By Michael Shepherd / @mshep10
Errol Spence Jr. will make a mandatory defense against Carlos Ocampo Saturday at the Ford Center at The Star Fridco, Texas for the IBF welterweight title.
Southpaw Errol Spence enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Spence’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Lamont Peterson. Spence made light work of his last opponent, controlling the fight from start to finish and producing a seventh round stoppage, as Peterson’s corner said he had enough. Spence now looks to defend the belt he took from Kell Brook for the second time. Spence is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 72 inch reach. Spence has emerged as one of the most exciting champions in boxing today with combinations of skill that he has crafted into fan friendly style . Spence has produced stoppages in each of his last 10 fights, and while he has pure punching power and can land that one big blow, it’s the constant body shots that end up taking its toll. Spence also has a really high boxing IQ and has proven he has a respectable chin, so he’s more than willing to trade punches to get the fight in his favor. Spence has put himself in the conversation for best pound for pound in the world.
Mexican prospect Carlos Ocampo enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. Ocampo is one of the better young prospects within the welterweight division, a former highly decorated amateur within the Mexican set-up having won multiple national titles. but this is a massive step up in competition considering his top-two wins came against Jorge Paez Jr. and Ramses Agaton. Ocampo is a 22-year-old Mexican who has an orthodox stance. From limited film I’ve seen, Ocampo is a lengthy fighter with a wide stance and has shown the ability to work behind his jab while mixing in combinations. Ocampo isn’t the most accurate puncher in the world and has a ways to go when it comes to fundamentals, but the potential is there, and you certainly can’t question the kids heart considering he’s willing to step in the ring with a killer at his age. Ocampo needs to bulk up his frame a bit and improve his punching power if he’s going to make a statement in this division. This will be Ocampo’s first time fighting outside of Mexico.by