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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:54 PM

A Blow to the Belly: Spence Brings Home the Win in One Round

By: April Nicole

Thousands gathered on Saturday June 16, 2018 in Frisco, TX to witness history in the making. Desotos’ own Errol Spence Jr. took on opponent Carlos Ocampo. The highly anticipated fight aired live on Showtime following two televised bouts.

The energy at the Ford Center at The Star, the training facility for the Dallas Cowboys was electric as 12,604 people packed the venue for a sold out show. Hall of famer Michael Irvin, boxing twins Jermell & Jermall Charlo and rapper Lil Boosie were just a few celebrities spotted ringside at the iconic event.

Spence was introduced by Dallas Rapper Yella Beezy who debuted his  Billboard top 40 hit song  “That’s On Me". Enthusiasts cheered as Spence entered the arena. The Welterweight world titleholder entered the ring and delivered a victory in the first round. After a few jabs Ocampo was knocked out from a body shot.

"I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money's worth. I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him," Spence said. "It was a great victory. It was really short, so it is hard to describe. I took my time. I tried to use my jab. He was a little bit awkward, but I caught him and was able to actually hurt him. I thought he was going to be a little bit tougher, but I hit him with a body shot. I don't get paid for overtime. If I can get him out in the first, great, but I wanted to carry it, go to the fourth or fifth round for the fans."

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones delivered a message to Spence in the ring after the victory "This room was full of Dallas Cowboys football players supporting you, they share your passion. I saw a guy in this ring who knew what he wanted. When you knock a guy out by hitting him once on the side of his back, you're bad to the bone.

Ocampo, who was a mandatory challenger was an underdog. Never beating a top opponent the odds were not in his favor. Campo stated after his defeat “l got a lot of experience out of fighting Errol. It would have been a very difficult fight for me. I got overconfident at the end of the round and he caught me."

What’s next for Spence? "I want to fight the best," Spence said “Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are fighting each other and I definitely want to make that a unifying fight. We both have the same management, we both fight on Showtime. Why not make that happen? I definitely want that fight whenever it's available."