The IBF Welterweight title encounter followed the script as Dallas’ Errol “The Truth” Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) folded Carlos Ocampo (22-1, 13 KOs) with two harrowing body shots in the night’s opener to seal the deal.
“It was a great showing. I’m thankful for all the fans, reporters, love and support. Everyone was genuine for me. Thanks to the Dallas Cowboys for their support and use of their arena and resources”
“I thought it would go to 4-5 rounds. If he would have gotten up, I would have carried him” (Spence laughs)
“I’ll probably fight later this year, a unification with Garcia or Porter should happen 1st quarter next year…Keith Thurman coming back..same manager, same network…I want big names. Jessie Vargas would be in front of Ugas, big names, ex-world champions, no disrespect, I’m looking to build my legacy and beating Ugas will not get me anywhere”
In the night’s co-main event, WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs) met fire with fire as he defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over Moises ”Chucky” Flores (25-1, 17 KOs).
Flores omitted the opportunity to capture the title, coming in over the weight limit but even so was on the receiving end of the two-handed attack from the champion.
Beforehand the question was how Roman would handle the pressure of Flores, on the night he gave us a resounding answer, mixing shots to the head and body to take scores from the judges of 16-112, 118-110, 120-108.
2016 Olympian Josh Kelly (7-0, 5 KOs) stock continues to rise where at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England he dethroned Commonwealth welterweight beltholder Kris George (14-2, 8 KOs) before the eighth round.
Kelly had a hard act to follow as British lightweight titleholder Lewis Ritson (16-0, 10 KOs) was the talk of social media as he annihilated previously unbeaten Paul Hyland Jr (18-1, 7 KOs) in one round
Meanwhile earlier on the undercard Super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell (20-1-2, 5 KOs) retained his WBC international belt crown with a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Stuart Hall (21-7-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 115-113, 117-111, 117-111.
Former three-division world champion Ricky Burns (42-7-1, 15 KOs) snapped his losing streak by stopping Ivan Njegac (10-6, 3 KOs) after the fourth.
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