Spence KOs Ocampo at End of 1st Round

It only took a full round for Errol Spence Jr. to put away Carlos Ocampo and retain the IBF Welterweight Title in front of a home crowd in Dallas, Texas.

Spence landed a few solid body shots in the closing seconds of the round that dropped Ocampo, and the challenger failed to answer the referee’s count.

“I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give this crowd their money’s worth,” Spence said. “But the body shot landed right on point and it dropped him.”

The round started as a feeling-out kind of round, with a lot of moving around the ring. Ocampo did land his fair share of punches, but Spence answered back. In the closing seconds, it appeared the champion hit Spence low, but Ocampo did not seem to react much. What Ocampo did react to, however, was the champion landing a left uppercut to the body and a right hand right under Ocampo’s left arm to send him down to the canvas.

“That’s my gameplan. I’m the body snatcher,” Spence said.

This fight meant a lot to Spence because he was competing at the facilities of a favorite team, a team he wanted to play for growing up — the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Spence hinted in the future “after unifying titles” that a title defense in Dallas could become an annual thing.

Several members of the Cowboys, including quarterback Dak Prescott and owner Jerry Jones, were in attendance for the fight.

“I saw a guy in this ring that knew what he wanted,” Jones said. “When you knock a man out by knocking him on the side of his back, you are bad to the bone.”

Spence said he will now aim for title unification — and it appears it will start by challenging the winner of the August 25 Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter fight that will declare a new WBC welterweight champion.

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