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Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo Deal Reached For June 16

By Keith Idec

Errol Spence Jr. will face the opponent everyone expected June 16.

An ESPN.com report early Wednesday morning stated that promoters for Spence, the unbeaten IBF welterweight champion, and mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo have reached an agreement for them to fight that night. Showtime will televise the Spence-Ocampo match from an undetermined venue in the Dallas area.

The IBF ordered Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), of DeSoto, Texas, to make his next title defense against the unproven Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) last month. A purse bid was scheduled for March 6 at the IBF’s headquarters in Springfield, New Jersey, but the IBF informed the involved parties Tuesday night that it was canceled because Tom Brown, the promoter representing Spence, and Zanfer Promotions (Ocampo) came to an agreement.

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The 27-year-old Spence – who’s generally regarded as one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport – will make the second defense of the IBF welterweight title he won by knocking out Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) in the 11th round May 27 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown. The powerful southpaw stopped former two-division champion Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in the eighth round January 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The 22-year-old Ocampo hasn’t beaten a top contender during his climb up the IBF’s rankings.

He is rated No. 3 among the IBF’s 147-pound contenders. The top two spots are vacant, however, which makes Ocampo the leading available contender for the mandatory defense Spence is due to make.

Ocampo will fight outside of Mexico for the first time when he travels to the Dallas area to challenge Spence. He last fought November 11, when Ocampo stopped fellow Mexican Dario Ferman (14-4, 11 KOs) in the seventh round in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Big Dunn on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18526682]He's not ranked #1. He's ranked #3. He agreed to fight #4 in an eliminator (#1 & #2 are vacant), but #4 ended up pulling out. Which is how he lucked into a title shot despite being #3.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Fangedgrowl on 03-01-2018

Ocampo's camp is looking for lightening in a bottle. No way he should be in there. If we are honest Spence should be fighting guys like this every two months. Kind of like what Tyson did.

Comment by PapaBricks on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=Geralt69;18526125]What happened to [B]Ugas????[/B] Spence took the easier fight like he always does. He talks about names to stay relevant. But stays fighting bums.... Hey fanboy was Peterson a mandatory? Was that 47 year old midget a mandatory? (Leonardo Bungu)…

Comment by kiaba360 on 03-01-2018

Ocampo's team is stupid.

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18528100]Thurman had his last fight last year, by the time he fights next he would have been out of the ring almost a year. The whole point was that he fought someone else and then Spence later in the year…

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