The big boxing fight over the weekend was Terence Crawford beating Jeff Horn by ninth-round TKO of their welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. After becoming a three-division world champion in his welterweight debut, Crawford says he’s “here” at 147 pounds and wants to challenge the other champions. He became just the seventh fighter in boxing history to win titles at lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight, joining Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Pernell Whitaker and Barney Ross. While it remains to be seen who Crawford fights next, here are two bouts this Saturday from Frisco, Texas, and shown on Showtime. Check back for boxing betting odds for these upcoming fights.
Top Boxing Betting Picks & Predictions of the Week – June 11th Edition
Big changes to the BoxRec P4P list after last weekends action. Jeff Horn plummets from his top 10 spot to 26th & Terence Crawford storms to the top of the rankings.
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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo
This fight headlines first boxing card inside the 12,000-seat Ford Center, which is part of the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility and team headquarters. Spence, from nearby DeSoto, Texas, will be fighting in his home region for the only the second time since turning pro following his run at the 2012 Olympics.
This is for Spence’s IBF welterweight title and if Spence wins, he might fight Crawford next. The question is, can Al Haymon, who manages Spence, and Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford, get together and make the dream a reality? They are tied to different networks. Immediately after Crawford beat Horn, Spence took to Twitter just to let everyone know he was watching the fight. Crawford would like to fight Spence but spoke more in generalities about his next opponent.
“I want the other champions,” Crawford said. “I want the big fights. I’m a big force in the welterweight division and coming for all of them.”
Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), a 28-year-old lefty, makes his second title defense. In May, he traveled to Kell Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England, and knocked him out in the 11th round to win a 147-pound world title before he made his first defense Jan. 20, stopping former titlist Lamont Peterson in the seventh round in Brooklyn.
What Does Ocampo Have to Say About Spencer?
“Spence is an excellent fighter, but I only saw him with one great performance with Kell Brook,” Arum said. “Maybe Spence can be at [Crawford’s] level. I’m not saying that he can’t, but he has to demonstrate that.”
A 2012 U.S. Olympian at the London Games, Spence has knocked out 10 straight opponents to climb the ranks of the division. In the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, four of the top five ranked welterweights-Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Spence, are all vying for the top spot in one of history’s most popular weight classes. You have to include Crawford in there now too.
Spence will be a huge favorite here. Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) has that nice record but will be fighting in the USA for the first time (he’s from Mexico) and has yet to face a top opponent. He is coming off a seventh-round knockout of Dario Ferman on Nov. 11 in Mexico. Ocampo is a two-time silver medalist at the Mexican Olympiad, an amateur national championship tournament.
The referee is veteran official Lawrence Cole. The three official judges are Jesse Reyes of Texas, Cesar Ramos of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and John Madfis of Auburndale, Mass.
Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores
This is on the Spence-Ocampo undercard. Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs) will be making the second defense of his 122-pound belt, which he won by ninth-round knockout of Shun Kubo in September in Japan. Roman made his first defense in Japan in February and won a lopsided decision against Ryo Matsumoto for his 16th victory in a row.
“He’s tall so he’ll have that reach. He’ll be ready for the big fight. I’m sure he’s going to come at me with everything that he’s got. I was once the challenger so I know how hungry he’ll be. All those Mexican fighters come to fight so he’s going to try to take my belt, but I’m not going to let him,” Roman said of Flores.
Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) won a decision over Oscar Escandon to claim an interim belt in 2015 and made two successful defenses before taking on full titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux last summer. Rigondeaux knocked out Flores in the first round but the fight-ending punch came after the bell and the knockout victory Rigondeaux was initially awarded on fight night was changed to a no contest because the KO came on an accidental foul.
“I’m going to make Daniel Roman fight me every round until the end,” said Flores. “He’s a good boxer and a counter puncher, but I’m a warrior so I’ll be ready for anything he brings. If he can’t hold up to my power, then he’s going down early.”
Expert Boxing Betting Predictions for the Week
Spence takes care of business and does get Crawford next, while Roman wins his 17th in a row rather easily.