IBF Orders Spence-Ocampo
Following Saturday’s fight, IBF welterweight champion did not have a chance to decide what his next step is, as the IBF may have made it for him.
According to ESPN, the IBF has ordered Spence to make a mandatory defense of his title against Carlos Ocampo.
The undefeated Oampo is untested against championship-caliber competition in his 22 fight campaign, but has walked out of all of the winner with 13 of them knockouts. Ocampo is ranked No. 3 by the IBF among its 147-pound contenders, but the top two spots are vacant, which makes Ocampo the leading available contender for the mandatory defense Spence is due to make.
The IBF will allow promoter Tom Brown and Zanfer Promotions, which represents Ocampo, until February 22 to reach a deal for the Spence-Ocampo match. If they can’t come to an agreement, the IBF will order a purse bid.
Spence faced an optional opponent in Lamont Peterson, in the first defense of his IBF welterweight title Saturday night.
The 28-year-old Spence overpowered Peterson, battered him to the body and head, dropped him in the fifth round and forced Peterson’s trainer, Barry Hunter, to stop their scheduled 12-round fight just as the eighth round started.
Spence said following his superb performance that he would like to return to the ring in May or June, preferably in or near Dallas.
Spence’s goal is a welterweight title unification fight against WBA/WBC champ Keith Thurman. Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida, has indicated, however, that he won’t consider facing Spence until sometime next year.
Ocampo is unknown to American fight fans.
He has boxed only in Mexico since making his pro debut in July 2012. In his last fight, Ocampo stopped fellow Mexican Dario Ferman in the seventh round November 11 in Chihuahua, Mexico.