Can Carlos Ocampo handle “The Truth”?
The pun and games will be over tonight as Errol Spence Jr. makes his second defense of the IBF welterweight title vs. Ocampo (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET).
Spence looks to continue his ascent in the welterweight division — and boxing as a whole — with another victory. While you have to give Ocampo a puncher’s chance, this one could be lights out early in Texas.
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Ocampo steps in as the mandatory challenger for Spence’s IBF belt. Some questioned whether Spence would take on other noteworthy opponents in the division, but the pickings are slim: it’s unknown when Keith Thurman is coming back to the ring, while Shawn Porter is awaiting his opportunity to face someone — anyone — for a title shot. Danny Garcia is … somewhere.
That leaves Terence Crawford for a potential bout later this year. Crawford, fresh off his domination of Jeff Horn on June 9, told Sporting News in an exclusive interview that he wants Spence in the ring, potentially later this year. Spence mirrored those sentiments.
Ocampo could disrupt the balance with a monumental victory tonight, but don’t expect it.
(All times Eastern.)
Spence vs. Ocampo fight results
Daniel Roman vs. Moises Flores
10:03 p.m.: Roman trying to work the body. Flores is longer and winds up with his punches, but he’s leaving himself open to body work, which will take its toll if he keeps getting popped there.
10:01 p.m.: Roman looks pretty good in this fight. Flores was coming on in Round 2, but Roman still boxing well.
9:58 p.m.: Flores is trying to land power shots, but Roman defending and evading well. Not letting anything big land.
9:52 p.m.: Next up, Daniel Roman vs. Moises Flores. Round 1, ding ding.
Javier Fortuna vs. Adrian Granados — no contest
9:42 p.m.: Tough to see what really happened on replay, but Jim Gray said he heard Fortuna complaining about his neck on the stretcher. Bad way for a fun fight to end. You can read more about what happened here.
9:32 p.m.: So Adrian Granados just pushed Javier Fortuna out of the ring, and Fortuna must have hit his head on something. He looks out of it. This is crazy. The fight is over. Fortuna is in a neckbrace and being taken out of the ring on a stretcher.
9:30 p.m.: Fortuna was deducted two points and then immediately starts throwing bombs.
9:28 p.m.: Third round came to an end with both guys throwing bombs. Never forget Granados can take a punch or two. This is fun to watch.
9:22 p.m.: They are really throwing in the second round. Very ugly, brawl-style fight here. Lots of holding and lots of wild punches.
9:18 p.m: Fortuna throwing some wild combos in Round 1. Tagged Granados with a straight left, landed clean.
9:10 p.m.: Fortuna vs. Granados starts us off tonight. That should be a good scrap.
9:04 p.m.: Tripleheader of fights tonight. Should be an action-packed eve.
9:00 p.m.: Everything is bigger in Texas, even Errol Spence Jr. Away we go, folks.
8:30 p.m.: OK fight fans, we are a half hour away from Spence vs. Ocampo. The champ is here.
CHAMP IS HERE @ErrolSpenceJr #SpenceOcampo pic.twitter.com/4qz3mKdpdZ
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) June 17, 2018
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