Errol Spence to face Carlos Ocampo in Texas on June 16
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 01, 2018
Undefeated IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) has his next fight set. The bout will not be against any of the top welterweights in the division such as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter. Instead, Spence will have to make his IBF mandatory obligation and face his current mandatory challenger in Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs).
Spence-Ocampo is scheduled to take place on June 16 in Dallas, Texas. The fight should be a warm homecoming for the Texas native who is coming off of a successful first title defense against Washington D.C.’s Lamont Peterson. Spence’s performance against Peterson has propelled him in the eyes of many fans and pundits as one of the best pugilists in the world pound for pound.
While the bout with Ocampo may not be the fight boxing fans were anticipating it does allow Spence to do something he was not able to do in 2017. And that is to stay active. In 2017, Spence stepped inside the squared circle just once when he traveled over to the United Kingdom and dethroned then IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. With Spence’s second bout of 2018 already scheduled, fans could see the fearsome welterweight up to three times this year.
For Ocampo, the bout with Spence will be his first fight out of Mexico in his career. The Mexico native is largely unknown to many fans and will likely walk into the bout with Spence as a considerable underdog. If Ocampo were to come out victorious against Spence, it might turn out to be the biggest upset in the sport in quite some time.
Should Spence come out victorious against Ocampo as expected, many will continue to beat the drums for a welterweight unification fight with Thurman. Until then, fans should be satisfied that they will be able to see Spence in the ring more than once this year.
(Feature Photo: Stacey Verbeek)