Errol Spence Jr. gave the home folks the knockout they wanted, but it was not much of a show.
Spence (24-0, 21 KO's), 28, a 2012 Olympian, scored a first-round knockout of Carlos Ocampo after connecting on a series of blistering body punches with just four seconds remaining on the clock retain his IBF welterweight title Saturday evening at The Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.
Ocampo (22-1, 13 KO's), 22, was initially hurt from a left, but Spence put a little more "oomph" on a follow-up combination that put him away for good.
It was the second defense of the 147-pound title that Spence won last summer with an 11th round knockout of former world champion Kell Brook in the Englishman's hometown of Sheffield.
Ocampo, who was fighting outside of his native Mexico for the first time, admits he got presumptuous at the end of the round, and it backfired.
“l got a lot of experience out of fighting Errol,” Ocampo said. “I got overconfident at the end of the round, and he caught me.”
Spence, who was born in Long Island, New York, before moving with his family to southwest Dallas County when he was still an infant, had aspirations to become an NFL player, but fighting at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility is just as cool.
“This moment is a dream,” Spence said. “I wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and now I’m fighting in front of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones.”