By Radio Rahim
On Wednesday, Showtime officially announced that IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence will make the second defense of his title in his hometown of Dallas, Texas on June 16.
The opponent and the venue has yet to be announced.
Spence was in action last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York - where raised his record to 23-0 with 20 knockouts with a one-sided demolition of former world champion Lamont Peterson, who was pulled from the fight at the start of the eight round.
Some believe the fight could end up being held at The Star in Frisco, because the venue could be configured to seat between 8,000 and 10,000 fans.
Earlier this week, the IBF ordered Spence Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) of Mexico, who is ranked third by the sanctioning body. Ocampo is the highest ranked available contender, but it's not apparent as of yet if his promoter is willing to put him in the ring with Spence.
Spence has no problem with satisfying his mandatory obligation. The IBF is pretty strict when it comes to their mandatory defenses and they do not allow step-aside agreements.
Ocampo was in action twice in 2017, including a stoppage victory that he picked up back in November in Mexico. All of his fights have taken place in Mexico and Spence would be a big step up in class.
"The IBF just ordered me to fight Ocampo. They ordered my mandatory two days after my fight [with Peterson], so maybe I gotta fight him. It could be my mandatory [next]. He's 23-0, a guy from Mexico. It could be him, I don't know," Spence told BoxingScene.com.
The fight Spence really wants is a unification showdown with WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who is scheduled to return against an opponent to be determined on May 19th, at the Barclays Center.
Spence is planning to have at least a third fight before the end of year, but it's likely not going to be Thurman.