Errol Spence Jr.-Danny Garcia stay outcomes and evaluation

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Errol Spence Jr.-Danny Garcia live results and analysis

After more than a year without a ring, Errol Spence Jr., welterweight champion, returns to defend his WBC and IBF belts against Danny Garcia on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) defeated Shawn Porter in September 2019 and when talks turned hot for his next fight, Spence was involved in a car accident that left him hospitalized with cuts on his face and broken teeth. He was accused of driving drunk. Spence was able to return to training in March, but there are many questions about his ability to punch after the accident.

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Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) is a former welterweight junior world champion and world welterweight champion. He lost his last two attempts to recapture a 147-pound belt in a close decision to Porter and Keith Thurman, but had a dominant performance in a one-sided win over Ivan Redkach in January.

Sebastian "The Towering Inferno" Fundora competes against Habib Ahmed in a WBC Junior Middleweight Eliminator in the co-main event. Fundora (15-0-1, 10 KOs) has had two wins so far in 2020, a unanimous decision over Daniel Lewis in February and a sixth-round knockout against Nathaniel Gallimore in August. Ahmed (27-1-1, 18 KOs) replaced original opponent Jorge Cota this week after Cota tested positive for COVID-19.

Also on the PPV card, Josesito Lopez (37-9, 20 KOs) takes on Francisco Santana (25-8-1, 12 KOs) in the welterweight division, and Eduardo Ramirez (23-2-3, 10 KOs) meets Miguel Flores (24-3, 12 KOs) in a featherweight WBA eliminator.

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Fight underway: Errol Spence Jr. versus Danny Garcia, 12 rounds, for Spence's WBC and IBF welterweight titles

Results:

Fundora overwhelms Ahmed for a second round stop

Strike statistics

Blows Fundora Ahmed
Landed overall 53 5
Totally thrown 139 35
percent 38% 14%
Jabs landed 6th 3
Thrown bumps 55 19th
percent 11% 16%
The power landed 47 2
Power thrown 84 16
percent 56% 13%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Sebastian Fundora didn't waste many rounds taking a win in a WBC junior middleweight eliminator on Saturday night. The 6-foot-6 fighter was stopped in the second round against Habib Ahmed on the card by Errol Spence Jr-Danny Garcia at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) was originally supposed to face Jorge Cota before Cota tested positive for COVID-19. Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KOs) was a late replacement and had no chance of spoiling Fundora's night.

The large 154 pounder made the inequality between the two fighters clear with some heavy blows at the start of the first round. In the second round, Fundora Ahmed held onto the corner and landed a steady stream of hooks that forced the early stop.

The 23-year-old also kept a consistent pattern across the entire pay-per-view portion of the undercard. All three fights on the undercard ended with a technical knockout.

Lopez knocks out Santana and stops him on round 10

Josesito Lopez (left) knocked down Francisco Santana (right) three times en route to a 10th round TKO win. Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

Strike statistics

Blows Lopez Santana
Landed overall 190 84
Totally thrown 677 519
percent 28% 16%
Jabs landed 75 28
Thrown bumps 447 339
percent 17% 8th%
The power landed 115 56
Power thrown 230 180
percent 50% 31%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Josesito Lopez got the hiatus he deserved with Francisco Santana, albeit a little later than it should have happened. Lopez dropped Santana three times, eventually forcing referee Neil Young to end the fight on the 10th and final round.

Except for one bright moment on the first round, Lopez dominated all night. Lopez dropped Santana with a right hook in the first round that completed a three-punch combo and knocked Santana down again on the ninth and tenth. While Santana (25-9-1, 12 KOs) countered with a hook that seemed to hurt Lopez later in the first round, this success was fleeting. Lopez (38-8, 20 KOs) landed on the body with ease and mixed in some clean headshots.

Even at 36, Lopez showed that he isn't too old to perform well. That should be enough for him to land a few solid paydays before the end of his career.

Ramirez stops Flores in the featherweight eliminator

Eduardo Ramirez (right) stopped Miguel Flores on lap 5 with a brutal right hook. Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

Strike statistics

Blows Ramirez Flores
Landed overall 62 37
Totally thrown 317 243
percent 20% 15%
Jabs landed 8th 1
Thrown bumps 141 78
percent 6% 1%
The power landed 54 36
Power thrown 176 165
percent 31% 22%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Eduardo Ramirez had the most breathtaking ending to the night. Just seconds into the fifth round, Ramirez threw a right hook that Miguel Flores never saw coming. The blow was so devastating that it split open Flores' upper lip and splattered blood as Flores stumbled to his feet.

Although Flores (24-4, 12 KOs) was slowly getting to his feet, referee Laurence Cole stopped him from moving on, which was likely a prudent decision despite the momentum Flores had built after a slow start. By winning the Featherweight WBA Title Eliminator, Ramirez (24-2-3, 10 KOs) placed himself in a good position to contend for the belt of this sanctions body in the near future.

Avelar dominates Luke

Strike statistics

Blows Avelar Luke
Landed overall 225 100
Totally thrown 686 562
percent 33% 18%
Jabs landed 6th 2
Thrown bumps 187 189
percent 3% 1%
The power landed 219 98
Power thrown 499 373
percent 44% 26%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Isaac Avelar won a unilateral unanimous decision on the late replacement Sakaria Lukas with scorecards of 98-92 (three times). The big difference in this fight was the power differences between Avelar and Luke. Avelar landed some big punches early and often found success with his straight left hand from a south paw stance.

Early on, Avelar was able to move Lukas effortlessly. However, when the fight got into the middle rounds, Lukas found his rhythm and was accurate with his right hand in the middle. If Lukas (23-1, 16 KOs) had a little more power and maybe a little younger, he might have had the chance to make a decision or even a break against Avelar (17-2, 10 KOs). But Canelito could do more than enough to avoid serious risk of defeat.

Mielnicki dominates Pulluaim, remains undefeated

Vito Mielnicki Jr., right, remained undefeated with a unilateral unanimous win over Steven Pulluaim. Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

Strike statistics

Blows Mielnicki Pulluaim
Landed overall 121 47
Totally thrown 309 247
percent 39% 19%
Jabs landed 14th 7th
Thrown bumps 65 91
percent 22% 8th%
The power landed 107 40
Power thrown 244 156
percent 44% 26%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Vito Mielnicki Jr. tried to knock out Steven Pulluaim early, but despite some early defeats and an injured opponent, Mielnicki (7-0, 4 KOs) opted for a unanimous decision. The fight was scored 60-52 on all three cards, giving Mielnicki a win in his first fight under famed trainer Joe Goossen.

The 18-year-old from New Jersey landed a right hook that dropped Pulluaim – a blow that Pulluaim landed behind the head. On the next round, Pulluaim hit the canvas after hitting the belt, which he thought was a little low. Pulluaim (5-3, 1 KO) was able to stay on his feet for the rest of the fight, but was not up to the young prospect.

Delgado upsets Brooks in split decision win

Strike statistics

Blows Brooks Delgado
Landed overall 85 95
Totally thrown 366 387
percent 23% 25%
Jabs landed 20th 5
Thrown bumps 172 85
percent 12% 6%
The power landed 65 90
Power thrown 194 302
percent 34% 30%
– Courtesy of CompuBox

Spence Camp is hoping that the Saturday night launch of the TV card is no omen for the team for the rest of the evening. Burley Brooks, under the direction of Spence coach Derrick James, suffered a rather surprising loss to Marco Delgado.

Delgado won in a separate decision, 59-53, 55-57, 59-53, in a bout that was nowhere near as close as the scorecards indicated. Despite being tall and at a major disadvantage, Delgado was able to get in easily and land big hooks and power shots on almost every lap, including the second when Brooks hobbled off a left hook on the top of the head. Brooks was docked two points for low blows, which made Judge Javier Alvarez's scorecard in his favor even more puzzling. It's a great moment for Delgado (7-1, 5 KOs) and one that should be an important learning experience for Brooks (6-1, 5 KOs) as he continues his career.