Errol Spence Jr. He is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world, and he holds three of the four major titles in the division: the IBF, WBC and WBA (Super) belts. He is also ranked as the third best pound-for-pound boxer by ESPN, and the fourth by The Ring magazine. But who is Errol Spence Jr., and how did he become a boxing star?
Errol Spence Jr. was born on March 3, 1990, in Long Island, New York. He moved to Texas with his family when he was two years old, and started boxing at the age of 15. He had a successful amateur career, winning three consecutive U.S. national championships and representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, where he reached the quarter-finals. He turned professional in November 2012, and won his first 10 fights by knockout.
Spence made his Showtime debut in June 2014, beating Ronald Cruz by unanimous decision. He continued to impress with his power and skills, knocking out opponents like Chris Algieri, Leonard Bundu and Lamont Peterson. In May 2017, he traveled to England to challenge Kell Brook for the IBF title, and stopped him in 11 rounds to become a world champion. He defended his belt four times, beating Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter (in a unification fight for the WBC title), Danny Garcia and Yordenis Ugas (in another unification fight for the WBA title).
Spence is known for his aggressive style, his southpaw stance, his body punching and his high knockout ratio (78%). He is also praised for his ring IQ, his adaptability and his willingness to fight the best. He is currently preparing for the biggest fight of his career, a showdown with Terence Crawford, who holds the WBO title and is also considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The fight is scheduled for July 29 in Las Vegas, and it will be for the undisputed welterweight championship.
Errol Spence Jr. is a boxing phenomenon who has risen to the top of his sport with hard work, dedication and talent. He is a proud representative of Texas and a role model for many young boxers. He is also a family man who has overcome adversity, such as a car accident in 2019 that nearly ended his career. He is determined to prove himself as the best welterweight and the best boxer in the world, and he has a chance to do so when he faces Terence Crawford in July.