Spencer , Thad
Thad Spencer was born in Portland, Oregon on March 28, 1943. He began boxing as an amateur at the age of 14 and became an outstanding amateur fighte before turning professional in 1960 after earning claiming the Amateur Athletic Union's "Golden Boy Award." The highlight of his professional career came in August, 1967 when he defeated ex-WBA Heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell in the first fight of the famous 8-man tournament that was organized to establish a successor to Muhammad Ali's World Heavyweight title after the title was taken from him due to his refusal to be inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States. In 1967, he was the top ranked heavyweight in the world and was scheduled to fight Muhammad Ali for the title at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, but the match did not take place because Ali was stripped of the title. Spencer was long regarded as one of the top heavweight fighters in the world and favored by many to win the tournament and the Heavyweight title, but lost in an upset to Jerry Quarry. One of the greatest victories of his career was a 10-round decision over Doug Jones in 1968. Spencer's professional record consisted of 32 wins (14 by knockout), 13 losses and 1 draw before his last fight in 1971.