By Keith Idec
Terence Crawford figures Errol Spence Jr. could have an even easier time with Carlos Ocampo than Spence predicted Crawford would have when he challenged Jeff Horn a week earlier.
Crawford took time between stops on a media tour Friday in New York to give his assessment of Ocampo’s chances of upsetting Spence on Saturday night through his Twitter account. According to Crawford’s expert opinion, the unusually lopsided odds on Spence-Ocampo seem just about right.
“Watched Ocampo on YouTube,” Crawford stated in a Tweet, “and let me tell you this!!! Spence for the kill.”
Crawford added three “rolling on the floor laughing” emojis to the end of his Tweet.
Crawford-Spence is one of the best fights that can be made in boxing. Over an eight-day period, however, Crawford and Spence will have participated in mandated welterweight title fights in which they each were heavy favorites.
The 30-year-old Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, was the mandatory challenger for Horn’s WBO 147-pound championship in his first fight within the welterweight division. Listed as a 10-1 favorite, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) dominated Australia’s Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) from the beginning of their scheduled 12-round fight until referee Robert Byrd wisely waved an end to it in the ninth round Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I think he did what he was supposed to do,” Spence said during a conference call Tuesday. “Even a week before their fight, I said Terence Crawford stops Jeff Horn. So, I mean, I wasn’t surprised what he did against Jeff Horn. I feel like Jeff Horn has limited ability, and he basically tries to come in there and just try to bully you. And I think he lacks a lot of fundamentals. But [Crawford] did what he was supposed to do.”
Crawford seemingly will have something similar to say if Spence overcomes Ocampo as easily as the 100-1 odds suggest Spence should.
The 28-year-old Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), of DeSoto, Texas, will meet Mexico’s Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) in the main event of a tripleheader Showtime will televise from Ford Center at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility in Frisco, Texas.
The three-bout broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round, 140-pound fight that’ll pit Dominican southpaw Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs) against Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs), of Cicero, Illinois. The co-featured, non-title fight will match Los Angeles’ Danny Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs), the WBA super bantamweight champion, against Mexico’s Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs, 2 NC), who couldn’t make weight Friday.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.