Errol Spence Makes Sense

By Robert Ecksel on August 22, 2016
Errol Spence Makes Sense
“Errol was more precise than Keith Thurman.” (Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions)

Errol Spence Jr., the rising star from Desoto, Texas, knocked out veteran Leonard Bundu at 2:06 of the sixth round…

Sunday afternoon at the Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York,  Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), the rising star from Desoto, Texas, knocked out veteran Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) from Firenze, Toscana, Italy, by way of Freetown, Sierra Leone, at 2:06 of the sixth round.

Fighting out of the blue corner in blue trunks, Spence continues to prove he’s the real deal that’s got the goods. Skilled, athletic, accurate, composed, he has the mind the old master in a body at its peak. Since his pro debut in 2012, he has had no easy touches; not one of opponents had a losing record.

Forty-one-year-old Bundu, fighting out of the red corner in red and white trunks, was something of a gimme for the 26-year-old southpaw. The odds were 100:1 against him, but Bundu is a former European welterweight champion who has been in the trenches, including against Keith Thurman in 2014.

Spence took his time against Bundu. Bundu got in a few licks. Spence got in more. Bundu was the more aggressive fighter, especially in the early rounds, but Spence fought at the pace that suited him. He also fought with precision. Spence was softening up Bundu with hard punches, upstairs, downstairs, and coming from all directions, and Bundu tried to fight back, however ineffectively.

The first big break came in round four. Spence landed a shot that rattled Bundu. His mouthpiece went flying. He was hurt.

The dissection continued in round five.

In round six Spence dropped Bundu, but the referee Johnny Callas ruled it a slip. Hostilities resumed. Spence trapped Bundu in the corner. He landed a left uppercut followed by a right that dropped Bundu to the deck. The ref started counting, and then thought better of it.

It was a spectacular knockout.

“Once I was able to catch his rhythm and figure him out, I knew I had him,” said Spence after the fight. “I knew he was very tough, but he never hurt me. He was switching and jumping in and out and it took me a little bit to adjust.”

It was the second time in over a decade that Bundu has been stopped. The last time was against Thurman.

“Errol was more precise than Keith Thurman,” said Bundu. “Errol threw more punches and was fresh in every round.

“He certainly lived up to the hype.”

According to CompuBox, Spence landed 135 of 386 total punches thrown (35%) to 51 of 199 (26.5%) for Bundu. Bundu landed a higher percentage of jabs, because he threw few, 11 of 47 (23.4%) to 50 of 253 jabs (18.8%) for Spence. It was no better in the power punch department. Spence doubled Bundu’s output, landing 85 of 133 (a whopping 63.9%) to 40 of 152 (26.3%) for Bundu.

Spence has earned his shot at the title. He said he was ready three fights ago and it’s hard to disagree.

“I definitely want my shot at Kell Brook and his title,” said Spence. “I want him next. If he vacates or gets stripped then I’ll fight for his vacant title. I’ve paid my dues.”

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  1. tuxtucis 01:29am, 08/27/2016

    Bundu was not a former European champion: he is the welterweight champion in charge! Though 42, he has never been better than now: i was impressed when i watched him in Florence in the fight that gave him the title. Simply, it’s no more the age of Loi or Benvenuti, no Italian boxer at moment can challenge a good American fighter, and Spencer seems to be far more than good….

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:19pm, 08/23/2016

    He could fight Canelo right now….straight up….154….it would be an even money fight….he probably hits harder….but ahhh the chin, you see…. therein lies the rub. Bundu’s punches only encouraged him, Alvarez hits a little harder, maybe just hard enough to make him change his mind even a little bit, a mind which for the time being is caught up in the throes of a full blown Superboy complex.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:27pm, 08/22/2016

    Brook showed some real foresight here in avoiding this guy and at the same time being acclaimed for his heroic quest with GGG, which in a way is a no lose proposition for Brook, unless of course GGG scores an emphatic stoppage early. Even Shawn Porter doesn’t want this guy whose freaky physique reminds one of a juiced and shredded, at his peak Roy Jones. So we will be stuck with these type blowouts for some time to come. It won’t be long before he’ll be calling out GGG, though and that’s when things will get interesting.

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