By Jon Uddin✏
19 year old Middleweight prospect 🇺🇸Joey Spencer (10-0-0, 7KO) from Linden, Michigan got his 2020 campaign underway Saturday night on the Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario undercard in Philadelphia. Spencer faced Erik Spring of Reading, Pennsylvania in a six round bout.
Jan 18, 2020 / W UD (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Fight Review: Spencer got the job done Saturday night, but those watching from home, in the Liacouras Center, along with Spencer and his corner, feel that the 19 year old Middleweight prospect may have let the 35 year old Spring off easy in the ring. Early on Spencer worked behind his jab to work his way inside and throw his overhand right when in range. As the rounds went on he failed to close distance or force the action on Spring, who had a three inch height and reach advantage, but really posed little threat in the power department, owning only one knockout in his previous 18 fights. When Spring decided to get aggressive, Spencer would make him pay with a solid 1-2 combination, but failed to put his foot on the gas.
In the final seconds of the sixth, Spencer landed a big left on Spring that sent him reeling back into the ropes, but it came a bit too late to get the stoppage. Spencer leaves with the clear win, but the end of the sixth confirmed what many had thought all throughout the fight, which is that he had the ability to get Spring out of there had he pressed harder, earlier. Jason Spencer, his head trainer who is also his father, spoke to the fact he wanted Joey to close the gap and press more so it’s something they can address in future camps.
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.
Record: 10-0-0, 7KO
From: Linden, Michigan
KO rate: 70%
Debut: February 17, 2018
Years pro: 2
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
1-18-2020: Erik Spring (W, UD 6)
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania