Mary Spencer thinks big | Montreal Journal

For Mary Spencer, who will be fighting under the Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) banner for the first time on Saturday at the Casino de Montréal, Beatrice Aguilar is just one step away from her goal of taking on Claressa Shields in the professional category.

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Spencer (3-0-0, 2 KOs) turned pro mainly due to this motivation. The two women fought twice as an amateur and each time Shields won.

But it was in middleweight, Shields’ natural category. Now Spencer wants her to join her at welterweight.

“I would say my first pro goal is to fight Clarissa Shields in my category,” Spencer explained during a media workout Tuesday. I have risen twice in her category, and I would like to meet her with her, who will go down to mine.

Marie-Eve Dicker, IBF welterweight champion, is also among the champions she would like to face.

“Of course I see other women with belts. I didn’t go to the pros for a single fight, she warned. So I’m looking at belts in my category. One belongs to a girl here in Quebec, so of course I want to have it.”

“It’s really going to depend on what my team comes up with.”

At 37, Spencer may not have enough time to reach her goals. However, she gave a sharp response to this remark. “People tell me that I won’t have time. But in fact, there is no age limit, as far as I know.


Before dreaming of belts, Spencer will have to take courses and rise in various rankings. Aguilar (7-6-1, 1 KO) should allow him to take a step in that direction.

This will certainly be a big step forward for Spencer, whose first three opponents at the time of the fight were in contention for an overall record of 5-46-2. However, it is important to note that every time the fighter she faced backed down from the duel originally planned.

Be that as it may, the Ontarian was able to learn how professional boxing works, which is very different from the amateur world.

“Everything in professional boxing is about fun,” she said. Instead of the purely sporty look that I’ve gotten used to in 15 years, it’s fun. So we have to make changes. It’s not just a sport anymore.”

Change, yes, but not too much. “I’ll just be myself and I think my talent will speak for itself.”

A very special and noble journey

While most boxers are considering retirement at 37, Mary Spencer, recently sponsored by Eye of the Tiger Management, is taking her first steps in professional boxing and has every intention of becoming a champion very soon.

Spencer’s origin is anything but traditional. She started her amateur career with a bang, becoming the world champion in the 66 kg category at the age of 20 in 2005. She did it again in 2008 before her Olympic ambitions forced her to move up to the 75 kg category. In 2010, she added another world title in this category.

However, her Olympic dream quickly turned into a nightmare when China’s Li Jinzi defeated her in the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics.

“After that, I feel like there were several years of depression because of my performance,” Spencer said during a media workout Tuesday. I looked at what I could have done differently. I was hard on myself. My performances got worse and worse until I told myself I had to stop.

Help the youth

After that, Spencer moved to Kashechewan, located on the banks of the Albany River near James Bay in northern Ontario. She participated in a program designed to keep the youth of this first nation from crime.

Spencer herself is of Aboriginal origin. She was born at Cape Croker, north of Toronto on the Bruce Peninsula, where the Ojibwa live. Therefore, she was well aware of the reality that young people in Kashechevan faced when she arrived there.

Initially, she did not want to box there. But the flame quickly returned when the young people questioned her about it. So she started teaching boxing as part of that worthy cause and then got serious about training again.

“And now I’m connected with Eye of the Tiger Management, I live in Montreal, and I’m very happy to be here. I am very happy with the gym where I train and the people with whom I train. And I can’t wait to show the hard work I’ve put in to get here and all the knowledge and skills I’ve accumulated over 20 years of boxing.”

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