Errol Spence has a lot on his shoulders during this layoff, but trainer Derrick James’s “Abundance Mindset” on Spence’s comeback sees his fighter continuing right where he left off on his road to being undisputed at 147.
Errol Spence Jr holds the WBC and IBF welterweight titles, and is still touted as the Big 🦈 at 147 by the consensus following a 2019 where he whitewashed Mikey Garcia and unified the two belts by outbrawling the brawler in Shawn Porter.
But the 30-year-old Spence (26-0, 21 KO) isn’t just looking at a return from a long break due to the global pandemic shutdown of boxing. He’s also coming back from minor injuries he sustained in a one-car accident last autumn, and there has been a lot of chatter from different circles about what kind of fighter he’ll be in his return, and how much he might be affected.
Much of these circles falsely foretold that Spence would return in 2020 with a tune-up fight, but the fighter himself has said he’s not looking to do that, and trainer Derrick James told Fight Hub TV that he doesn’t see the need for one, either.
Instead, James says he’s comfortable with Spence going in right away against Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman or even Terence Crawford. The last name wouldn’t be an ideal candidate as a next fight due to that one being a potential SuperFight for the Ages at welterweight.
James says part of it is just Spence feeling very motivated to prove himself again.
“I didn’t have to do much, he’s a motivated individual. He feels like he has a lot to prove, and a lot of people counting him out,” James said. “He’s a guy who’s always going to step up to the test, so he’s going to do that and show the world.”
The trainer continued, saying he’s watched Spence in training and sees enough to go out there at Spence’s side against anyone.
“I think that, first of all, I want what he wants. But at the same time I’m grading him every day, looking at him, his reaction times, his technique, his skill set. We’re gradually getting better, so I don’t think we need that tune-up fight.
“Everybody’s been off now, nobody’s been fighting. So he’ll get a fight, and whoever it is, I don’t think it matters. They’re all great fighters. I just think it’s all about strategy, it’s all about game plan. That’s what it is for every fight. Everybody knows what they can’t do in a fight, what their inadequacies are. You have to work around those things and boost the things that you can do great. So that’s the key element, show what you can do great, and that’s it.”
Only time will tell and how Errol actually performs in the ring and will it be more than enough to let everyone especially his detractors know if he will truly be the same fighter he was when we last saw him, and that will only come only after his next bout’s performance. Even then, if Spence went in there with a tune up, there would’ve been noise about well he didn’t fight elite level competition.
Spence didn’t want that Keith Thurman label of “I Need My Get Back.” By Spence picking up where he left off at he has not only further angered but he has also silenced the Spence haters! For Spence and James, it seems the goal is to just get all that out of the way immediately.