We all now look ahead to the new year in boxing, and ponder what fights will occur, who will rise and fall in stature, and what superstars will thrust themselves up into that rarified air, the territory where they are known even to non boxing people.
The person who wins the March 16 welterwweight clash, between IBF 147 champ Errol Spence, the heavy lidded soft spoken heavy hitting drawler from Texas, and Cali boxer Mikey Garcia, whose been an ace at 126, 130 and 135 but is looking to make a conculsive stamp on the welter stage, could upgrade their status.
They collide in Texas, and their scrap will be presented on PPV.
The hype countdown starts now…
First, some paperwork…some administrative business, some HR stuff to deal with…
Mikey is now in the Bay Area, training at Victor Conte’s SNAC facility. The Notorious V.I.C. has advised Garcia for a couple years but for the first time will have the hitter from the family of fight royalty on site.
Conte told me Thursday that Mikey Garcia's VADA enrollment forms were turned in that day and Spence Jr is scheduled to send in his forms Friday.
There will be VADA testing for the Spence vs Garcia fight from now until March 16, 2019, he shared.
I messaged someone from VADA and someone from Team Spence to verify. VADA couldn’t comment, they said, and trainer Derrick James did: He said he wasn’t sure on the specifics of testing for this fight, but noted that Errol gets tested for every bout. Any insinuation that Jermell Charlo or Spence skirts rules and regulations is wrong, James asserted: “We play fair,” he told NYFights.