Thad Spencer

Thad Spencer
Statistics
Nickname(s) Babe
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality United States American
Born Thaddeus Spencer Jr.
(1943-03-28)March 28, 1943
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died December 13, 2013(2013-12-13) (aged 70)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 32
Wins by KO 14
Losses 13
Draws 1

Thaddeus Spencer Jr. (March 28, 1943 – December 13, 2013) was an American heavyweight boxer.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Spencer made his professional boxing debut in May 1960. After building up a 31-5 record, which included wins over contenders Doug Jones, Brian London and Amos Lincoln, he was highly regarded enough to be a part of the eight-man WBA elimination tournament, held after Muhammad Ali had been stripped of the title. Spencer won a 12 round decision over former title-holder Ernie Terrell in August 1967 and was then matched against Jerry Quarry in the semi-finals. Despite entering the bout as a 6/4 favourite, Spencer lost to Quarry by a 12th round TKO.

Spencer lost his next three fights by knockout, to Leotis Martin, Billy Walker and Mac Foster, and was never a serious title contender again. He continued boxing until 1971, though without winning another bout.

Spencer died in his sleep on December 13, 2013 in Valleo, CA.[1]

Spencer's son Todd Spencer was a football star for U.S.C., and played 3 seasons in the N.F.L. for the Steelers and the Chargers.

Professional boxing record[]

Professional record summary
46 fights 32 wins 13 losses
By knockout 14 7
By decision 18 6
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
46 Loss 32–13–1 United States Tony Doyle UD 10 07/06/1971 United States Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
45 Loss 32–12–1 United States Ron Stander UD 10 23/04/1971 United States Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska
44 Loss 32–11–1 Venezuela Jose Luis Garcia KO 2 (10) 05/10/1970 Venezuela Caracas
43 Loss 32–10–1 United States Tony Doyle UD 10 28/05/1970 United States Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
42 Draw 32–9–1 United States Charlie Reno PTS 10 18/03/1970 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
41 Loss 32–9 United States Mac Foster KO 1 (10) 20/05/1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California
40 Loss 32–8 United Kingdom Billy Walker TKO 6 (10) 12/11/1968 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
39 Loss 32–7 United States Leotis Martin TKO 9 (10) 28/05/1968 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London
38 Loss 32–6 United States Jerry Quarry TKO 12 (12) 03/02/1968 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California WBA World Heavyweight Title Tournament Semi-Finals
37 Win 32–5 United States Ernie Terrell UD 12 05/08/1967 United States Astrodome, Houston, Texas WBA World Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter-Finals
36 Win 31–5 United States Amos Lincoln TKO 8 (10) 26/06/1967 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California
35 Win 30–5 United States Doug Jones UD 10 14/10/1966 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California
34 Loss 29–5 United States Bill McMurray TKO 7 (12) 13/09/1966 United States Sacramento, California Lost California Heavyweight Title
33 Win 29–4 United Kingdom Brian London PTS 10 02/05/1966 United Kingdom Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Belle Vue, Manchester
32 Win 28–4 United Kingdom Jack Bodell RTD 2 (10) 18/04/1966 United Kingdom Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Belle Vue, Manchester
31 Win 27–4 United States Billy Daniels TD 6 (10) 21/02/1966 United States Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
30 Win 26–4 United States Chuck Leslie UD 12 19/01/1966 United States Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California Won California Heavyweight Title
29 Loss 25–4 United States Amos Lincoln SD 10 22/11/1965 United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
28 Win 25–3 United States Roger Rischer UD 12 26/04/1965 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
27 Win 24–3 United States Billy Daniels UD 10 17/03/1965 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
26 Win 23–3 United States Chuck Leslie UD 10 22/02/1965 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
25 Loss 22–3 United States Amos Lincoln TKO 9 (10) 15/12/1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
24 Win 22–2 United States Tom McNeeley KO 5 (10) 09/11/1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
23 Win 21–2 United States Ollie Wilson TKO 7 (10) 13/10/1964 United States Castaways Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
22 Win 20–2 United States George Johnson KO 4 (10) 04/08/1964 United States Castaways Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
21 Win 19–2 United Kingdom Ray Shiel KO 5 (8) 05/07/1964 Sweden Rasunda, Solna Municipality
20 Loss 18–2 United States Chuck Leslie PTS 10 30/11/1963 United States Reno, Nevada
19 Win 18–1 United States Jim Fletcher TKO 6 (10) 12/10/1963 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
18 Win 17–1 United States Jefferson Davis UD 10 01/08/1963 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
17 Win 16–1 United States Monroe Ratliff TKO 9 (10) 13/05/1963 United States Moulin Rouge, Hollywood, California
16 Win 15–1 United States Alvin Tiger TKO 5 (10) 08/04/1963 United States Moulin Rouge, Santa Monica, California
15 Win 14–1 United States Leonard Dugan UD 10 20/10/1962 United States Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
14 Win 13–1 United States Prince Bongoa KO 7 (8) 09/10/1962 United States San Jose, California
13 Win 12–1 United States Otis Lee PTS 6 10/07/1962 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
12 Win 11–1 United States John Riggins PTS 6 28/05/1962 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
11 Win 10–1 United States Art Wright KO 2 (?) 14/04/1962 United States San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California
10 Win 9–1 United States Dave Furch PTS 10 14/11/1961 United States Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California
9 Win 8–1 United States Lou Bailey UD 10 09/09/1961 United States Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
8 Win 7–1 United States Jerry Gaines TKO 2 (10) 11/07/1961 United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Spokane, Washington Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the second round.
7 Loss 6–1 United States Shirley Pembleton PTS 4 01/07/1961 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
6 Win 6–0 United States John Riggins UD 6 04/05/1961 United States Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
5 Win 5–0 United States Yancy D. Smith KO 3 (6) 10/04/1961 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California
4 Win 4–0 United States Frankie Haynes PTS 10 21/03/1961 United States San Jose, California
3 Win 3–0 United States Harvey Taylor PTS 8 23/01/1961 United States Seattle Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington
2 Win 2–0 Theo Lolanzo PTS 6 07/09/1960 United States Sick's Stadium, Seattle, Washington
1 Win 1–0 United States Frankie Rowe TKO 3 (4) 03/05/1960 United States Tacoma Armory, Tacoma, Washington

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