Sensational super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (8-0, 6 KOs) got a stern test from Akeem Black (5-3, 2 KOs), but still managed to win a six-round unanimous decision. All three judges had Spencer winning the match 59-55, though it was by far the toughest fight of his young, promising career.
Spencer of Linden, Michigan and Chicago's Black had a spirited back-and-forth during the press conference on Friday afternoon. Spencer vowed to knock out Black, who told him that wouldn't happen despite his best efforts. Spencer tried to make good on his promise, but Black foiled his efforts by proving to be more than up for the challenge. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was ever in any trouble real trouble, though Black did give Spencer a bloody nose midway through the fight.
It was a much tougher fight than Spencer anticipated.
"It was a war. I think it will make me a better fighter,'' Spencer said. "I learned from this. I learned to not load up my punches so much. Use some