USA Boxing Features Errol Spence

Errol Spence

Aug. 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. (ET)

Weight Class: Welterweight/152 lbs
Hometown: Desoto, Texas
Birthdate: March 3, 1990
Height: 5-10
Coach’s name: Derrick James
Club name: Maple Avenue Boxing Gym
Began boxing: 2005
Reason for becoming involved in boxing: My dad and watching Oscar de la Hoya
Career highlight: 2009, 2010, 2011 USA National Champion, 2009 and 2010 National Golden Gloves Champion 
Who has been your biggest influence and why:  My mother
How did you get involved in boxing:  My dad and watching De La Hoya.
What is your greatest strength in the ring: Speed
Did you ever play any other sport:  Football, baseball, basketball


Olympic Trials: dec. Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., 24-17; dec. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 13-5; dec. Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., 19-12; dec. Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., 24-19 for 1st.

USA Boxing National Championships: 

dec. Darwin Price Jr., Grambling, La., 10-3, in the second round; stopped Boston Salmon, Waianae, Hawaii, RSC-2, 2:49, in the quarterfinals; dec. Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., 21-12, in the semi finals; dec. Thomas Duquette, Waltham, Mass., 23-12, in the finals, for 1st.