Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/1/14
Confidence is a must-have for successful athletes at any level of competition, but in individual sports like boxing, it might be even more crucial. Errol Spence Jr., a 22-year-old boxer who is headed to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London later this year, heads into some tune-up events in the coming weeks feeling good about his chances to be among the top three finishers in the welterweight class. And the DeSoto native has every reason to be confident. After all, he has done some good things in the past year. Spence won the welterweight title at the 2011 Olympic Trials, then fell in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Boxing Championships in Azerbaijan to Serik Sapiyev, a two-time world welterweight champion. Despite the loss to Sapiyev, he still finished among the top 10 in his weight class and earned a trip to London. He has been training in Dallas since then and will leave next Wednesday for a tournament in Cuba. He'll then head to Los Angeles for two duels with the Ukraine. S...
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