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Errol Spence
Errol Spence United States of America

  • Country: United States
  • Sport: Boxing
  • Height: 5'9" / 1.75m
  • Weight: 152 lbs / 68.9 kg
  • Born: 3/3/1990
  • Hometown: Desoto, TX, USA
  • Career Highlights: There's no doubt Spence has become far and away America’s best amateur welterweight in recent years. He's a three-time reigning national champion who also won his class at the 2011 U.S. Olympic trials, where none of his four decisions were by fewer than five points. That effort followed an even more dominant performance at the U.S. championships, where he stopped his quarterfinal opponent in the second round before winning decisions in the semifinals and finals by a combined 44-24 score. Spence punched his ticket to London by winning his three preliminary bouts at the world championships at Azerbaijan in October. The last of those victories was the most impressive and clinched his Olympic spot, never trailing against top seed Imre Backsai of Hungary and winning a 26-16 decision. Spence was ousted in the quarterfinals, but that loss was a fairly respectable one considering he held his own against two-time world amateur champion Serik Sapiyev. Spence also won the national Golden Gloves title in 2009 and lost in the final in May 2010, but he bounced back from that defeat in strong fashion later that year. He would win the Police Athletic League national championship as well as both of his bouts in France as part of a Team USA competition against top foreign opponents. Spence started making a name for himself in 2008, when he won the under-19 national championship and reached the quarterfinals of the youth world championship.
  • Previous Olympics: None
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