With a first round body-shot, Errol Spence Jr. showed just how devastating he can be.
Spence connected on Carlos Ocampo in the main event of their bout from the Ford Center at The Star in Dallas this past weekend, defending his IBF welterweight title and handing Ocampo his first career loss. The event aired live on Showtime.
Spence successfully made his second title defense, improving to 24-0 in his career. Of those 24 wins, 21 have come via finish and the ninth time he has floored a fighter with a body-shot.
“I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money’s worth,” Spence said. “I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him.”
Ocampo dropped to 22-1 in his career with the loss. The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, was in attendance to watch Spence, a native son, compete.
“This moment is a dream,” Spence said. “I wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys and now I’m fighting in front of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones. Thank you to the whole Dallas Cowboys organization.
“We’ll definitely be back after I unify some titles. We’ll make this an annual thing where I fight here.”
Jones was thrilled with what was the first boxing event inside the Ford Center at The Star, the centerpiece of the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility.
“This room was full of Dallas Cowboys football players supporting you,” Jones said. “They share your passion. I saw a guy in this ring who knew what he wanted. When you knock a guy out by hitting him once on the side of his back, you’re bad to the bone.
“I love his awareness. He had a plan from the beginning. He is exceptionally gifted. He has family that is behind him and our family, the Cowboys, want to be behind him as well.”
For Spence, he is hopeful of a meeting with the winner of Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter next. Those two collide for the WBC title.
“I want to fight the best,” Spence promised. “Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are fighting each other (for the WBC title) and I definitely want to make that a unifying fight. We both have the same management, we both fight on Showtime. Why not make that happen? I definitely want that fight whenever it’s available.”
In the televised co-feature, Danny Roman defended his WBA super bantamweight championship with a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Moises Flores in a 12-round fight that was scored 116-112, 118-110, 120-108.
A special re-air of the broadcast takes place on Showtime Extreme Monday night at 10 p.m. ET and is also available on-demand.