Errol Spence Jr., better known as E.J. has one thing on his mind these days, winning a Gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
America’s top boxer is one of the best amateurs in the world as he leaves the gym in Dallas for the Olympic games in London.
“The Truth” weighs in at 152 pounds and resides in the welterweight division and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
His coach says that is more than just a possibility.
“When they say he’s a favorite, he really is a favorite,” said Derrick James.
And if you ask him what drives him in the ring he’ll tell you the truth.
“I hate to lose,” said Spence.
“If I won the gold medal, and I’m on the podium hearing my National Anthem,” said Spence. “I’ll probably break down and cry at the podium.”
Spence is the second straight Dallas-area boxer to make the U.S. Olympic team after Luis Yanez did in 2008.
He started his career at Vivero Boxing Gym in Oak Cliff and now trains under Derrick James at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas.
Spence said he trains at the boxing gym two hours a day, goes home to run and later hits the gym to ride the bike and play basketball.
He said he’s worked on making his style more direct and claims his ability to counterpunch as his best asset. James zeroed in on Spence’s power. Lack of consistent focus may be Spence’s biggest liability.
E.J. hopes to use the 2012 Olympics to build experience and eventually turn professional.
One thing is for sure, he has an entire country on his side.