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win vs Carlos Ocampo
Jun 16, 2018 / The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas
Spence Jr. defended his IBF world title for the first time in Dallas, Texas, scoring a first-round KO over mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo.
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Errol Spence Jr. News
Champions Shawn Porter, Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman, former titleholders Andre Berto, Adrien Broner, Luis Collazo and Danny Garcia, top 147-pound contenders Jamal James and Yordenis Ugas and unified lightweight champion Mikey Garcia all discuss their eagerness to face one another for welterweight glory.
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Errol Spence Jr. Fights
Win vs Oscar Ocampo 22-0-0
Jun 16, 2018 • The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas
Errol Spence Jr.EE WINS against Oscar OcampoOO by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Lamont Peterson 35-3-1
Jan 20, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Errol Spence Jr.EE WINS against Lamont PetersonLL by TKO in Round 7 of 12
WIN vs Kell Brook
May 27, 2017 • Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Kell BrookKK LOSES to Errol Spence Jr.EE 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.EE WINS against Leonard BunduLL by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Chris Algieri
Apr 16, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Errol Spence JrEE WINS against Chris AlgieriCC by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Alejandro Barrera
Nov 28, 2015 • The Bomb Factory, Dallas
Errol Spence JrEE WINS against Alejandro BarreraAA by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Chris van Heerden
Sep 11, 2015 • Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto
Errol Spence JrEE WINS against Chris van HeerdenCC by TKO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Phil Lo Greco
Jun 20, 2015 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Errol Spence JrEE WINS against Phil Lo GrecoPP 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 JrEE WINS against Samuel VargasSS 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 JrEE WINS against Javier CastroJJ 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 JrEE WINS against Noe BolanosNN 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 JrEE WINS against Ronald CruzRR 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 JrEE WINS against Raymond CharlesRR 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 JrEE WINS against Peter OluochPP 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 JrEE WINS against Gerardo CuevasGG 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 JrEE WINS against Emmanuel Lartei LarteyEE 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 JrEE WINS against Jesus TaveraJJ 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 JrEE WINS against Eddie CordovaEE 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 JrEE WINS against Guillermo IbarraGG 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 JrEE WINS against Brandon HoskinsBB 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 JrEE WINS against Luis TorresLL 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 JrEE WINS against Nathan ButcherNN 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 JrEE WINS against Richard AndrewsRR 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 JrEE WINS against Jonathan GarciaJJ by KO in Round 3 of 4
Errol Spence Jr Bio
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, beginning his run of 11-straight knockouts that encompass dethroning England’s Kell Brook for the IBF’s 147-pound title in May 2017. A fifth-round TKO of Javier Castro that December completed Spence’s 5-0 mark in 2014.
Continuing to rise through the ranks
Spence had a busy 2015, going 4-0 by stopping Samuel Vargas, Phil LoGreco, Chris van Heerden and Alejandro Berrera all for the first time in their careers. Their combined records were 97-5-1, with LoGreco having lost a 10-rounder to former champion Shawn Porter in 2013.
That dominance continued in 2016, when Spence scored three knockdowns during a fifth-round TKO of former 140-pound champion Chris Algieri in April and a pair of final-round knockdowns during a sixth-round KO of Leonard Bundu in August—which drew big TV ratings.
The telecast, which immediately followed the U.S. men’s basketball team’s gold medal-winning victory over Serbia on the final day of the Rio Olympics, averaged 4.8 million viewers, with a peak of more than 6.3 million. That makes it the biggest television audience for boxing in 18 years.
Algieri had suffered 12-round unanimous decision losses to former champions Manny Pacquiao (2014) and Amir Khan (2015), and Bundu the same against undefeated current titleholder Keith Thurman (2014), rising from a first-round knockdown.
Spence traveled to Sheffield, England, in May 2017, where he dethroned Brook before 27,000 Brits. Spence scored 10th-and final-round knockdowns of Brook, who suffered a broken orbital bone in his severely swollen left eye.
In Brook, Spence defeated a man who dethroned Porter and became the first American to earn a title from an English champion on foreign soil since 2008 when Tim Bradley upset Junior Witter in Nottingham for a 140-pound title.
Defending with dominance
Spence’s has made two defenses—a one knockdown, seventh-round stoppage of two-division champion Lamont Peterson in January, and a first-round KO of previously unbeaten Carlos Ocampo in June at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys’ training center near his hometown of DeSoto.
Peterson had rebounded from a 143-pound majority decision loss to two-division champion Danny Garcia in 2015 with a majority decision win over Felix Diaz in October 2015 and a unanimous decision victory over David Avaneysyan in February 2017.
“It’s a factor when guys go the distance with other fighters and I knock them out. I always want to outperform my foes,” said Spence, adding that he wants “to rule with an iron fist” and “be pound-for-pound No. 1.”
“There’s a lot of people salivating for me to be No. 1, and I should be by next year. A unification fight with the winner between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter is probably going to happen during the first quarter of next year. Hopefully I’ll be mentioned as an all-time great like Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather, and Tommy Hearns and Oscar De La Hoya.”