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ERROL SPENCE: "SPARRING WITH FLOYD WAS A BIG EXPERIENCE FOR ME"

By Percy Crawford | May 15, 2013
ERROL SPENCE:

"I had a lot of confidence going in, but that was a real confidence booster because it let me know where I was at. Sparring the best in the world, you have no choice but to be sharp or he is going to walk through you. Sparring with Floyd was a big experience for me and learning from him and watching him and seeing the kind of stuff he does. That was a great experience. I also sparred some other guys there. I sparred a guy from the UK named Ashley Theophane. I sparred him and he had like 30 something fights too, so I got a lot of experience out there," stated rising welterweight Errol Spence, who spoke about his recent victory, his experience helping Floyd Mayweather prepare for his last fight, and much more. Check it out!

PC: Congratulations on your 1st round knockout win over Brandon Hoskins. How do you feel about your performance?

ES: I feel like I performed well. I got him out of there kind of easy in the 1st round. I felt like I was real comfortable in there and real relaxed.

PC: When I see a guy with 5 fights, like you have, fighting a guy with 21 fights, like Hoskins, it leads me to believe you are on the fast track as opposed to taking your time as a professional. Is that the idea?

ES: Oh yeah! I fought a lot of elite athletes as an amateur. I fought some amateurs that were very skilled. I just feel like the guys in my first three fights were kind of mediocre. The guys I was fighting in the amateurs were way better than them, so I didn't want to dumb myself down and take a step back by fighting guys that had less skills.

PC: You were turning the right hook over a lot off of the jab. Is that just part of the Errol Spence arsenal or did you see something when the fight started that led you to believe that hook would be available?

ES: Yeah, it was something I seen. When he would throw his jab, he would drop his left hand down, so when I jab, I would come over it and when he jabbed, he kept dropping it. So I would just come over the top every time. He wasn't making any adjustments, so I just kept doing it.

PC: You were able to use his aggression against him and eventually you broke him down to the body and head for coming in so recklessly. At what point in the fight did you realize it was going to be a good night for you?

ES: When I started hitting him with my jab and controlling him with my jab, I knew then. I had the longer reach, so I knew the only thing that he could try to do is come on the inside and try to bully me and use his 21-fight experience. But I handled it real well with just staying composed and just picking my shots.

PC: Your name was buzzing on the fight scene for the work that you gave Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Broner. How much did that prepare you for your fight and is that something that you continue to do as far as going out to Vegas and getting some work in?

ES: Yeah, working with Floyd...I had a lot of confidence going in, but that was a real confidence booster because it let me know where I was at. Sparring the best in the world, you have no choice but to be sharp or he is going to walk through you. Sparring with Floyd was a big experience for me and learning from him and watching him and seeing the kind of stuff he does. That was a great experience. I also sparred some other guys there. I sparred a guy from the UK named Ashley Theophane. I sparred him and he had like 30 something fights too, so I got a lot of experience out there.

PC: Yes, Theophane fought Danny Garcia very hard and some even thought he won.

ES: Yeah, I heard about that.

PC: Are you in Dallas or have you made the move to Vegas?

ES: I'm in Dallas right now. I just went to Vegas for training camp with Floyd.

PC: Are you able to get good work in Dallas or do you feel like you have to get out of Dallas to get good work?

ES: I get good work in Dallas, but probably when I start going 10 rounds, I will probably have training camp somewhere else like Vegas or somewhere.

PC: How many more times can we expect to see you this year? How busy would you like to be?

ES: I might be fighting June 1st and then I might fight July 27th too. That July 27th is for sure and the June 1st might be for sure too. I'm not sure yet though. I should know something this week, but you gonna see me a lot as long as I stay healthy; you will be seeing me a lot.

PC: Naazim Richardson always tells me that they have three types of fighters: good, great and special. I'm starting to hear the word special when someone is describing you. Is that pressure or inspiration for you?

ES: There is no pressure as long as I keep doing what I gotta do in the ring and stay focused and train hard and stay on the right track; I will always perform well. So there is no pressure with that because as an amateur, I was the #1 guy coming in and I was fighting and still winning. I don't look at it as pressure, but it's an honor that people are calling me special and a special fighter.

PC: You came in at 150 for your last fight and in the 140's in previous fights. I know early on in a fighter's career, the weight fluctuates a little bit. What weight class will you make your mark at?

ES: Welterweight for sure. I just fought at 150 for this fight because I was away from home for a good portion of this camp. But the fight before this one, I weighed in at 146 and my fight coming up I will be at 147. So welterweight is gonna be where I campaign at.

PC: You have great height and size for a welterweight and add the fact that you are a southpaw and that makes you an even tougher puzzle to solve. Once you get your career going to where you're right in the title talks and things like that, what do you think will separate you from the rest of the welterweights?

ES: I think my overall skills and my basic fundamentals of working off of my jab, setting people up, and my composure. I'm just gonna bring the whole package.

PC: You have obviously surrounded yourself with good people, so I gotta let you tell us about your team.

ES: My trainer is Derrick James and I work out of Maple Avenue Boxing Gym. My manager is Al Haymon and I don't have a promoter.

PC: Do you want to sign to a promoter or do you like this situation you are in now?

ES: You know, I never really talked to Al about it, but I have been working with Golden Boy and fighting on Golden Boy cards and everything has been going well and running smoothly, so I don't have a problem with it. I'm getting the fights that I'm supposed to get and I fight when I want to, so I don't have no problem with it.

PC: Who are your boxing influences my man?

ES: I watched a lot of Pernell Whitaker, Sugar Ray Leonard, and one of my favorites was Terry Norris. I watch him a lot. Floyd Mayweather, Vernon Forrest, and that's pretty much it.

PC: That's a good list. It was a pleasure watching you the other night and I look forward to keeping up with you and having you on the site. Is there anything you want to add before I let you go?

ES: Everybody tune in to my fights and follow me on Twitter @ErrolSpenceJr and I'm on Facebook and Instagram @ErrolSpenceJr. Follow me and I will keep you updated on when I'm fighting.

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