Who Has Defeated Errol Spence Jr.? – Record, Knockouts, Amateur Boxing, and More

Published 08/07/2021, 8:09 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Erroll Spence Jr. in the ring fights against Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Errol Spence Jr. is an American pro boxer, a unified champion, and inarguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He is currently a WBC and IBF champion in the welterweight division. ‘The Truth’ is also ranked as the number 1 fighter in his weight class, followed by Terence Crawford at number 2 and Manny Pacquiao at number 3.

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The welterweight champion holds an impressive record with 27 wins (21 knockouts) and no losses. While he remains undefeated in the division as a pro fighter, his amateur career was not as smooth as his ongoing professional career.

Spence Jr started off his career at 15 under the guidance of his father. Since then, he has had 77 amateur bouts, out of which he won 64 (no knockouts) and also incurred 13 losses (no knockouts). Before beginning his pro boxing career, he competed at the London 2012 Olympics and lost in the quarterfinals to Andrey Zamkovoy.

Is Errol Spence Jr a knockout artist?

Compared to Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr is taller and has a longer reach as well. Naturally, the 31-year-old likes to use his height and reach to his advantage in fights. While he has an impressive pro boxing knockout record, he also outscored his opponents throughout his amateur career.

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Errol Spence Jr. usually likes to gauge and maintain enough distance between himself and his opponents at all times. His fight reels show that he does not like to fight inside the pocket and prefers fighting from the outside. Maintaining distance throughout the fight allows ‘The Truth’ to keep landing effective jabs and hooks to the body.

FRISCO, TX – JUNE 16: Errol Spence Jr. knocks out Carlos Ocampo in the first round of a IBF Welterweight Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on June 16, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

While trying to close in and fight from inside the pocket, his opponents risk getting clipped with an uppercut or a hook. Spence’s height and reach advantage make closing the distance an ordeal for his opponents. Since the opposite corner cannot close in, the WBC and IBF welterweight champion often ends up out-pointing his opponents by landing regular jabs.

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Errol Spence Jr. is an extremely skillful fighter with excellent striking abilities, world-class movement, and footwork. While he may not be a traditional knockout artist, he has a lot of tricks up his sleeves and knows his way around finishing his opponents as well.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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