Spencer Goes Distance Again, Beats Black By Unanimous Decision

By Keith Idec

Joey Spencer withstood the toughest test of his brief boxing career Sunday night.

The unbeaten, 19-year-old junior middleweight prospect fended off Akeem Black and fatigue to win a six-round unanimous decision at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Spencer (8-0, 6 KOs), who knocked out his first six pro opponents, went the distance in a second straight fight.

This time, however, Black made matters more difficult for Spencer than Osias Vasquez was able to do April 13 in Minneapolis. Milwaukee’s Black (5-3, 2 KOs) had a lot of success in the fourth round and made an exhausted Spencer work for his victory during the final two rounds.

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Spencer wasn’t particularly impressive in the second half of this fight, but he still won by the same score, 59-55, on all three scorecards.

By the fifth round, Spencer appeared completely spent. His punches had lost some snap by then, but he unloaded several hard body shots on Black in the second half of the fifth.

Spencer got hit with a few flush punches during the fourth round, including a right uppercut by Black. Spencer, whose nose was bloodied during that fourth round, hit Black with a solid right hand toward the end of it.

Spencer slipped and slid from Black’s punches throughout the third round. A counter right hand by Spencer backed up Black just after the midway mark of the third.

Spencer lunged in and landed a hard right hand at the 1:15 mark of the second round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BillyBoxing on 06-25-2019

[QUOTE=Corelone;19855405]First you call everybody who is critical haters, then you add your two cents. But yeah, Spencer looks muscle bound, which I suspect is connected to his supposed KO power. He has to change from one punch thinking, to thinking…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-24-2019

[QUOTE=sicko;19853765]I think this is GREAT Experience for young Spencer! Handled it very well I thought as far as getting into a FIGHT and being able to hold up. Of course he has work to do and things to improve upon....he…

Comment by pillowfists98 on 06-24-2019

Spencer looked like Andre Berto trying to do that shoulder roll.

Comment by pillowfists98 on 06-24-2019

This guy is garbage. God knows why PBC decides to showcase him instead of their other more talented prospects. PBC has plenty of good young fighters but Spencer is not one of them.

Comment by The D3vil on 06-24-2019

No way in hell Spencer won that fight like that, if he won it at all. He was getting tagged and gassed out in the 3rd round. He's got an even worse tank than AJ, so what chance does he…

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