NFL team for both fighters—it will be a matchup of undefeated champions, and two of the best pound-for-pound boxers.

Garcia, the reigning WBC lightweight champion who is 39-0 with 30 knockouts, is moving up two weight classes to take on Spence, at 24-0 with 21 knockouts and fighting at home in North Texas for the second time in nine months.

"He's going to find out why I chose to fight him and why I picked this fight," Garcia said.

Spence is defending his title in the 147-pound division for the third time. He stopped previously undefeated challenger Carlos Ocampo with a first-round knockout at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility in Frisco last June, not far from his home in Desoto.

This title defense is a pay-per-view match from AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play their home games and where the ring will be centered under the looming 72-foot tall video boards that stretch between the 20-yard lines.

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