Tuesday, September 26, 2023  |



Errol Spence Jr. ready for homecoming title defense June 16 in Dallas

Photo / Amanda Westcott-SHOWTIME
Fighters Network

Errol Spence Jr. just made the first defense of his title with a brilliant performance Saturday vs. Lamont Peterson, but he already has his next bout scheduled.

It was announced Wednesday at Showtime’s event in New York that Spence will return June 16 with a homecoming title defense in Dallas. The opponent wasn’t announced, but it will likely be Carlos Ocampo, the IBF No. 1 contender who is in line for a mandatory welterweight title shot ordered Tuesday by the organization.

Spence, THE RING’s No. 8 pound-for-pound fighter, lives in nearby Desoto, Texas and trains in Dallas with RING’s 2017 trainer of the year, Derrick James, but the No. 2 welterweight hasn’t competed in Dallas since a November 2015 win over Alejandro Barrera.

This event figures to be far different. Spence, a 2012 Olympian, has since built a name for himself in boxing as perhaps it’s best young talent. He topped Kell Brook to win a welterweight title in May and then made his first defense with an eighth-round stoppage of Peterson.

Now, Spence (23-0, 20 knockouts) will likely square off against Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs), an undefeated yet unheralded Mexican.

After Spence gets his first mandatory defense out of the way, he can return to chasing the unification fight he so badly desires with Keith Thurman.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger