Thad Spencer

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Thad Spencer
Statistics
Real name Thad Spencer
Nickname(s) Babe
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality United States American
Born (1943-03-28) March 28, 1943 (age 74)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 32
Wins by KO 14
Losses 13
Draws 1

Thad Spencer (born 28 March 1943 – 13 December 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[edit]

32 Wins (14 knockouts, 18 decisions), 13 Losses (7 knockouts, 6 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 36-9-1 United States "Irish" Tony Doyle UD 10 07/06/1971 United States Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas 92-99, 95-98, 95-99.
Loss 15-0-1 United States Ron Stander UD 10 23/04/1971 United States Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska
Loss 15-2-1 Venezuela Jose Luis Garcia KO 2 05/10/1970 Venezuela Caracas
Loss 32-6-1 United States "Irish" Tony Doyle UD 10 28/05/1970 United States Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Draw 5-4 United States Charlie Reno PTS 10 18/03/1970 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
Loss 17-0 United States Mac Foster KO 1 20/05/1969 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California Spencer knocked out at 3:09 of the first round.
Loss 20-7-2 United Kingdom Billy Walker TKO 6 12/11/1968 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London Referee stopped the bout at 2:04 of the sixth round.
Loss 25-4 United States Leotis Martin TKO 9 28/05/1968 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the ninth round.
Loss 25-1-4 United States Jerry Quarry TKO 12 03/02/1968 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California WBA World Heavyweight Title Tournament Semi-Finals.
Win 39-5 United States Ernie Terrell UD 12 05/08/1967 United States Astrodome, Houston, Texas WBA World Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter-Finals.
Win 40-10-1 United States Amos Lincoln TKO 8 26/06/1967 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the eighth round.
Win 29-7-1 United States Doug Jones UD 10 14/10/1966 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California 11-0, 10-0, 8-1.
Loss 21-15-1 United States Bill McMurray TKO 7 13/09/1966 United States Sacramento, California California Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:58 of the seventh round.
Win 34-12 United Kingdom Brian London PTS 10 02/05/1966 United Kingdom Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Belle Vue, Manchester
Win 35-6 United Kingdom Jack Bodell RTD 2 18/04/1966 United Kingdom Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Belle Vue, Manchester Bodell did not come out for the third round.
Win 20-10-1 United States Billy "The Barber" Daniels TD 6 21/02/1966 United States Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California 2-3, 4-2, 4-2.
Win 11-8-2 United States Chuck Leslie UD 12 19/01/1966 United States Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California California Heavyweight Title. 6-3, 11-0, 7-1.
Loss 34-7-1 United States Amos Lincoln SD 10 22/11/1965 United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 27-8-2 United States Roger Rischer UD 12 26/04/1965 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California California Heavyweight Title. 10-1, 9-3, 12-0.
Win 19-7-1 United States Billy "The Barber" Daniels UD 10 17/03/1965 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California 8-2, 8-2, 7-1.
Win 9-4-1 United States Chuck Leslie UD 10 22/02/1965 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California 6-3, 7-3, 8-1.
Loss 28-6-1 United States Amos Lincoln TKO 9 15/12/1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the ninth round.
Win 33-8 United States Tom McNeeley KO 5 09/11/1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California Tom knocked out at 1:39 of the fifth round.
Win 18-28 United States Ollie Wilson TKO 7 13/10/1964 United States Castaways Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:21 of the seventh round.
Win 7-8-2 United States George "Scrap Iron" Johnson KO 4 04/08/1964 United States Castaways Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 18-14-2 United Kingdom Ray Shiel KO 5 05/07/1964 Sweden Rasunda, Solna Municipality
Loss 6-2 United States Chuck Leslie PTS 10 30/11/1963 United States Reno, Nevada
Win 4-1-3 United States "King" Jim Fletcher TKO 6 12/10/1963 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California Referee stopped the bout at 2:04 of the sixth round.
Win 17-3 United States Jefferson Davis UD 10 01/08/1963 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California 5-3, 5-4, 5-3.
Win 17-19-4 United States Monroe Ratliff TKO 9 13/05/1963 United States Moulin Rouge, Hollywood, California
Win 1-1 United States Alvin Tiger TKO 5 08/04/1963 United States Moulin Rouge, Santa Monica, California Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the fifth round.
Win 6-1 United States Leonard Dugan UD 10 20/10/1962 United States Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Win 9-4-1 United States Prince Bongoa KO 7 09/10/1962 United States San Jose, California
Win 6-0 United States Otis Lee PTS 6 10/07/1962 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 24-11-1 United States John Riggins PTS 6 28/05/1962 United States San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win 17-16 United States Art Wright KO 2 14/04/1962 United States San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California
Win 7-6-2 United States Dave Furch PTS 10 14/11/1961 United States Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California
Win 8-15-5 United States Lou Bailey UD 10 09/09/1961 United States Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Win 1-2 United States Jerry Gaines TKO 2 11/07/1961 United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Spokane, Washington Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the second round.
Loss 17-9-3 United States Shirley Pembleton PTS 4 01/07/1961 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 23-7-1 United States John Riggins UD 6 04/05/1961 United States Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Win 19-15-6 United States Yancy D. Smith KO 3 10/04/1961 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win 14-22-4 United States Frankie Haynes PTS 10 21/03/1961 United States San Jose, California
Win 27-12-2 United States Harvey Taylor PTS 8 23/01/1961 United States Seattle Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington
Win -- Theo Lolanzo PTS 6 07/09/1960 United States Sick's Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Win 13-19-2 United States Frankie Rowe TKO 3 03/05/1960 United States Tacoma Armory, Tacoma, Washington

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