Errol Spence Jr. takes out Carlos Ocampo in One Round to Retain IBF Welterweight Championship
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: June 17, 2018
FRISCO, TEXAS – The hype train continues on its steady course with Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) scoring an emphatic first-round knockout over Carlos Ocampo (22-1, 13 KOs). This victory would mark the second triumphant title defense of Spence’s IBF welterweight championship, which he earned last year by traveling to the United Kingdom and stopping then champion, Kell Brook in eleven rounds.
The fight with Ocampo took place at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas where the National Football League’s (NFL) Dallas Cowboy’s train. Spence is a Texas native, and the bout was sort of homecoming for him in celebration of him now being a world champion. When the first bell rang, Spence went immediately to work putting pressure on the 22-year old Ocampo. This was the first fight for the Mexican fighter outside of Mexico, and he quickly learned that there was another level of competition in the welterweight division than what he may have become accustomed.
Spence was able to back Ocampo against the ropes and unleashed a one-two combination to the Mexican’s body with a punch to the liver that ended the fight with Ocampo unable to recover before the referee could reach the count of ten. Now that Spence has taken care of his obligatory, mandatory title defense, fans want to see him in against the other champions at welterweight.
At this time there is a vast amount of anticipation to see Spence take on former undisputed 140-pound and current WBO welterweight champion, Terence Crawford. A match with Crawford would not only decide the best welterweight but possibly the best in the sport pound-for-pound.
Later this year former welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter will meet for the WBC welterweight title that was vacated by Keith Thurman due to injury and inactivity. With Porter, Thurman, and Garcia all in the same promotional umbrella of Al Haymon and Showtime, a fight with Crawford would likely take place later rather than sooner.
The fight with Ocampo may not end being significant when Spence decides to hang up the gloves and retire, but it did highlight that only elite fighters will be able to test the Texas native. Whether he faces another world champion in a unification bout next or not, fans will be anticipating the next time Spence steps inside the squared circle.
(Featured Photo: Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Photo)