Spence Fine With Ocampo Fight
Earlier this week, Showtime announced that Errol Spence Jr. will return to the ring on June 16th, fighting in his home state of Texas.
On January 20th, Spence defended his IBF welterweight crown, in a command 8th round TKO victory over Lamont Peterson at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Sources claim that the fight could take place in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, at the Jerry Jones owned The Star complex, which could be configured for between 8,000-10,000 fans.
Following his successful defense, the IBF ordered Spence to face undefeated Carlos Ocampo of Mexico, who is ranked third by the sanctioning body. Ocampo is the highest ranked available contender, but it’s not apparent as of yet if his promoter is willing to put him in the ring with Spence.
Spence has no problem with satisfying his mandatory obligation. The IBF is pretty strict when it comes to their mandatory defenses and they do not allow step-aside agreements.
Ocampo fought twice in 2017, including a stoppage victory that he picked up in November in Mexico. All of his fights have taken place in Mexico, and Spence would be a big step up in class.
“The IBF just ordered me to fight Ocampo. They ordered my mandatory two days after my fight [with Peterson], so maybe I gotta fight him. It could be my mandatory [next]. He’s 23-0, a guy from Mexico. It could be him, I don’t know,” Spence told BoxingScene.com.
The fight Spence really wants is a unification showdown with WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who is scheduled to return against an opponent to be determined on May 19th, at the Barclays Center.
Spence is planning to have at least a third fight before the end of year, but it’s likely not going to be Thurman.