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Texas-bred southpaw and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. is one of the greatest welterweights of his era. The former unified world champion has faced a who's who of top 147-pounders on his way to establishing Hall of Fame credentials. Read Bio
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Errol Spence Jr. News
Michael Rosenthal takes a look back at Terence Crawford's epic win over Errol Spence Jr. last Saturday and the entire Pay-Per-View card.
The three-division titlist wins an unprecedented second undisputed crown, this time at welterweight, with a masterful stoppage win over the gutty Errol Spence Jr. Saturday night on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
A thorough breakdown of the best boxing matchup the sport has witnessed in decades as Spence and Crawford battle for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship Saturday night on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
Errol Spence Jr. Fights
Loss vs Terence Crawford 40-0-0
Jul 29, 2023 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Errol Spence Jr. LOSES to Terence Crawford by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Yordenis Ugas 27-5-0
Apr 16, 2022 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Yordenis Ugas by TKO in Round 10 of 12
Win vs Danny Garcia 37-3-0
Dec 05, 2020 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Danny Garcia by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Shawn Porter 31-4-1
Sep 28, 2019 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Shawn Porter by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Mikey Garcia 40-2-0
Mar 16, 2019 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Mikey Garcia by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Oscar Ocampo 34-1-0
Jun 16, 2018 • The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Oscar Ocampo by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Carlos Ocampo Manriquez 22-0-0
Jun 16, 2018 • The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Carlos Ocampo Manriquez by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Carlos Ocampo 34-1-0
Jun 16, 2018 • The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Carlos Ocampo by KO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Lamont Peterson 35-5-1
Jan 20, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Errol Spence Jr. WINS against Lamont Peterson by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Lamont Peterson 35-5-1
Jan 20, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Lamont Peterson by RTD in Round 7 of 12
WIN vs Kell Brook 39-3-0
May 27, 2017 • Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Kell Brook LOSES to Errol Spence Jr. by KO in Round 11 of 12
WIN vs Kell Brook 39-3-0
May 27, 2017 • Bramall Lane Football Ground, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Kell Brook LOSES to Errol Spence Jr by KO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Leonard Bundu 33-2-2
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 Leonard Bundu 33-2-2
Aug 21, 2016 • Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island, New York, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Leonard Bundu by KO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Chris Algieri 24-3-0
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 27-6-0
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 23-1-1
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 28-4-0
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 31-6-2
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 Lartey 15-0-1
Oct 14, 2013 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Errol Spence Jr WINS against Emmanuel Lartey by UD in Round 8 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 Bio
Texas-bred southpaw and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. is one of the greatest welterweights of his era. The former unified world champion has faced a who's who of top 147-pounders on his way to establishing Hall of Fame credentials.
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.”
THE BIG TIME IN BIG D
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Spence looked to add to his already-impressive credentials by facing unbeaten four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in the main event of the first-ever FOX Pay-Per-View fight, which took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas—the home of the Dallas, Cowboys, a team that Spence idolized growing up.
"This 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 said. "Any athlete would love to have their home team supporting them. It just so happens I have the most popular team in the world right here in Dallas. I'm very humbled and it feels great to represent Dallas."
Spence represented in a major way. The outcome of this one was never in doubt. Spence dominated the fight, shutting Garcia out to earn a unanimous decision in front of nearly 50,000 fans. Against a fellow top pound-for-pound fighter, Spence showed his potential to be at the very top of the sport.
While Garcia showed his mettle in making it the distance, Spence was simply too effective, with one judge even scoring round 11 10-8 for Spence. Spence threw a career-high 1082 punches and out landed Garcia by a staggering 345 to 75 margin.
After 12-rounds of action, all three judges saw the fight for Spence, by scores of 120-108 twice and 120-107.
"The motivation fighting in front of my hometown crowd made me feel great," said Spence. "These people have supported me since day one and I wanted to put on a good performance for all of them."
Spence vs. Porter: A Battle for the Ages
Spence was on a mission to prove he was the king of the stacked welterweight division. To that end, on September 28, 2019, he took on WBC World Welterweight Champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter in an highly-anticipated unification match at Staples Center in Los Angeles, live on FOX Sports pay-per-view.
The fight proved greater than the hype. The two champions engaged in a spellbinding war from the opening bell; the see-saw action never stopped. And when it was all over, the 16,702 in attendance at Staples Center in Los Angeles were as exhilarated as the combatants.
Though there were no losers in this headlining event on PBC on FOX Sports PPV, there could only be one winner. Spence Jr. remained undefeated, adding the WBC World Welterweight title to his IBF strap by 12-round split decision.
Further, Spence showed that underneath his calm Southern demeanor, behind the traditional high guard and sublime southpaw skills, the Desoto, Texas native is all heart.
Porter never folded, even in the eleventh, when Spence’s picture-perfect counter left hand caused his eyes to roll in the back of his head and his gloves to touch the canvas. And in the end, the Akron, Ohio native earned the respect of an arena that was largely pro-Spence at the fight’s outset.
After a feel-out opener, both fighters went to work: Porter stepping inside Spence’s jab to unload combinations, Spence countering to the body. Back and forth it went, with the busier Porter winning the early frames with his awkward, mauling style and the elite athleticism that allowed him to instantly switch angles.
Spence found his rhythm in the fifth, using his jab to keep Porter at bay and countering whenever his shorter foe got past it. Spence continued to outbox him in the sixth but the action picked up again in the seventh as Porter found his second wind. Much of the frame was spent in close quarters, each fighter pounding away at the other’s ribcage.
The action kept getting better. In the eighth, a jab followed by a straight left to the solar plexus hurt Porter, who was forced to get on his bicycle…and then walked Spence into his own left, a hook upstairs, that momentarily buzzed him. Both stood their ground for the rest of the stanza, trading bombs like two nations without inhabitants.
Everyone stood and cheered as the round came to the close—and they were back on their feet during the ninth. The bout appeared up for grabs headed into the tenth. At the start of that round, Spence shimmied to the music playing on the loudspeaker. The crowd roared their approval, then cheered some more as the fighters exchanged body punches.
Then in the eleventh, Spence broke through. Using his jab to lure his opponent in, a beautiful counter left cross wobbled Porter and caused his gloves to touch the canvas. Porter gamely rose to his feet and then motioned for Spence to bring it on. He obliged, unloading his best even as Porter fought back with power punches.
Spence sought to close the show in the twelfth but it wasn’t meant to be. Porter never stopped returning fire. It was enough to earn him a 115-112 score on the card of Larry Hazzard Jr. Ray Danseco had it 116-111 and Steve Weisfeld 116-111, both for Spence, the new unified world welterweight champion.
After twelve hellacious rounds, the two combatants embraced.
“Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter,” Spence admitted. “I didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He made it tough.
“It feels good to win. This is a lifetime dream. It shows hard work pays off. Thanks Shawn Porter, my whole team and all my Texas people for coming out.”
Along with those Texas people, former two-division world champion Danny Garcia also came out—and confronted Spence in the ring, calling for a bout in 2020.
“My how the tables have turned,” Spence responded. “I’ve told my team, you line them up, I’ll knock them down.”
A Remarkable Return
Days after his big win over Porter, Spence suffered a horrific, single-car accident where he miraculously survived being thrown from his car before it flipped several times and crashed into a utility pole.
Spence was lucky to be alive. Many wondered if he'd fight again. The terrible accident and the recent birth of his son have prompted the 30-year-old Spence to reflect on his life and make changes. Family became his biggest priority. He moved from his high-rise apartment in downtown Dallas, Texas and settled into a home on 60-acres of property in a rural suburb with 20 head of cattle, horses, and goats. He even learned how to ride horses.
Spence had a new lease on life, a new outlook, but the same hunger to be the best that propelled him to the top of the welterweight division. He returned to the gym in March 2020, and began building himself back up, believing he would reign once again.
In his first fight back, Spence was bent on not taking a soft touch. Instead, he signed to face two-division champion Danny "Swift" Garcia on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in a FOX Sports pay-per-view headliner, live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Many wondered if Spence would be the same. He answered those questions emphatically: The King was back—and he still ruled with an iron fist.
Fourteen months after suffering that serious single-car accident, Spence proved he hadn’t lost a step, retaining his titles with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over Garcia in front of a sellout crowd of 16,102.
Spence put on a show, outboxing the game Garcia from the outside and outworking him in close quarters in a statement performance. Two cards read 116-112 while a third judge had it 117-111.
Spence landed 187 of 707 punches according to CompuBox, compared to 117-700 for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Garcia. Spence controlled the action with his jab, racking up points in the early rounds with that weapon and a high workrate.
"It was a lifelong dream of mine to be a household name in Dallas and I've done that. I'm thankful to have that support,” said Spence. “I was smiling walking to the ring because it was a long road back. It took a lot of trials and tribulations to get to this point tonight, and it all paid off.
“I'm here for a reason.”
ANOTHER BELT, ANOTHER FLAWLESS PERFORMANCE
The Big Fish successfully navigated treacherous waters on Saturday, April 16, to pick up a third welterweight title. IBF and WBC welterweight champion Spence Jr. showed his greatness against WBA champion Yordenis Ugás, battling back from early adversity to stop Ugás in the tenth round on SHOWTIME PPV live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event before an announced crowd of 39,946.
Spence had to overcome some harsh conditions courtesy of Ugás to get to this point. After Ugás hurt Spence in the sixth, knocking his mouthpiece out with an uppercut, Spence of DeSoto, Texas, stormed back to hurt Ugás repeatedly to the body and eye. By the tenth round, Ugás’ right eye was completely shut when referee Laurence Cole stopped the contest for the second time to allow the ringside physician to inspect the damage.
Unlike earlier, the doctor advised Cole to stop the bout at 1:44 of the tenth round, giving Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) a resounding victory, a third welterweight belt, and perhaps the greatest triumph of his still accumulating career following a 17-month layoff after corrective surgery to his left eye forced him to pull out of a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao. Ugás stepped in for Spence on late notice, beating and retiring Pacquiao last summer, setting the stage for Saturday’s welterweight unification contest, just the 12th in the division’s history.
“I believe that you’re going to go through trials and tribulations,” Spence said. “I went through a lot of trials. I got tested and I passed the tests due to my upbringing. My mother and my father always telling me not to quit and not to give up and just believing in myself and my family. I wanted to prove them wrong, and I knew that I could come back. Why would I quit now?”
Ugás’ size and skill appeared to confound Spence early on. The Cuban Olympic bronze medalist hurt Spence with a right uppercut and a right hand that had Spence falling back into the ropes and sent his mouthpiece flying in the sixth. The referee interrupted the action with 1:32 left in the frame to allow trainer Derrick James to replace the mouthpiece. Following the break, Spence returned fire, banging to Ugás’ body to end the frame on a high note.
The referee again interrupted the action with 53 seconds left in the eighth to have the doctor examine Ugás’ right eye, which was nearly shut, the result of Spence timing Ugas with hard right hands. Spence jumped on him moments later, nailing Ugás (27-5, 12 KOs) to the body, sensing the end may be near.
Ugás appeared to hurt Spence to the body with a right hand in the ninth and again with a left to the body, for which he was warned by the referee for veering a little low.
Spence came back and hurt Ugás with a right to the body in the tenth that had him retreating, covering up, clearly in pain. The referee again had the doctor check on Ugas’ right eye, this time deciding he had sustained enough punishment. Ugas screamed in dismay, clearly wanting to continue, while Spence shouted to the rafters in pure joy and stomped his feet on the canvas.
SUFFERING A SETBACK
On July 29, 2023 Spence took on unbeaten WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence "Bud" Crawford in a SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The winner of what many considered boxing's biggest and best bout would become the first Undisputed Welterweight World Champion in the four-belt era.
It was simply Crawford's night as he dropped Spence three times on his way to a historic ninth-round TKO victory.
“He was just better tonight,” said Spence. “He was using the jab. My timing was a little bit off. He was just the better man tonight.
“We gotta do it again. ’m going to be a lot better. It’ll be a lot closer. It’ll probably be in December and the end of the year. I say we gotta do it again.”