Errol Spence faces Danny Garcia in first title fight since crash

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Errol Spence Jr. seen during a workout at Gleason's Gym in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence is set for another title defence in his home state of Texas in what would be his first fight since avoiding serious injury in a high-speed car crash in Dallas last year.

Spence and Danny Garcia are scheduled to fight Dec. 5 at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, where Spence defended his IBF title by beating Mikey Garcia in early 2019. The Cowboys say they are planning to have fans for the event.

In September 2019, Spence added the WBC welterweight title to his IBF strap with a thrilling split-decision victory over Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.

A month later, after beating Porter, Spence flipped his Ferrari while speeding on a Dallas street in the early morning hours. Spence was ejected but didn’t sustain any broken bones or fractures and was treated for facial lacerations. The crash led to charges of drunken driving.

Spence has twice defended his IBF title near his hometown, the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. One of the title defences was against Carlos Ocampo in the 12,000-seat indoor football stadium that’s part of team headquarters for the Cowboys in Frisco, about 30 miles north of Dallas.

The 30-year-old Spence, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is 26-0 with 21 knockouts.

Garcia most recently earned a 12-round decision over Ivan Redkach in New York in January. The 32-year-old Philadelphia native is a two-division champion with a 36-2 record. Garcia also has 21 knockouts.

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