Spence Expects Sell Out In Homecoming
After experiencing what it felt like to be on the other side of a major hometown crowd, when he faced Kell Brook in 2017, Errol Spence Jr, is looking to walk into the Ford Center as a conquering hero.
Spence Jr, who defeated Kell Brook in his hometown of Sheffield last year, will face off against IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo on June 16th, just outside of Spence’s hometown of Dallas.
As of now, the fight has sold over 12,000 tickets (per boxing scene), and may sell out with 15,000 expected on fight night.
“This is a big opportunity for me,” Spence said recently. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine. I can’t wait to fight in front of my hometown fans that have been rooting for me since the amateurs. It’s great to bring this event to Ford Center. I’m happy to defend my title against a great contender like Ocampo and I hope everyone comes out and supports their champion.”
“I don’t think there’s any extra pressure fighting in my hometown. It’s just added motivation. Real pressure was fighting against 30,000 fans in the champion’s hometown for my first title against Kell Brook. This is me fighting in front of people who love me and who have seen me grow up as a boxer. I can’t wait to put on a show for them.”
Spence, coming off a seventh round stoppage of Lamont Peterson in January, Spence feels that he’s earned a homecoming, especially after traveling to fight Brook in 2017.
“I feel like I’ve definitely earned this hometown fight,” Spence said. “To go to another country and fight a champion in his hometown, and to win the belt, I think I deserve to defend my belt in front of my fans.
“It’s going to be a great feeling being at this venue on fight night. When I was a kid, I thought I was going to be playing for the Cowboys. So this is just going to be a wonderful opportunity. I’ve already talked to a lot of Cowboys players who are excited to come see me fight.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene