Joey Spencer vs. James Martin
Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA 31/7/21
Unbeaten super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (13-0, 9 KOs) secured a unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 80-72) victory over James Martin (7-3, 0 KOs).
“There were one or two rounds where he was throwing and he had a lot of activity, but I was blocking,” said Spencer. “I only took one or two shots, and to be honest I would have thought it would be a shutout.”
After missing weight for his scheduled welterweight scrap against Mielnicki, Martin became a late replacement to face Spencer at super welterweight.
When asked if the late replacement had an impact on his performance, Spencer said, “No, it just showed me I’m right where God wants me to be. Once I got the change, it was a big fight, a big step-up against somebody coming off a big win. I needed these rounds. I feel like if I had fought Karpency it would have been the same. I needed this experience. I needed these eight rounds and I needed to set the pace because he was not going to go down.”
Spencer concluded, “I have a lot of names that I’m thinking about for 2022. I’d like another step-up fight to end this year, but I don’t have anyone specific in mind. But those names in 2022 will set me up for a title shot.”
(Kristian von Sponneck)
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