IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) has been out of the ring since defeating IBF 147 lb. champion Kell Brook by a 11th round knockout on May 27, and he likely won’t be fighting again until January of next year, according to Dan Rafael.
Spence’s management is not doing a decent job of keeping him busy when he clearly needs to be busy. It looks like Spence’s management either doesn’t have dates for Spence or the money for him to fight. Before he beat Brook, Spence, 27, was really looking forward to becoming a world champion.
Now that he’s won the IBF title, Spence is now more inactive than he was when he was just a regular contender fighting only 2 times per year. Golden Boy Promotions would love to sign Spence. It’s unclear why he doesn’t sign with them, as they would look to keep him busy.
Spence wants to fight a unification against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, but he’s not doing anything to increase his profile by staying busy and defending his title. At this point, Spence would be better off defending his IBF title against any challenger, even just a bottom feeder. It’s a heck of a lot better for Spence to be staying busy being seen than it is for him to be inactive not fighting.
It just makes you wonder if Spence is going to fall into the same trap that we’ve seen Danny Jacobs fall into when he captured the WBA middleweight title in 2014. Instead of Jacobs being involved in high profile fights as the WBA champion, he wasted time defending his title against the likes of Caleb Truax and Sergio Mora twice.
Jacobs was wasted as a champion before he fought Gennady Golovkin, which was a fight that the World Boxing Association ordered. The results of that fight weren’t a good one for Jacobs, but he still gained a lot by the exposure of being seen against Golovkin. Spence needs to be kept busy defending his IBF title instead of his management keeping him on the shelf.
It’s going to be interesting to see who Spence winds up facing in January if he even gets a fight at that time. If Spence still hasn’t been given a fight by his management by next May, you should wonder if he’s wasting his time with them. If management can’t get fights for a guy, then they need to move on.
Right now, I think Spence’s career is being badly wasted. He’s not going to become a star and a household name by him not fighting and just being interviewed from time to time. I hate to say it, but I think Spence was better off when he was just a contender rather than a champion. At least when Spence was a contender, he was fighting two times per year. As the IBF champion, Spence hasn’t fought at all. What a waste. The poor is doing nothing with his boxing career.