Los Angeles - Prior to the Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz pay-per-view card, prelims live on FOX and FOX Deportes featured rising unbeaten super welterweight Joey Spencer (16-0, 10 KOs) earn a career-best 10-round unanimous decision over fellow unbeaten Kevin Salgado (14-1-1, 9 KOs).
"He's a hard-hitting counter puncher, so we wanted to control the distance,” said Spencer. “I feel really strong. I'm really proud of the work that we put into my conditioning and I think it showed in the fight. I'm improving as I get more experience, and that helps me stay more composed in these fights. I'm going to keep adding to my game as I get more comfortable. I'm definitely working towards improving as an offensive fighter.”
In his first 10-round fight as a pro, the 22-year-old Spencer turned away what many considered the toughest opponent of his career, riding a 79 to 54 edge in punches landed to victory. Mexico’s Salgado proved to be a stiff test for Spencer as he continued to push forward until the final bell. After 10 rounds, all three judges saw it in Spencer’s favor by scores of 99-91 twice and 100-90.
Spencer is now looking to take a big step up in class for his next fight - against a highly ranked contender at 154-pounds.
"I have a couple ideas of who I want to fight next,” said Spencer. “Tony Harrison, Tim Tszyu, Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora are all guys I want to fight. I want to face the best. There's one champion in the division and we have to fight each other to get to him."