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Errol Spence must impress against Danny Garcia to prove he is a superstar

Errol Spence said it himself, he would be asking the same questions of others had they survived a car crash on the scale of his in October last year.

Will he ever be the same again?

The defence of his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against Danny Garcia in Texas, originally scheduled for January, was pulled after he barrel rolled his Ferrari in Dallas.

That he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt probably saved his life. He was thrown from the car sustaining a fractured jaw, concussion and terrible facial injuries.

His motor folded like a crisp packet, begging the question how does any walk away from that kind of incident the same person.

Errol Spence takes on Danny Garcia this weekend

We are about to find out against Garcia. Spence says choosing Garcia for his first fight since the split decision win over Shawn Porter in September last year is an answer in itself.

Garcia is a tough opponent but was arguably at his best at super lightweight. For me Garcia is a bit lazy in that he sits back and waits for the opponent to initiate.

He has a great chin and looks to strike on the counter. That’s what he did against Amir Khan when he announced himself with that shock win eight years ago.

To beat Spence, as Porter almost proved, you have to get after him. I can’t see that happening.

This fight is about how Spence lights up the night. Does he still have the spite and the hunger?

I always identified Spence as a special talent. His best display to date was against Kell Brook in Sheffield, when he broke him down and finished him in the 11th.

But we are still waiting for that one, great performance.

Though he dropped Porter in the 11th, he did not have it all his own way, leaving me to question whether he would prevail were he ever to share a ring with Terence Crawford.

That fight has to take place and this is Spence’s opportunity to make it happen, to put the pressure on the powers that be.

If Spence were fighting Crawford this weekend I would make the latter favourite. So Spence has to give us something against Garcia to show us he is the superstar we all thought he could be.

There is nothing as exciting in all of sport as the big boxing showdown. Spence versus Crawford is potentially the Leonard/Hearns, Hagler/Hearns, Leonard/Duran of this era.

And goodness knows we could do with some cheer, so let this fight light the touch paper.

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