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Errol Spence: Until I Prove It In Ring, Hype Is All Just Speculation

By Keith Idec

Errol Spence Jr. is genuinely thankful for all the praise he has received throughout the early stages of his professional boxing career.

Everyone from anonymous message-board posters to Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself has predicted great things for the hard-hitting, undefeated welterweight prospect. The powerful southpaw still hasn’t allowed any of the hype to inflate his head.

The 26-year-old Spence is well aware that despite his impressive record (19-0, 16 KOs), he has to prove himself in the ring against a higher level of opposition than he has faced since he made his pro debut in November 2012.

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The DeSoto, Texas, native expects that process to begin Saturday night. That’s when the 2012 Olympian will be showcased against former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) in the main event of an NBC broadcast scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I appreciate it a lot,” Spence told BoxingScene.com. “It’s an honor for people to mention me as the next great boxer. It shows what a lot of people see in me, that I have great skills and a lot of potential. But I have a lot of great people around me, great family and friends who keep me grounded, and just keep my feet on the ground and help me stay focused.

“I don’t really worry about it too much because at the end of the day I still have to prove what people say about me, that I’m the next great boxer. I still have to go in there and prove it. Until you prove it, it’s all speculation.”

Saturday’s telecast will begin with a scheduled 12-round bout that’ll pit Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs), the WBO cruiserweight champion, against Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs, 1 NC), a two-time former cruiserweight champion from Philadelphia.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 04-13-2016

this guy will most likely turn out to be another hype job similar to other black hopes like imam harrison and douglas. beating algieri proves nothing algieri is barely gate keeper status.

Comment by ThatDude44 on 04-13-2016

[QUOTE=BreWall;16605218]When Khan fought Algieri, it's a step down fight. When young, prime undefeated Spence fights Algieri, it's a step up fight. :pat:[/QUOTE] Well if you're boasting about wanting Pac or Floyd right away, I don't think the Algeiri path will…

Comment by Real Talk85 on 04-12-2016

Has Spence always been a welter? The kid is way bigger than I thought. He got to be floating around 5'10. He could go up to 160 no problem.

Comment by MASTERBX on 04-12-2016

He is the anti-golovkin, because he isn't buying into his hype and demanding anything for the more establish fighters. Greatness cannot be given you must earn it!

Comment by Mike D on 04-12-2016

kid seems like he has a good head on his shoulders

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