DOB: December 12, 1984
Career Highlights: Even though she's a three-time world champion in a relatively new amateur sport, Spencer's dream of fighting in the first
Olympic competition in women's boxing appeared to have been dashed earlier this year. In the opening bout of her world title
defense, Spencer suffered a stunning 18-11 loss to Sweden's Anna Laurell in May. The following month, however, Spencer was
awarded a wild-card spot in the 75-kg division to keep her Olympic medal dreams alive. Beginning with her first fight nine
years ago, when she won with a knockout in the first round, Spencer has been punching her way to the top of the rankings.
She captured her first world championship in 2005 in the 66-kg division, getting named the tournament’s top boxer. Spencer
took home bronze at the 2006 worlds but returned to the top spot in 2008. For the 2010 worlds, Spencer moved up to the 75-kg
weight division in preparation for the London Games because there is no 66-kg class for women in this Olympics. She cruised
to a 14-2 victory over 2008 world champion Jinzi Li of China in the final to claim her third world championship. Spencer is
an eight-time Canadian national champion and also has five Pan American Games titles to her credit, most recently in 2011.
Known for using her height and powerful punches to enforce her will on opponents, Spencer may be more recognizable to non-boxing
fans due to her sponsorship deal with Cover Girl.
Olympic History: None