On the September 11 edition of PBC on Spike TV, Errol Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) brutally stopped a solid opponent in Chris van Heerden (23-2-1, 12 KOs) in Round 8 of a scheduled 10-round Welterweight fight at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Canada.
The Welterweight fight was the co-main event of the Light Heavyweight clash between Adonis Stevenson and Tommy Karpency.
Spence, 25, is widely considered the most promising prospect of the 2012 American Olympic team, and demonstrated his talent tonight with a complete domination of a fairly solid opponent.
van Heerden, 28, had never been stopped before, and had arguably never lost a fight, but he did not have the talent to go 10 rounds with someone as talented as Spence.
Spence, who often comes forward with a high guard from a southpaw stance, knocked Heerden down in Round 7 twice.
Spence then followed the knockdowns with punishing blows to van Heerden’s body and head in Round 8.
When referee Allan Huggins noticed that van Heerden was no longer responding, he called a halt to the fight at :50 seconds of that very same round.
Spence is rising star, and looks to be a major force in the Welterweight division.
“I want to fight anyone in the top 10, I think I deserve it,” said Spence after the fight.