World Prospect Of The Year 2015
Who is the standout prospect in world boxing? Boxing Monthly’s online team select their picks for the ‘World Prospect Of The Year’ in the latest of our 2015 awards.
Errol Spence Jr had the perfect year. He was active, fighting four times. He fought a good standard of opponent: Samuel Vargas, Phil Lo Greco, Chris Van Heerden and Alejandro Barrera. Most importantly, he looked very impressive dispatching of each of them within the scheduled distance. He has been tipped by many to be a future pound-for-pound star and has justified that billing in 2015. - John A. MacDonald.
Errol Spence Jr has the look of a fighter. He has stopped four opponents who, before facing Spence, held a combined record of 97-5-2 with his win over decent South African, Chris Van Heerden, a standout. Spence has outclassed every opponent and has barely needed to get out of first gear along the way. The 25-year old has the look of a fighter who could dominate the welterweight scene for years to come. - John Evans.
Most people would name Errol Spence Jr here, but I give the edge to Joseph Diaz Jr. Both American southpaws are 19-0, but Diaz was busier in 2015, showed more growth in the ring this year and moved closer to title contention. - Michael Montero.
I read an article back in the summer entitled 'The Growing Legend of Errol Spence Jr'. Says it all. 19-0 and a legend in the making and none of the 147lb big dogs want anything to do with him. - Shaun Brown.
Errol Spence Jr has had many a critic nudging another during this year and his record speaks for itself. A worthy winner who should have big things to come. It seems strange that the likes of Usyk and Tanaka have ruled themselves out of this award by winning titles.... or is it stranger that Spence hasn't collected any tin-straps yet!?! - Colin Harris.
Errol Spence Jr (19-0, 16KOs); the former 2012 Olympian possesses all the tools and power to go right to the top. With decent height, I see him becoming a three-weight world champion. - Paul Zanon.
Was there ever any doubt? Errol Spence Jr was a monster throughout this year, quickly raising his stock against some of the best tier fighters around. Not only did he defeat them all, he did it soundly. Spence is as close as a lock for a world title in 2016 as you're going to get in boxing. - Shawn Smith.
I think most boxing writers would agree that Errol Spence Jr appears to be made of the right stuff. Four inside-distance victories in 2015 advanced his record to 19-0 and the former Olympian looks set to add a further intriguing element to the post-Floyd Mayweather era welterweight division in 2016. Legend has it that he has blackened Mayweather’s eye and dropped Adrien Broner during impressive past sparring sessions, while his increasingly high IBF rating makes an intriguing showdown with Kell Brook possible. Definitely a potential superstar of the future. - Luke Williams.
Oleksandr Usyk. He's big, strong, won each of his fights by knockout. He has the amateur background and skills to compliment heavy hands and a mean streak. I wouldn't see him as underdog against any other cruiserweight today. - TKO Radio.
This former amateur star and Olympian Errol Spence Jr lit up the Twittersphere on several occasions this year, impressing with his efficient and decisive wins against a high calibre of opposition. His talent, drive, and natural fitness give this young American welterweight genuine star quality. - Jessi Jackalope.
When Floyd Mayweather gave Errol Spence Jr the seal of approval it made us all pay more attention to the polite southern kid but his punch perfect performance against the very capable Chris Van Heerden showed that he's a legit threat to the champions at 147 in 2016. - Callum Rudge.
Boxingmonthly.com ‘World Prospect Of The Year 2015.’ – Errol Spence Jr.