Arlington, Texas-It was an ugly lack of sportsmanship and compassion. Errol Spence Jr. resorted to bullying opponent Mickey Garcia in order to retain his IBF welterweight title. “It was sad to see” said one fight fan. “You could hear him threatening Garcia the entire time. How is Garcia supposed to perform while being threatened to get punched in the face?” From the opening bell, Spence moved aggressively towards Garcia, throwing punches at him and intimating that he would physically harm Garcia if he tried to win the boxing match.
“Bullying is not acceptable in this day and age. We will not tolerate anyone who engages in this abusive and hurtful behavior.” said Cameron McKinley of the Anti Bullying Association. “If he wants to defend his belt, he needs to find a better way to do it. I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that he was being a bully or that he thought it was okay and would get away with it.”. There will be a rally to support Garcia on Monday. “I hope this doesn’t affect his self esteem. We need to show him that we believe in him. He can be a champion without resorting to the tactics Spence used. Errol Spence Jr. couldn’t be reached for a comment but appears to be enjoying his victory despite the criticism.