Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo l Main Card Fight Previews & Predictions

On Saturday, 16th June, 2018 Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. will put his IBF welterweight crown on the line against the ferocious Mexican fighter, Carlos Ocampo. The bout is scheduled to take place in Dallas, Texas in association with SHOWTIME promotions. It marks the first boxing event to be hosted inside the Ford Centre as well as Spence’s first defence as world champion in his home town. Here is our fight preview and prediction for that main event.

 

Main event fight preview

The silky operating Spence is all set for a second title defence at 147 lbs this June with up-and-coming challenger Ocampo poised as his latest challenge. Ever since his career-defining fight against Kell Brook, in which he won the strap, Spence has asserted himself as one of boxing’s finest athletes in the modern era.

Some dare to say he’s pound-for-pound material, although aged just 28 the southpaw champion has years ahead in which to dominate this division. Talk has even sprung of him taking on fellow welterweight title-holder Terence Crawford who only last weekend mauled Jeff Horn in a classy one-sided encounter. Should Spence ease passed Ocampo, it’s almost a certainty that the two titans will lay the silverware on the line for a winner-takes-all fight in the fall of 2018.

Ocampo, known in the boxing fraternity as Chema, should not be written off without a hope just yet. The starlet may be giving away six years in experience to Spence although he has taken on just as many fights in a shorter space of time with a flurry of wins that now sees him ranked by the IBF as their #3 contender. As an amateur boxer, he took silver in the 2009 and 2011 Mexican National Olympiads.

When interviewed about this upcoming title fight, Spence said: “I’m honored to be fighting in Dallas before my hometown fans and the people who have supported me from the beginning,” said Spence, who last fought in Dallas in 2015, a knockout victory over Alejandro Barrera. “This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It’s going to be great to fight at The Star, and because I’m a big Dallas Cowboys fan, I’m looking forward to fighting on the campus of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.

“I believe that I’m the number one fighter in the welterweight division and I’ll step into the ring on June 16 with that feeling. I’m going to draw from the energy of my fans. I’ve studied some of Ocampo and I can tell he likes to box but he’s willing to get into a fight. I know how he feels going into someone else’s hometown for his first shot at the title. This is his big opportunity and it’s going to make this a great event.”

 

Errol Spence Jr form and recent fight record

A true scholar of the sport, Errol Spence Jr is building a reputation as a technical genius inside the ring, but in addition to his clinical style of fighting he’s also a man who finishes fights inside the distance. A snapshot of his last five fights reveals his ability to knock guys out or force them to retire on their stool. In his last fight against King Pete, The Truth demonstrated his excellence at welterweight in finishing his toughest opponent to date. Prior this to fight, he stole the strap from Kell Brook (who he narrowly avoided blinding in the process) and dismantled a host of top named boxers efficiently.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

20/01/18 Lamont Peterson Barclays Center, Brooklyn W RTD
27/05/17 Kell Brook Bramall Lane Football Ground, Sheffield W KO
21/08/16 Leonard Bundu Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island W KO
16/04/16 Chris Algieri Barclays Center, Brooklyn W TKO
28/11/15 Alejandro Barrera The Bomb Factory, Dallas W TKO

Carlos Ocampo form and recent fight record

Akin to the run of hot form seen by Spence, Ocampo has racked up quite a sexy string of results whilst fighting back in his native Mexico. His journey, which began in 2012 includes 22 wins with a 60% KO ratio. Having fought twice last year Chema is fresh going into this upcoming bout with Spence, who many will suggest is a step up in ability from those he has beaten previously in his short tenure as a professional boxer. A win will skyrocket his stock and rankings respectively in this welterweight division.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

11/11/17 Dario Ferman Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo, Chihuahua W TKO
14/01/17 Daniel Echeverria Gimnasio Municipal Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Tecate W UD
20/08/16 Alvaro Robles La Cetto Vineyard, Valle de Guadalupe W UD
18/06/16 Ramses Agaton Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana W UD
06/02/16 Charlie Navarro Gimnasio El Maneadero, Ensenada W KO

 

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo predictions

The writing is on the wall for Spence to shine in this welterweight bout and chase down Bud Crawford for a fight of the ages. The odds are stacked in the Dallas fighter’s corner, bookmakers are tipping him to win outright by a wide margin. Those backing Spence to win will need to place high stakes for any reasonable return. Ocampo has dazzled in his lead-up to this monumental career highlight, yet his inability to see off opponents of a lower stature over 12 rounds is a major concern for how he will go one step further in beating a far superior athlete. Spence to take this on points by a majority decision.

 

Full fight card

  • Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo, 12 rounds, for Spence’s IBF welterweight title
  • Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores, 12 rounds, for Roman’s WBA junior featherweight title
  • Javier Fortuna vs. Adrian Granados, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Yordenis Ugas vs. TBA, 8 rounds, welterweights
  • Roberto Marroquin vs. Ricardo Nunez, 10 rounds, lightweights
  • Stephen Fulton vs. Jesus Ahumada, 10 rounds, featherweights
  • Adrian Taylor vs. Jay Williams, 6 rounds, cruiserweights
  • Fernando Garcia vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Eminantas Stanionis vs. TBA, 8 rounds, welterweights
  • Alejandro Guerrero vs. David Fabela, 6 rounds, lightweights
  • Willie Jones vs. TBA, 4 rounds, welterweights

 

How to watch the fight

Those planning to watch the action live can enquire about ticket availability at SeatGeek.com and other major ticket reseller websites. Viewers at home can tune in by subscribing to BoxNation. Expect the main event to begin from the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

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