Former United States Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) has an opportunity to show that he is as good as advertised or even better. He has been mowing down the competition that has been put in front of him thus far. There is been no not worthy names he has beaten as of yet but the fashion he has handled his opponents so far is quite impressive. He will have his biggest test to date this Friday when he faces world ranked Chris van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) of South Africa. Spike television will air the bout which will be another installment of powerful boxing advisor Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series (PBC). The Ricoh Coliseum, in Toronto, Ontario will host the fight card.
Spence Jr. came out of the Olympics highly heralded. He represented the united states in the 2012 Olympics in Great Britain advancing to the quarterfinals. He was signed by Haymon upon turning professional and has been quite active. Spence Jr. actually began to draw attention from his sparring sessions with Floyd Mayweather Jr. which were said to be quite intense with him leaving quite impression with Mayweather Jr. Many feel that Spence Jr. will be the next big thing and that it’s just a matter of time.
That time could began with his next fight. His opponent van Heerden without a doubt is his toughest opponent to date. The odds that have been placed on this fight are heavily favored for Spence Jr. to dominate this fight. van Heerden has fought and beaten some very solid competition including a former world champion. He like Spence Jr. is a southpaw so that should not be an advantage for either fighter. Spence Jr. winning the fight would not surprise many but if he were to dominate van Heerden the way he has done his previous opponents then that indeed would make a statement.