Next Stop: The Lone Star State
Making a triumphant return home IBF Welterweight Champ Errol “The Truth” Spence tangles with mandatory challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo Saturday June 16th in Frisco, Texas. Featured as part of a tripleheader from Dallas Cowboys’ Ford Center at The Star on Showtime. Here we survey the field. A night sure to deliver major hits.
Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) arrives back widely regarded as top of the 147 pound class. A smashing southpaw with preferred olympic stock. The 28 year old from DeSoto,TX defends his title for a second time after ending Englishman Kell Brook’s reign last spring at Bramall Lane. His current opponent a rumbling road block in Spence’s drive to unify the historically talent-rich division.
Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) takes his 1st paid trip across the border plus a quantum leap in competition as well. The Ensenada, Mexico native only 22 years of age now risking his unbeaten record in the greatest challenge of his professional life thus far. With Coach Rafael Guzman assigned a monumental task of guiding him to victory. In addition, Ocampo must overcome the highly charged crowd with odds overwhelmingly stacked against him. Yet Chema is clearly embracing this opportunity.
2017 Trainer of the Year Derrick James also leads the champion into combat. His corner must be clear: stay focused. Spence cannot afford to lose sight while aiming for bigger game. Such as newly crowned WBO king Terence “Bud” Crawford. A highly anticipated match up with drum beats of war only intensifying if Spence can do his part.
This card kicks off with a junior welterweight crossroads clash. Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs) meets Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs) in a critical showdown set for 10 rounds. Then a key Super Bantamweight championship battle as WBA titlist Daniel “The Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs) faces interim belt holder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). The champion rolling on a 16 fight win streak. Could Flores derail the gravy train?
Action gets underway live at 9pm ET. The show presented by TGB Promotions along with Man Down Promotions. Can Ocampo rise to the occasion? Or will The Truth prevail? Dial in to Big D and don’t miss this exciting event.
By: Jacob Ellis