DALLAS, Texas – For the fourth time in 2015, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) put on a show in front of a national audience.
This time was a little sweeter, as Spence was able to put on another spectacular performance in front of his hometown crowd by using an array of body and power shots to stop Alejandro Barrera (26-3, 17 KOs) in the fifth-round of their IBF welterweight title eliminator clash. With the big victory over Barrera, Spence not only proved to the world that he really is the “The Truth”, but is now the mandatory challenger for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and graduates from the dreaded role of prospect to the much-wanted role of title contender.
After the fight, Spence spoke to Today’s Knockout.
“I’m almost there, I just got to stay patient and stay focused and listen to my management and my coach and I’ll be fighting for a world title real soon,” Spence said for those critics who say he hasn’t fought anybody. “I’m waiting for someone to step up. I have never said ‘no’ to an opponent. You ask anybody–my manager or anybody who signed with Al Haymon–have I ducked an opponent or said no to an opponent and they’ll tell you no. If I want to be a superstar in the sport, I need a name and I’m going to do what I have to do. I have to stay patient, stay focused and hopefully later next year I can get a big name in the ring with me.”
Despite not being a household name just yet, Spence has shown a propensity to consistently deliver spectacular, high-energy, powerful performances, which has very few championship-caliber boxers calling him out. With a victory over the tough-rugged Barrera to put an exclamation point on his 2015, Spence and his management team will be hard-pressed to top what he’s accomplished this year. But they definitely like the results of what they have accomplished so far.
“It’s hard to top fighting on PBC, especially on NBC where a lot of people can see me fight,” he said. “Like, five million people can watch me fight, and it’s not on cable–it’s on regular TV–so a lot of people are tuned in and watching and it’s a huge audience. Right now it doesn’t matter who the opponent is as I’m on a belt hunt. This was a IBF eliminator, so I’m definitely on the hunt for the IBF belt.”