Errol Spence Jr. to defend title vs. Danny Garcia
Errol Spence Jr. will defend his title with fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium. © Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Errol Spence Jr. to defend welterweight title vs. Danny Garcia at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 5 in front of fans

As Steve Kim wrote for ESPN, the unified welterweight title fight between champion Errol Spence Jr. and challenger Danny Garcia has been moved to Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. 

The bout was originally planned for Nov. 21 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but promoters had placed holds on other venues with the hope that spectators could attend despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has welcomed fans at reduced capacities for Cowboys games this fall. Dallas averaged over 23,000 spectators in the club's first two home contests of the season, per ESPN

As is the case for the National League Championship Series and World Series held at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, seats for the upcoming boxing event will be sold in "pods" to allow for social distancing. Attendees will be required to wear masks or other face coverings when not actively eating or drinking. 

Spence improved to 26-0 with a win over Shawn Porter in September 2019 but was involved in a serious car accident the following month. 

According to Ryan O'Hara of FightNights.com, Spence received probation after he was found to be driving while intoxicated. 

Garcia, who served as unified and lineal junior lightweight champion before he transitioned to welterweight, beat Ivan Redkach in January to improve to 36-2-0. He'll be competing in Spence's home state. 

"Every time Spence fights in front of his hometown fans, it is an unforgettable and energetic evening," president of TGB Promotions Tom Brown said of the native of DeSoto, Texas. "We're excited to be able to bring those fans this great matchup."

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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