Errol Spence Jr. Profile
|Born||Mar 03, 1990|
|Birthplace||Long Island, New York, USA|
|Division||Welterweight Limit: 147 Pounds|
|Professional Record||27-0 (21)|
Billed as "The Truth', Errol Spence Jr. has already achieved a lot during his 27 fight professional career winning multiple world titles in the welterweight division.
The American boxer is currently the unified welterweight world champion, holding the WBC and IBF titles. He is widely considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in world boxing today.
Before he turned professional, he had a glittering career as an amateur. He is the winner of multiple national titles in the welterweight division. He also won the US Golden Gloves title in 2009, and he followed that up with a silver medal in 2010.
'The Truth' represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London and since turning pro later that year he has established himself as one of the top fighters of the modern-era.
Perhaps his defining moment came in unexpected surroundings, at the Bramall Lane Stadium in Sheffield. It was there where he defeated beloved local boy Kell Brook to become the new IBF welterweight world champion.
Spence has since picked up impressive victories over the likes of Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia. He is undefeated from his 27 professional bouts.
Spence has a lot that he can go onto achieve before he hangs up his gloves with some huge fights are in the pipeline if they can get made.
Errol Spence Jr's next fight
Spence last fought in December 2020 against Garcia at the AT&T Stadium in Texas. This was contested over the world IBF and WBC welterweight belts.
'The Truth' was comfortably the better fighter over the 12-rounds, as he retained his titles via unanimous decision. The fight was scored 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112, all in favour of the champion.
It was his first fight since he suffered multiple injuries from a car crash in 2019.
But "Manny" has been stripped of that belt due to his inactivity. Yordenis Ugas is the new champion after he was elevated from being the holder of the WBA (Regular) belt.
This means that a fight against Ugas is most likely next as Spence tries to add more belts to his resume. The WBA (Super) champion has a record of 26-4, with 12 of his wins coming via stoppage.
The 34-year-old's most recent defeat came at the hands of Shawn Porter in March 2019. This was contested for Porter's WBC welterweight title.
Ugas caused Porter problems but was defeated via split decision after 12-rounds of action. A bout between Spence and Ugas is likely to take place this summer.
The greatest hits: Brook, Garcia and Porter
'The Truth' racked up an undefeated record of 21-0 by August 2016. This earned him the mandatory position for Brook's IBF welterweight title.
The odds were stacked against Spence, as he challenged for the title in front of 27,000 of The Special One's loyalist fans at Bramall Lane, the home of his beloved Sheffield United. This was also the first time that Spence had fought professionally outside of North America.
This did not bother the challenger though, as he gradually broke Brook down the deeper they got into the fight. Power shots kept getting thrown by both men until the American backed the hometown man on the ropes in the tenth-round.
Spence unleashed an onslaught on Brook, which forced the champion to take a knee. He survived the round even though his eye injury was getting worse the closer the fight got to conclusion.
Brook took a knee in the eleventh round with visibility becoming more and more of an issue. He did not beat the count so Spence was crowned world champion after a phenomenal performance.
He convincingly defended his title against Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo, picking up stoppage wins in both bouts. Next up was a fight with former world lightweight champion, Garcia.
The step-up in weight was too much for the challenger. Spence dominated as he won every round in the eyes of all three judges to retain his title.
Spence then fought WBC welterweight champion Porter in late 2019. This proved to be his toughest fight as world champion to date.
It was a back-and-forth contest that eventually went the distance. One judge scored it 115-111 for Porter, but the other two had it 116-112 for Spence to hand him the victory.
His first fight as a unified champion came against Garcia in December 2020. Even though he was out of the ring for over a year, this did not have much of an impact on Spence. He was comfortably the better fighter and he won via unanimous decision to retain his belts.
Spence is of Jamaican heritage but he was born in Long Island, New York. It was his father who first introduced him to boxing.
He is a private individual as not much about his life is made known to the public. However, he is the father of two daughters - Ivy and Violet - and he regularly post pictures of his kids on social media.
The American was in a serious car crash in October 2019 while driving his Ferrari 488 Spider. He lost control of the vehicle, as it veered off the road and flipped.
It was later revealed that Spence had consumed alcohol earlier in that day and he was subsequently convicted on a drink driving charge.
Spence avoided jail time and despite not suffering any broken bones, he was out of the ring for over a year prior to his return in December 2020.
Spence enjoyed an impressive career as an amateur. His best moment came in 2009 as he won the US Golden Gloves championships.
More accolades were to come as he won the US national welterweight crown for three straight years between 2009 and 2011.
His last act as an amateur came as he represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London. He did not go out with a bang though, as he lost to Russian Andrey Zamkovoy at the quarter-final stage.
Spence's net worth as of early 2021 is believed to be around $7million. This is built off his most recent world level fights against the likes of Brook, Garcia and Porter.
The American was guaranteed to earn £1million for beating the Englishman, with his purses for his latest fights being in the multi-million bracket.
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- May 25, 2021