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Errol Spence vs Danny Garcia Breakdown: The Importance of the Jab

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  • December 6, 2020April 22, 2021

Errol Spence vs Danny Garcia Recap:

Errol Spence is back. After many (myself included) were left wondering if Errol Spence would be the same after that horrific car crash, our questions have been answered definitively. Errol Spence entered the ring this past Saturday, not in a tune-up fight, but against a very tough opponent in Danny Garcia. While I once would’ve picked Errol Spence to win, I thought this was too-much-too-soon and that he would have some lingering effects from his car crash (and ring rust) and would lose to Danny.

Instead, Errol Spence took control of the fight with a dominant jab. He had great moments as well, and put together great combinations to the body, but his jab swung what otherwise would be close rounds to clear rounds for Errol and he, on my scorecard, won by a wide margin.

In Errol Spence vs Danny Garcia, you see Errol Spence throw a variety of different jabs.
– Sometimes it was from the high guard over Danny’s jab (having his hand high = shorter distance to travel!). This happened almost every time Danny threw his jab, Errol would have the upper hand to parry/counter with his own jab in one motion. Try and count how many times that happened in this video, it’s automatic.
– Other times you’d see Errol Spence split Danny’s guard with his jab. And just like his jabs from the high guard, there’s zero retraction – the punch shoots straight out.
– And if Danny ever tried to pivot off to the side, you’d see Errol track his movement with his jab, while moving with him, lining him up for a cross.
Many rounds in this fight felt close, but Errol edged them with a dominant and controlling jab. Compubox reflected that with them equal in power punches, Errol out jabbing Danny by a lot. In the end, Errol won the fight by a wide UD.

Next Up: Hopefully Terence Crawford is up next for Errol Spence, and he’s a class above Danny Garcia. If Terence Crawford had trouble with Kell Brook’s jab, I think he will also have some trouble with Errol Spence’s jab. But unlike the Kell Brook fight, Bud won’t be able to shift southpaw and take away the jab with Errol Spence naturally fighting out of the southpaw position. I’d imagine his jab would be equally effective against another southpaw, where he doesn’t have to worry about lead hand control and keeping his foot on the outside. If Terence Crawford stays orthodox, I’d imagine Errol Spence will have similar success to Kell Brook as he did in the first two rounds of his fight against Bud.

By the way, I don’t have a pick between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence. The jab dynamic will be interesting early in the fight, but we know that Bud will make adjustments throughout the fight. It will be interesting to see how that fight progresses.

About the Author:

Coach Ian is an ultra-marathon runner and a volunteer coach at the non-profit boxing organization, Dreamland Boxing, in San Jose, CA. He competed in boxing for both Dreamland and collegiately at UCLA. His goal is to empower all to be the best that they can be, in boxing and in life. You can find Coach Ian on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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