Linden teen wants upcoming pro fight close to home in Flint area

Joey Spencer isn’t sure where his next fight will be held after raising his pro boxing record to 2-0 last weekend in Minneapolis.

But he does know where he wants to fight at some point this summer.

The 18-year-old boxer from Linden hopes to return to Michigan for his fourth pro bout, perhaps in August after he fights again in May or June.

Spencer and his management team began planning for the future shortly after his first-round knockout of Ousmane Sylla in a 156-pound bout Friday night at the historic Armory.

“They’re throwing me some dates in May and in June and in August,” Spencer said Sunday while en route from Minneapolis to Linden. “I’ll fight before August most likely. It will either be in May or June. I’m leaning toward June but I don’t have the exact date.

“This one probably won’t be in Michigan. If there’s going to be one in Michigan, it will probably be late summer, most likely August.”

Spencer said he and his father Jason, who is also his trainer, discussed the possibility of fighting in Michigan before the bout vs. Sylla.

“After this fight, I can think of no better time to go back to Michigan and headline a (card) and bring it to either Flint or even do something in Linden,” Spencer said. “Do something in the football stadium or something like that.

“That’s definitely my goal. Sometime this year I want to fight at home. If summer ever gets here.”

A spokesman for Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center said the 4,000-seat arena would be interested in hosting a Spencer bout if he wants to fight in Flint.

Spencer, a nine-time national champion in the amateur ranks, barely broke a sweat in beating Sylla (1-3, 1 KO).

His first punch, a short left hook, sent Sylla to the canvas just 12 seconds into the fight and he knocked Sylla down three times before the fight was stopped at the 51-second mark. It was Spencer’s second knockout in two pro fights.

Spencer recorded a second-round TKO vs. Mexico’s Uriel Gonzalez during his pro debut in February at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, meaning he’s spent less than seven minutes in the ring as a pro.

Spencer threw just four punches vs. Sylla and chuckled when asked if the win was easy as he made it look.

“What a lot of people don’t see is what goes into it for the eight weeks leading up to it,” he said. “That’s the hard part. Going into it, the fight being easy is the result of the training being so grueling.

“Definitely, it pays off in the ring.”

The quick KO caught Spencer a bit off-guard in a bout televised live by FS1.

“I expected to dominate. I always want to dominate,” he said. “But it was honestly the exact opposite of what I expected. The last time I fought, it was a second-round knockout and I wanted to slow down a little bit this fight and maybe take him in the third or fourth round.

“Show people my boxing skills, show people I can be relaxed. It was my TV debut so I didn’t want to get too excited. I wanted to take my time. I wanted to work my jab a lot more. I threw that one hook — I saw an opening for the hook — so I launched it and it was just one of those shots I didn’t expect him to go down.

‘I didn’t really feel it — it was so clean — and he was on his back.”

Now, Spencer is back home in Linden — he lives fulltime in Northern California — for about a month. He said he might even stay in Michigan to train for his next fight, whenever that might be.

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