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Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

FRISCO, TX — It was a short homecoming. IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence took the fight out of Carlos Ocampo with two body shots to score a first-round knockout at the Ford Center at The Star.

Ocampo looked to be a formidable challenger early in the round by timing Spence’s aggression with right hands. But Spence was undeterred, walking through the offense in a dogged effort to work the body. That singular determination paid dividends when Spence caught Ocampo on the ropes and thudded home a corking southpaw left followed by a right hook to the body.

Ocampo immediately doubled over on the canvas for over two minutes.

“I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money’s worth,” said Spence afterward. “I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him… called me the body snatcher.”

The win comes just one week after WBO welterweight title-holder Terence Crawford scored a dominant late stoppage over Jeff Horn. While public rumblings for that cross-promotional showdown are still in their infancy, Spence is targeting fellow PBC fighters.

“I want to fight the best,” Spence promised. “Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are fighting each other (for the WBC title) and I definitely want to make that a unifying fight. We both have the same management, we both fight on SHOWTIME. Why not make that happen? I definitely want that fight whenever it’s available.”

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With Keith Thurman inactive, you have to view Errol Spence as the consensus #1 at welterweight. I rate the Kell Brook win high and the destroying Lamont Peterson, a solid contender, is better than anything the other champs and contenders have done recently. Crawford passes the eye test, but his resume has yet to be established at this weight. I’d favor the naturally bigger Spence over him.

Going by the weigh-in pictures, I don’t see weight being an issue for Spence though the end of 2019. That leaves enough time for a decent chance at unifying all the belts.

Time for your guys to chime in — where do you rate Spence and who has the best chance to beat him at 147?

 

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Monsters are real. Just ask Jamie McDonnell, who was relived of his WBA bantamweight title in merciless fashion as Naoya Inoue needed less than two minutes to score a crushing knockout victory.

At 5’9 to Inoue’s 5’5, McDonnell sought to made it a long-distance affair by pumping the jab and and circling. But Inoue easily breached the distance gap by darting in with a lead left hook to the body. The shot pushed McDonnell to the ropes where Inoue let loose with a quick combination.

McDonnell attempted to regoup by targeting the stomach with a body jab, but was quickly countered by a left hook to the top of the head. The shot wobbled him and a knockdown, via a left hook downstairs, quickly followed.

McDonnell rose and was met with a series of shots punctuated by a left hook for the final knockdown with 1:08 remaining.

The win is improves Inoue’s record to 16-0 (14 KOs) and gives him a third title in as many weight classes at the age of 25.

Expect this to just be the beginning of his reign of terror as the new title-holder will participate in the World Boxing Series bantamweight tournament.

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CARSON, CA — Gennady Golovkin returned to his crushing knockout ways with a second-round stoppage over Vanes Martirosyan tonight at the Stub Hub Center.

Martirosyan, who hadn’t fought in two years and was moving up to middleweight, displayed a sharp jab and managed to briefly stun Golovkin with a right-left combination to close the first. The champion heeded his trainer Abel Sanchez’s instructions to “settle down” and “go to work,” leading to a fast start to the second that saw Martirosyan’s knees buckled with a counter right uppercut. Martirosyan briefly took a knee, but the reaction has delayed enough that the referee opted to not rule it a knockdown.

The end would come moments later when a Golovkin overhand right drove Martirosyan to the ropes. Golovkin unleashed a series of power shots punctuated by a left hook that put Martirosyan out before he hit the canvas.

After stating earlier this week that the Canelo rematch has a “15% chance” of happening, Golovking backtracked and affirmed he wants the fight for September. He also acknowledged the growing crop of younger challengers in the division, telling Max Kellerman he welcomes fights with the likes of Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“I want them all, it doesn’t matter who I face,” he said.

The win is Golovkin’s 20th successful middleweight title defense and equals the record set by Bernard Hopkins.

 

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Tony Bellew delivered on his rematch promise to defeat David Haye quicker by putting on a counter-punch clinic with three knockdowns for a dominant fifth round TKO.

Haye carried the first two rounds by keeping distance and landing long jabs and straight rights. But when the fight went inside, Bellew’s sharper technique took over by forcing Haye to exchange. He dropped the former heavyweight title-holder twice in the third with counter right hands. On the second knockdown, Haye grimaced in pain and held his right ankle. Despite this, Haye had enough of his bearings to move and survive the round.

Haye was evasive enough to make it through the fourth but looked perilously close to being stopped any time Bellew attacked. The Hayemaker punch to turn the bout around wasn’t there due to Haye’s poor balance. In the fifth, he threw a wide left hook that put him in line for Bellew to deliver a compact, textbook left hook of his own, resulting in  Haye careening face-first to the canvas.

Haye beat the count but couldn’t mount a strong defense, prompting the referee stoppage. Afterward, Haye offered no excuses and dismissed the speculation he was injured in round three. Although the 37-year old Haye wouldn’t commit to retiring, Bellew said he hoped his rival would call it quits.

“This is a young man’s game. I told the referee after the third to stop the fight,” said Bellew. “The only reason I gave him a chance in the fourth was because he’s so heavy-handed. I hope he makes a (retirement) announcement in the next few days.”

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Haye’s been on borrowed time for years. The explosive athleticism that defined his cruiserweight and early heavyweight run have completely eroded from injuries. He’s still in good shape, but the added weight from age and muscle makes him lethargic and predictable in the ring. There is absolutely no reason for him to continue on at 37.

As for Bellew, his domestic star is bright. He called out a myriad of opponents but sounded most interested in luring Andre Ward out of retirement. If Ward isn’t swayed by the possibility of a high-level UK fight, Bellew has a few other opens at heavyweight (Fury, Whyte) and cruiser (Usyk-Gassiev winner) to keep him occupied. Not bad for a 35-year old looking to close out a career on favorable terms.

 

 

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It was a matter of time. The narrative was how bad the knockout would be when Alexander Povetkin finally landed a series of hard shots on David Price. The fall was appropriately chilling when a flush left hook bounced Price’s head off the canvas in round five.

When the 6’8 Price fought tall, he found success in countering the 6’2 Povetkin with left hooks from mid-range. This shot resulted in Price scoring a flash knockdown in the third. But overall, Povetkin’s quicker hands and technique allowed him to get inside and punish Price with snapping hooks. The punishment opened a cut above the left eye to accompany a bloody nose and mouth.

This should absolutely be Price’s last time in the ring. He’s 34 and this was a Hail Mary chance to get back in contention. Furthermore, it was an audition to make Povetkin credible as an opponent for Anthony Joshua or possibly even Dillian Whyte should the Wilder bout fail to materialize.

 

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Dillian Whyte needed to make a statement in his HBO debut. He did that by dominating Lucas Browne and leaving the towering Australian motionless face-down on the canvas via a flush left hook in round six.

Any thought of this fight being competitive ceased after the opening round. Browne looked out of shape and sluggish at 264 pounds, his highest weight in three years. Whyte got off first with the jab, dominated inside with uppercuts, and knocked Browne backwards with clubbing overhand rights. Browne’s face opening up quickly with blood gushing from his nose to accompany two swollen eyes and cuts.

The fight should have stopped at the end of the fifth. Browne’s corner opted to send him out for another beating and Whyte put him flat on his face with a left hook.

With the impressive win, Whyte aims to become the mandatory for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. Whyte did his part by profusely calling out Wilder in his post-fight interview.

Wilder is holding out hope to face unified WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua, who has his own business to handle March 31 when he takes on WBO title-holder Joseph Parker. But should that Joshua-Wilder not happen, Whyte would be a more high-profile and lucrative option for Wilder than his other proposed opponent, Dominic Breazeale.

The win improves Whyte’s record to 23-1 while Browne suffers his first career defeat at 38 years old, falling to 25-1.

 

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Daigo Higa is a name you’ll want to remember. The undefeated 22-year-old improved to 15-0 (15 KOs) with a devastating stoppage of Moises Fuentes in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

Although Fuentes came into the fight having lost two of his last three fights, he avenged one of those defeats and had never been dominated in this fashion. The shorter Higa stunned him with a short right hook at the 1:15 mark. Fuentes was trapped on the ropes and absorbed several more right and left hooks before getting put down by a straight right to the body. He appeared to beat the count, but the referee waived off the contest amidst Fuentes’s protests.

Higa’s 15th straight knockout ties a national record for Japanese fighters. In addition, the win marks the second successful defense of his WBC World flyweight title. Fuentes falls to 25-5-1, having lost three of his last four bouts dating back to December 2016.