Errol Spence Jr. believes a win over Mikey Garcia this weekend will assure him of the top spot in the pound for pound rankings.
The pair face off at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in an eagerly anticipated Pay-Per-View match-up.
Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) is no stranger to big stadium events. He won the IBF title by traveling to England to take on then-champion Kell Brook at Brammall Lane soccer stadium on May 27, 2017.
In front of a raucous crowd of over 27,000 loyal Brook supporters, the 28-year-old Spence stopped Brook in round 11 to wrestle away the title.
This will be Spence’s third defense of the title. After beating Brook, he successfully defended it with an eighth-round stoppage of two-division champion Lamont Peterson.
Spence then knocked out mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo in the first round. That contest took place at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on June 16.
Turning pro shortly after representing the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics with much promise, Spence rose to the championship ranks with wins over former champion Chris Algieri. Plus veteran contenders Leonard Bundu, Alejandro Barrera and Chris van Heerden.
“I can’t wait for March 16th. It doesn’t get bigger than this,” said Spence.
“If I beat Mikey Garcia the way I plan on beating him, I will be the guy in the sport. This is my year and Mikey isn’t going to stop me.
“I want to put on a great show for the fans and win convincingly.”
On fighting at the AT & T Stadium, an excited Spence added: “Fighting at AT&T Stadium in my hometown is a dream come true. This is something that still hasn’t really hit me yet.
“I try not to get caught up in the moment, but this is my favorite team that I’ve watched since I was sitting on my dad’s lap.”
Spence’s trainer Derrick James said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s been a really good ride with Errol and myself.
“This is our 10th year working together and this is a beautiful place for everything to culminate.
“Mikey is a true fighter and he has a phenomenal trainer in his brother and father. We’re prepared for him and in shape right now. We’re ready to go.”
Tickets for this showdown, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now.
They can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.