When it was first announced that Mikey Garcia would be moving up in weight to challenge Errol Spence for the Welterweight title, the immediate reaction from 95 percent of the boxing and mainstream fans was that Garcia was too small and that it was going to be easy work for Spence. Although those tuned in to “The Punchline With Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez” know that the guys have given Mikey more then a fair shot at pulling out the victory.
Most lean towards Spence, but As ESPN’s Lee Corso says often…”Not so fast!” The excitement and build up for Saturday night has turned this event at AT&T Stadium into a big fight and many have switched their vote as they’ve seen Garcia prepare with the “eye of the tiger.” The look that made Spence admittedly start training harder after the final promotional tour face off in which Spence told Fighthype.com (in this interview ) what he saw in Garcia. Punchline will be in attendance. Stay tuned to The Punchline facebook page for live results as the 17 bout card goes on! Will it be ultimate glory for Garcia, or will Spence prove how special he is? Here’s what Punchline poll says…
James Dominguez: Garcia Split Decision
Simon Ruvalcaba: Spence by close but unanimous decision
Amy Green: Torn between a draw or split decision for Garcia
Daymon Martinez: Mikey Garcia Majority decision
Esteban Al Saghani: Spence 115-113..I’m a huge Mikey Garcia fan, but I think Spence might edge it. I think the key element of this fight is the distance in which it’s fought and who comes forward and how the other reacts?
Bobby Sanchez: Garcia late round TKO
Rich Marotta: Spence by decision.. I think the body punching of Spence will take it out of Mikey late.
Arnulfo Bravo: Spence…He’s too big, southpaw, and can box. The main factor is the size, at fight night Spence will be a middleweight and Garcia won’t gain too much after 147 lbs.
Javier Molina: Spence..It’s gonna be good but I think Spence might be a little too much for Garcia?
Charles Presnell: Spence by majority decision…it will be close, but most will see Spence winning 7 rounds to 5.
About the Editor
Army Veteran and former Professional Boxer Simon Ruvalcaba started boxing at the age of ten and Had a 71 fight amateur career which featured a 139 lbs. 1998 8th U.S. Army Boxing Championship out of Camp Casey, Korea and a spot on the prestigious Army Boxing Team at Fort Hood, TX. After a journeyman pro career of 18 fights, which included sparring sessions with many champions and contenders including Julio Cesar Chavez and Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker, Simon started writing and has contributed to many publications and websites including fighthype.com, pound4pound.com, Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA), Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV) and also writes a monthly boxing column for Tahoeonstage.com. He has also been the Boxing Instructor for Ken Shamrock and The Lions Den and was UFC star Paige VanZant’s first boxing coach!
Born and Raised in South Lake Tahoe, California he now resides in Sun Valley, Nevada and spends as much time as possible with his Son Gabriel! Beyond boxing, Simon is an all around sports fanatic and is passionate about the teams that he roots for!