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The Truth about Errol Spence
(By Sean Reed / Photos by S Reed & S Verbeek)

If not quite a household name, "Errol Spence" has increasingly resonated within professional boxing circles, the last few years. A byproduct of his run of U.S. amateur success, the 2012 London Olympics, positive feedback from his prizefights, the urban legend of his sparring exploits, the growing number of seasoned trainers impressed with his skill-set and demeanor, or all of the above, the name is obviously on your radar. Embarking on his 19th punch-for-pay contest, and co-main event status vs. Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KO's) on this Saturday's nationally broadcast, NBC's “Premier Boxing Champions” undercard (2PM CST on NBC), we'll sift through what's real and what's Memorex in the fistic existence of Errol "The Truth" Spence, Jr. the #10 ranked welterweight in the world by the IBF, WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine.

You've heard stories of pugilistic prodigies coming out the womb throwing check hooks and lead counters, not Errol Spence. There's also endless tales of angry, troubled youth, devoid of positive male role models, straightening their lives out via discipline and structure, part and parcel with an early doors indoctrination to boxing. That doesn't apply to Spence either.

Errol Spence, Jr. didn't find the sport until he was 15 years of age. Nonetheless, after a brief test-drive with controlled sparring, success was rather immediate. Spence was raised in a stable, middle-class environment, with two loving, supportive parents ever by his side. While certainly no saint or choirboy, Errol isn't a thug, criminal, woman beater, or gangbanger. He's anything but the stereotypical juvenile delinquent, using boxing to find refuge from the trappings of so-called "street life". Spence's earliest boxing memories consist of watching Lennox Lewis defending the heavyweight championship of the world, on pay-per-view at a Dallas barbershop. Like Lewis, Spence's father, Errol, Sr., is of Jamaican descent so father and son made a point of tuning in whenever Lewis fought.

One particular summer, while searching for a productive activity to occupy his athletic son's time, Errol Sr. suggested boxing. After finding a gym, Spence was almost immediately thrown into deep waters didn't like it, but eventually warmed to the task. The rest just may be history in the making. Since 2005, Errol, Jr. (or "E.J.", as he's often referred) has littered the Spence family trophy case with just about every major amateur boxing award imaginable. Among them, three consecutive U.S. Men's National titles, two National P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) championships, a National Golden Gloves title and an Under 19 National Championship. If there was an American amatuer boxing accolade or tournament to be won, Spence rose to the occasion and seized it. He ruled the very competitive 152 pound division with an iron fist, for several years, culminating in a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic team.


Leija - Battah​ Promotions Weights
(By Ex Alba)​

Charlo - Campfort
Weigh-ins for Saturday night's NBC's "Premier Boxing Champions" card were held Friday, 11/27/15 at Dallas' Sheraton Hotel had a snippet of drama. IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Houston's Jermall Charlo (22-0 17 KOs) initially tipped the scales .4 lbs over the 154 pound limit. He was given the obligatory two hours by the TDLR to make weight and did. His opponent Wilky Campfort (21-1 12KOs) of Ft Lauderdale, FL came in at 153.2 lbs.

Spence - Barrera
The official scales for the bout that has made this event a sold out affair DeSoto's Errol Spence Jr. (18-0 15KOs) also came in over his bout's weight limit, weighing .2lbs over 147 lbs. He easily made weight within the two hour limit. His opponent Alejandro Barrera (28-2 18KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico weighed 146.4 lbs.


No Lie, Errol "The Truth"  Spence Fights in Dallas November 28th.
(By Sean Reed)

It's been a long time coming, but at last, highly touted prospect, Errol "The Truth" Spence, will throw hands in his home city of Dallas, Saturday, November 28th! The 2012 U.S Olympian will square off with  Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KO's) live on NBC's "Premier Boxing Champions" card which begins at 2PM CDT, from The Bomb Factory in downtown Dallas.

Spence (18-0, 15 KO's) has plied his trade on numerous televised cards and finds himself within smelling distance of world championship contention, after beating the brakes off former #7 IBF contender, Chris Van Heerden, in his last fight. At the same time, Barrera, from Mexico, relishes the opportunity to make a name for himself at Spence's expense. "This is a great opportunity to showcase my skills on a big stage", said Barrera. "I am always in great shape and I plan on giving the fans a great fight. November 28th, I will announce myself to the world with a great performance."

Oh by the way, there's also an IBF super welterweight affair the same afternoon, between defending champion, Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KO's) and Wilky Campfort (21-1 (12 KO's).



                                                                                           GENNADY GOLOVKIN VISITS THE METROPLEX
                                                                                                                                  (By Sean Reed)

This past Sunday, unified Middleweight champion of the world, Gennady Gennadyevich “GGG” Golovkin, moseyed on down yonder to Texas, as a special guest of Jerry Jones and “America’s Team”, our beloved Dallas Cowboys. The first time “Triple G’s” ever seen the sport played in person, in fact. Nonetheless, despite an unblemished record of 34 wins, no losses/draws (with 31 knockouts), even the mighty Golovkin himself could do nothing to prevent the Cowboys from suffering their sixth consecutive loss, this time to the Philadelphia Eagles, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The following morning, “Triple G” held a press briefing with the local boxing media to elaborate on his visit; Make no mistake, this was a business trip. Sights squarely set on the November 21 clash between lineal Middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Team Golovkin is astutely planning its next move. “Canelo sold 30,000 tickets in Houston, but I think with Gennady and a unification fight like that, Dallas Stadium would be the perfect location for that. That would be the biggest event in boxing. If Cotto wins, can’t take anything away from Miguel Cotto now that he’s training with Freddie Roach and has rejuvenated his career, that would be the biggest fight in New York City, in Madison Square Garden for example, because they both sold out in Madison Square Garden,” said promoter, Tom Loeffler.

Golovkin has shown proficiency in cutting off the ring during bouts, and appears equally adept at cornering foes on the business end of his sport too, going out of his way to create scenarios where the two biggest names on the horizon have little choice but to consider him monetarily and otherwise. When quizzed about the likelihood of moving up to Super middleweight, assuming the Cotto-Canelo winner chose not to face Golovkin, trainer, Abel Sanchez, didn’t mince words, “If that happened, the boxing media should shame them into fighting him!”

Golovkin has no preference on who he’d rather face next, but appears to be leaning towards Alvarez to emerge victorious November 21st, stating “I think Canelo is better, he looks better, stronger, younger, more of a chance in the first half of the fight. In the second half, maybe Cotto, he is more experienced.”