Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/16/18
Ocampo vs. Spence
Boxing: Saturday June 16, 2018 (Dallas)
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Errol Spence and Carlos Ocampo fight Saturday in Dallas for the IBF welterweight title.
Errol Spence enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Spence’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Lamont Peterson. Spence made light work of his last opponent, controlling the fight from start to finish and producing a seventh round stoppage, as Peterson’s corner said he had enough. Spence now looks to defend the belt he took from Kell Brook for the second time. Spence is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 72 inch reach. Spence is arguably the scariest boxer on the planet right now, as he’s constantly on the attack, moves well and is a relentless body puncher that has had most of his opponents fall to their knees over time. Spence has produced stoppages in each of his last 10 fights, and while he has pure punching power and can land that one big blow, it’s the constant body shots that end up taking its toll. Spence also has a really high boxing IQ and has proven he has a respectable chin, so he’s more than willing to trade punches to get the fight in his favor. Spence has put himself in the conversation for best pound for pound in the world. This will be Spence’s fifth career fight in Texas.
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Carlos Ocampo enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Spence’s sixth fight since 2016 and is coming off a November win over Dario Ferman. Ocampo is one of the better young prospects within the welterweight division, but this is a massive step up in compeiton considering his top-two wins came against Jorge Paez Jr. and Ramses Agaton. Ocampo is a 22-year-old Mexican who has an orthodox stance. From limited film I’ve seen, Ocampo is a lengthy fighter with a wide stance and has shown the ability to work behind his jab while mixing in combinations. Ocampo isn’t the most accurate puncher in the world and has a ways to go when it comes to fundamentals, but the potential is there, and you certainly can’t question the kids heart considering he’s willing to step in the ring with a killer at his age. Ocampo needs to bulk up his frame a bit and improve his punching power if he’s going to pan out in this division. This will be Ocampo’s first time fighting outside of Mexico.
This is the fight we get when the top guys within the division are calling everybody out but Spence. The Truth has been screaming from the mountain tops for all of the big names, and nobody wants that smoke. Oh, well. Ocampo could end up becoming something in the future once he adds some muscle to his frame, but he has zero chance here in the present moment. Zero. Spence is going to walk this kid down and hurt him badly. There’s nothing Ocampo has that’s going to scare the champion or even make this fight competitive. This could truly end within four rounds and open the door for Spence to step right back in the ring in a couple of months. The only positive here is that we get to see Spence in the ring, one of the most exciting active boxers in the sport currently.
Spence keeps his belt in a landslide.