June 17, 2018
June 17, 2018
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UNDEFEATED IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jnr successfully defended his belt for a second time, requiring just three minutes to dispatch the previously unbeaten Carlos Ocampo.

Fighting in his home state of Texas at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, the 28-year-old champion had been expected to sweep aside his largely untested Mexican opponent, and that is exactly what came to pass in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,604.

Ocampo did, however, acquit himself well for the first two minutes and fifty-seven seconds of the bout. After a cagey opening sequence of jabbing from the fighters, the 22-year-old challenger landed the first significant punch of the contest – a left hook to the midsection. Spence quickly replied with the same shot, before the pair entered into a brief exchange of hooks.

With time running out in the first frame, Spence connected with a shooting jab to the head, followed by a left hand downstairs, which seemed to stray low. A sweet left hook to the solar plexus then found its mark from the Desoto southpaw, who connected with a curving follow-up right to the ribs.

Only three seconds were left in the opener when Ocampo dropped to his knees and slumped forward with his forehead on the mat. The Ensenada man was unable to beat the referee’s count, with the official time of the KO being given as 3-00.

Afterwards, Spence called out the winner of the clash between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, who are pencilled in to meet on August 25 for the vacant WBC welter crown – a title previously held by the currently sidelined Keith Thurman. Another appealing option for Spence is Terence Crawford, who recently took the WBO 147lb strap from Jeff Horn.

On the undercard, Los Angeles’ WBA super-bantamweight boss Daniel Roman, 28, unanimously outpointed Guadalajara’s Moises Flores – who came in overweight – by scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 120-108. It was the first loss for the 31-year-old Mexican.