I'm in a few different minds here when it comes to Errol Spence Jr.
I'll start off saying that I love watching the kid. He's got this mix of being smooth and also having vicious, vicious power and very good speed to boot.
I'll also echo the point that Floyd Mayweather is full of shit. Chad Dawson got his soul taken by both Ward and Adonis Chickenshit.
Hell, remember when he anointed Devon Alexander as being the "next big thing" ? Man, the way Alexander's career has fizzled out he'll be lucky to get a job flipping burgers in fucking dusty old St. Louis.
In those fights against Algieri and Bundu, I can remember the sound of Spence's hooks landing to the body. It was sickening on some young Juan Manuel Marquez shit.
He has service-able defense. A puncher's defense. Some head movement, some parrying, little by way of punch anticipation.
He's also not one of those "jump in and out" style technicians. Granted, that style is extremely tough and very, very few fighters are gifted enough to pull it off.
However, he gets hit because he's in "hunting mode". He's looking to walk you down, slip a few shots here and there, dig his toes into the canvas and unleash thunderbolts on the opponent.
This is a style somewhat similar to GGG. They both appear to have good chins, although I believe that GGG has definitely fought better overall competition and cemented his place as the king of his division.
Spence is very pleasing to the eye. He's well-schooled and has that "IT" factor. What I mean by that is, I can show a Spence fight to someone who has never been into Boxing and they would quickly become engrossed.
Why ? Because with an athletic, well-trained, well-conditioned boxer-puncher with aggression, you're going to get a high punch output and some big, big shots landed. It's exactly what you need to bring in new fans.
Similar to a GGG fight, you know that a fight ending blow from Spence would be half a second away. It keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
The same cannot be said for a Mayweather fight, who is more eye candy for purists like myself.
Is the proof in the pudding ? Well, the Spence Bundu fight peaked at more than 6.3 million viewers, which was the highest viewership in 18 years. That's very, very significant.
Now, all of this is immaterial.
"But Max, you just went off on explaining how this kid is a star-in-the-making and is the real deal !"
Not quite, my dear friends, colleagues and fellow Boxing maniacs.
If you're a KO artist/aggressive fighter then you need to stay aggressive. You need to be on that Marvin Hagler shit. Spence is 27 and should be fighting AT LEAST 4 times a year.
It doesn't matter WHO his opposition is, to be very honest. PBC is behind him and will compensate him handsomely. The key is that he needs to stay active and leaving a trail of semi-conscious bodies in his wake in order to corner these other "top" fighters until they have nowhere else to turn but to fight him.
If people like Thurman, Porter, Garcia, Bradley, etc. etc. will not fight you for whatever reason, then fight guys ranked lower than you.
Fight guys like Carlos Molina, David Avanesyan, Antonio Orozco, Miguel Vazquez, just stay busy.
Because Spence is good enough to beat these guys early and defensively sound enough to not take too much punishment.
People hate on GGG all the time but at MW, he was doing exactly what a fighter of his style should be doing: fighting anyone who's willing and able, until the big names have nowhere else to go but through Golovkin Lane.
So once again, Spence needs to just fight whoever the fuck and eventually the big fights will come. Once you're an established PPV star, then you can fight twice a year and earn that money.
For now, stay busy and put in your time little homey.