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Jerry Jones gambled, won big with the fight; Errol Spence wants more fights in Dallas

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. won big knockouts Saturday night at the Ford Center.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. won big knockouts Saturday night at the Ford Center. Getty Images

By all accounts, fight night at Ford Center in Frisco was a huge success.

Certainly, a longer fight would have been preferred by the fans in attendance and national television audience for Showtime Championship Boxing.

But IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. is the real deal, and he set himself up for bigger paydays with his first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo, who was clearly out of his league.

Spence, a DeSoto native, certainly has a new fan in Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as the fight helped him show off his world headquarters at the Ford Center.

It also was another knockout for Jones the businessman.

Jones bought all the seats to the fight and needed 9,000 in attendance to break even.

The sellout crowd of 12,604 made Jones a big winner.

Ringside seats sold for more $700 each.

In addition to boxing royalty like former champion Adrian Broner and Jermall and Jermell Charlo, the who’s who of Dallas showed up for the fight. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and Dallas native and star of ABC’s "Bachelorette" Rachel Lindsay were among the stars of the night

There is a chance Spence could come back to the Ford Center for another fight or perhaps get upgraded to AT&T Stadium in the future as his star continues to rise and he gets a title unification bout against some of the bigger names in boxing.

That he could sell out the Ford Center against an unknown opponent speaks volumes about his ability to draw an audience and the thirst for boxing in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We'll definitely be back [to fight in the Dallas area] after I unify some titles," Spence said. "We'll make this an annual thing where I fight here. 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.

"When I came out and everyone was proud to see me fight, it made me feel so good. The support and love from the fans was amazing. Being a boxer in Dallas, it was a great event."

Said Jones in the ring to Spence after the fight: “This room was full of Dallas Cowboys football players supporting you. 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.”

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.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.: @clarencehilljr
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