Prospect Project: Joey Spencer

By Jon Uddin

19 year old Middleweight prospect 🇺🇸Joey Spencer (9-0-0, 7KO) from Linden, Michigan gets his 2020 campaign underway Saturday night on the Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario undercard in Philadelphia. Spencer faces Erik Spring of Reading, Pennsylvania in a six round bout.


Jan 15th, 2020 / Prospect Analysis: The nine time amateur national champion is heading into his third year as a pro.  In 2019 he was named the PBC Prospect of the Year for the second consecutive year, but there were some tough moments for the young Middleweight in the four fights he had. The year started off the same way his first five bouts of 2018 did, with a second round knockout of Brandon Harder. Three months later he faced 34 year old Osias Vasquez, who in reality should have kept Spencer’s knockout percentage perfect, but ended up going all six rounds in a lackluster fight. Spencer would later reluctantly reveal that he was ill in that fight and that was a major cause for the somewhat disappointing performance.

That fight was followed up with a six round fight against Akeem Black who pushed a healthy Spencer more than he had been in his young career. This was a tough, tough fight for Spencer but to his benefit.  Spencer did enough to win the fight, but Black exploited both Spencer’s deficiencies in defense and conditioning throughout. By late fourth round you could see Spencer starting to gas out, breathing heavily, lowering punch output and repeatedly dropping his hands on defense, leaving him open to overhand rights. To wrap up 2019, Spencer got back on the knockout train, delivering sharp left hooks to the body to break down and stop Travis Gambardella in three rounds of a scheduled four rounder.


Jan 15th, 2020 / The Opposition: Spencer will kick off the year against 35 year old southpaw 🇺🇸Erik Spring (13-3-2, 1KO) of Reading, Pennsylvania. A six year pro, Spring went 2-1 in 2019, losing his most recent bout by a decisive eight round unanimous decision. Spring carries a 5% knockout rate having only stopped the third opponent he faced in his first year as a pro.


Jan 15th, 2020 / Fight Outlook: Spring is another opponent that didn’t turn pro until the age of 30, joining Osias Vazquez who Spencer faced last April. He’s also another opponent that doesn’t appear to have the ability to give Spencer much to think about on the power end. This should work out to another stoppage around the third or fourth round for Spencer, but working on fine tuning some of his defense should be a goal.


JOE JOE

Record: 9-0-0, 7KO
Weight: Middleweight
From: Linden, Michigan
Age: 19
Height: 5’9″
Reach: 70″
Stance: Orthodox
KO rate: 78%
Alias: N/A
Signed: PBC
Debut: February 17, 2018
Years pro: 2
Rounds: 24
Trainer: Jason Spencer

2-17-2018: Uriel Gonzalez (W, TKO 2/4)
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

4-13-2018: Ousmane Sylla (W, TKO 1/4)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota

6-10-2018: Tom Howard (W, KO 1/4)
Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

8-4-2018: Bruce Lutchmedial (W, KO 2/4)
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

9-30-2018: Cory Macon (W, KO 1/4)
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California

1-13-2019: Brandon Harder (W, KO 2/4)
Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California

4-13-2019: Osias Vasquez (W, UD 6)
Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota

6-23-2019: Akeem Black (W, UD 6)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

9-28-2019: Travis Gambardella (W, KO 3/4)
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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