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Here’s a list of some of PBC's top rising stars. Boxers on this list are on a hot streak, like a slugger in baseball on a hitting streak or a running back in football who keeps posting 100-yard rushing games. They’re not ranked in any particular order. We’ll leave that to you—the reader.
This week in boxing history, PBC spotlights two spirited lightweight battles, remembers a featherweight legend, celebrates a young welterweight star and flashes back to a heavyweight Hall of Famer’s last title defense.
Here’s a list of some of PBC's top rising stars. Boxers on this list have been on a hot streak, like a slugger in baseball on a hitting streak or a running back in football who keeps posting 100-yard rushing games. Other than alphabetical, they’re not ranked in any particular order. We’ll leave that to you—the reader.
WIN vs Kell Brook
May 27, 2017 • Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Kell Brook LOSES to Errol Spence Jr. by KO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Leonard Bundu
Aug 21, 2016 • Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, New York
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Leonard Bundu by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Chris Algieri
Apr 16, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Chris Algieri by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Alejandro Barrera
Nov 28, 2015 • The Bomb Factory, Dallas
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Alejandro Barrera by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Chris van Heerden
Sep 11, 2015 • Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Chris van Heerden by TKO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Phil Lo Greco
Jun 20, 2015 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Phil Lo Greco by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Samuel Vargas 20-1-1
Apr 11, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Samuel Vargas by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Javier Castro 27-7-0
Dec 13, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Javier Castro by TKO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Noe Bolanos 24-10-1
Sep 11, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Noe Bolanos by RTD in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Ronald Cruz 20-3-0
Jun 27, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Ronald Cruz by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Raymond Charles 12-2-2
Apr 18, 2014 • Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Raymond Charles by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Peter Oluoch 12-6-2
Feb 10, 2014 • Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Peter Oluoch by KO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Gerardo Cuevas 17-10-0
Dec 13, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Gerardo Cuevas by RTD in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Emmanuel Lartei Lartey 15-0-1
Oct 14, 2013 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Emmanuel Lartei Lartey by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jesus Tavera 5-3-0
Sep 12, 2013 • MGM Grand, MGM Conference Center, Premier Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Jesus Tavera by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Eddie Cordova 4-4-1
Jul 20, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Eddie Cordova by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Guillermo Ibarra 11-3-0
Jun 01, 2013 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Guillermo Ibarra by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Brandon Hoskins 16-4-1
May 03, 2013 • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Brandon Hoskins by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Luis Torres 4-2-3
Mar 02, 2013 • Our Lady of the Lake University Gym, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Luis Torres by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Nathan Butcher 0-1-0
Jan 26, 2013 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Nathan Butcher by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Richard Andrews 5-2-3
Dec 15, 2012 • Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Richard Andrews by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Jonathan Garcia 3-3-0
Nov 09, 2012 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Jonathan Garcia by KO in Round 3 of 4
Errol Spence Jr. has announced himself as one of boxing's top stars, making quick work of most of his opponents in his rise to becoming a 147-pound world champion. A U.S. Olympian in 2012, the unbeaten southpaw began boxing at age 15 under his father’s guidance.
Spence may not have a ton of ring experience yet, but you can’t entirely blame him—that’s just what happens when you stop most of your opponents in the early rounds.
That’s been a good problem for Spence so far in his professional career, as the Desoto, Texas, resident has only had to go the distance three times in maintaining a perfect record.
The southpaw packs a lot of power, and has shown a real knack for inflicting early damage and then pouncing, putting his opponents away before some fans have even taken their seats.
Early flashes of stardom
Spence has been using that blueprint since his amateur days.
He won the International Amateur Boxing Association world championship in 2008, and then captured the U.S. National Amateur championship three straight years (2009-11).
He won the 147-pound title at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials before losing in the quarterfinals at the London Games.
Developing as a professional
Spence showed his knockout ability in his professional debut in November 2012, finishing off Jonathan Garcia in the third round.
He then KO’d six of his next seven opponents, five of them in the first round.
That’s not to say that Spence can’t last, however. Ronald Cruz went the distance with Spence in Las Vegas in June 2014, but the former Olympian didn’t lose a round and won the 10-round bout by unanimous decision.
“These are the kind of fights I need more of,” Spence told the Las Vegas Review-Journal afterward. “If I’m going to get better, I need to have tough fights like this.”
Taking the next step
Spence followed up his win over Cruz by stopping Noe Bolanos in the second round of their fight in Las Vegas in September 2014.
He then finished off Javier Castro in the fifth round in Las Vegas three months later.
After going 5-0 in 2014, Spence is now looking to step up his competition after establishing himself as one of boxing top young prospects.
If his track record is any indication, it won’t take him very long to climb to the top of the 147-pound division.
Continuing to rise through the ranks
Spence opened 2015 in dominating fashion, scoring a fourth-round TKO of Samuel Vargas in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11 in a Premier Boxing Champions bout shown live on NBC Sports Network.
Spence controlled the fight from the opening bell, and scored a knockdown in the second round.
After another one-sided stanza in the third, Spence finished the job in the fourth with a combination that prompted referee Tony Chiarantano to stop the bout. It was the first stoppage in 23 professional fights for Vargas (20-2-1).
The punch statistics revealed the complete domination by Spence, who landed 135 of 275 total punches (49 percent) compared to 15 of 93 (16 percent) for Vargas.
Making quick work of Lo Greco
Spence continued his advancement within the 147-pound division when he faced Phil Lo Greco at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on June 20, 2015, in a Premier Boxing Champions bout that aired in prime time on NBC.
Lo Greco, who replaced Roberto Garcia as Spence's opponent just two days before the fight, went right at the talented Texan in the first round, and his aggressiveness earned him the frame on all three judges' scorecards.
Spence stepped up his attack in Round 2, and the skillful southpaw used his speed to land a series of powerful left hands against Lo Greco.
Spence didn't waste much time finishing the job. He dropped Lo Greco with a short right hand to the temple early in Round 3, then forced Lo Greco against the ropes with a left hand shortly after that.
When Spence rocked Lo Greco with a left hook later in the round, referee Robert Byrd stepped in to stop the fight with 1:10 left, giving Spence the victory by TKO.