Olympians headline Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday
In 2012, the U.S. men’s boxing team failed to bring home a medal for the first time in Olympic history. The fighters from that team have been on a professional tear since.
Olympians Errol Spence (19-0, 16 KOs) and Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) are on the Premier Boxing Champions card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.
Spence, 26, lost in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals, the best result for a U.S. men’s boxer in London.
He’s undefeated as a pro and headlines Saturday night’s card against former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
Spence said he doesn’t regret his Olympic experience. The welterweight also isn’t surprised that he has rung up an unbeaten record in the three-plus years since.
“I had high expectations for myself,” Spence said. "[Hopefully] fighting for a title in four or five years [after the Olympics]. Fighting guys like Chris Algieri. I definitely saw myself in this position.”
Browne is on Saturday’s undercard in a light heavyweight bout with fellow unbeaten Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Browne, 25, lost his only match at the London Olympics but like Spence is unbeaten since.
“I don’t ever want to feel that feeling I felt after losing in the Olympic Games,” Browne said. “I vowed to myself that would be the last time I feel like that after a fight.”