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Another KO: Errol Spence Jr. makes quick work of Carlos Ocampo in hometown debut

Watch welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. train for his upcoming match at the Ford Center

IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. grew up in Cedar Hill loving football and the Dallas Cowboys. Now he just wants to dazzle in front of friends and family in his first home title defense Saturday night at the Ford Center in Frisco.
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IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. grew up in Cedar Hill loving football and the Dallas Cowboys. Now he just wants to dazzle in front of friends and family in his first home title defense Saturday night at the Ford Center in Frisco.

The stars were out for fight night at the Ford Center on Saturday night.

Household names attending included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin and quarterback Dak Prescott.

But the name to remember from Saturday is Errol Spence Jr., the Cedar Hill product who continues his rise to boxing stardom.

Spence turned in a first-round knockout, dropping Carlos Ocampo with a couple hard body shots in the final seconds of the opening round.

"I was a little disappointed. I wanted to give the crowd their money’s worth," Spence said. "I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him.

"I thought he was going to be a little bit tougher, but I hit him with a body shot. I don't get paid for overtime. If I can get him out in the first, great, but I wanted to carry it go to the fourth or fifth round for the fans."

Spence, nicknamed "The Truth," improved to 24-0, including 21 knockouts. The IBF welterweight champion has knocked out his last 12 opponents and is quickly becoming a must-see boxer.

Welterweight world champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., visits the Cowboys during practice Wednesday. Spence is fighting Oscar Ocampo inside The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, June 16.

Ocampo also entered the fight with an undefeated record at 22-0, including 13 knockouts. But he showed no signs of being able to make it a legitimate contest.

"l got a lot of experience out of fighting Errol," Ocampo said. "It would have been a very difficult fight for me. I got over confident at the end of the round and he caught me."

The Ford Center faithful -- a sellout crowd of 12,604 -- went wild when Spence knocked Ocampo to the mat and he couldn’t get up before being counted out.

Spence, 28, celebrated his hometown victory in style. Jones even entered the ring to congratulate him.

"This room was full of Dallas Cowboys football players supporting you," Jones said. "They share your passion. I saw a guy in this ring who knew what he wanted. When you knock a guy out by hitting him once on the side of his back, you’re bad to the bone."

Among other Cowboys in the building included defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, linebacker Jaylon Smith and former linebacker Anthony Hitchens.

Spence played football early in his high school days before focusing on his boxing career full-time at the age of 15. He went on to become a Golden Glove state champion and made the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team.

He is now moving up the ranks as a professional and intends to fight in front of his hometown crowd yearly.

"We’ll definitely be back after I unify some titles. We’ll make this an annual thing where I fight here," Spence said. "This moment is a dream. I wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys and now I’m fighting in front of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones. Thank you to the whole Dallas Cowboys organization."

Fortuna exits on stretcher

Javier Fortuna of the Dominican Republic had to exit an undercard match against Adrian Granados in a neck brace and on a stretcher.

Fortuna fell out of the ring when he was entangled with Granados during Round 4 and possibly hit the back of his head on a ringside camera box.

The unintentional injury resulted in a no contest for one of the marquee fights on the undercard.

"First and foremost, I just want to pray that he’s OK," Granados said. "I didn’t push him. I think he fell with his own. I think he was looking for an excuse on his way out.

"We were both battling, but I knew he could feel I was getting stronger. He caught me with a shot and it just turned me up."

An event spokesman said afterward that Fortuna had been diagnosed with a concussion, according to Fortuna's promoter. Fortuna will undergo an MRI for further evaluation.

In the other notable undercard match, Danny Roman defeated Moises Flores by unanimous decision.

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