Referee Laurence Cole sends Errol Spence Jr. to a neutral corner after Carlos Ocampo went down during the first round of a welterweight boxing match Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)FRISCO, Texas — Errol Spence Jr. gave the home folks the knockout he figured they wanted. There just wasn’t much of the show he hoped would go with it.Spence stopped Carlos Ocampo to retain his IBF welterweight title, dropping the Mexican challenger with a right hand to the body as the first round was ending Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ocampo (22-1) was fighting professionally outside his home country for the first time.“l got a lot of experience out of fighting Errol,” Ocampo said. “It would have been a very difficult fight for me. I got overconfident at the end of the round and he caught me.”The buildup for the right was all the crowd got, with Spence taking the ring to big cheers with a big Cowboys star logo on the front of his robe. Earlier, Spence got a good roar when he was shown on camera alongside Jones near his locker room.“This moment is a dream,” Spence said. “I wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys and now I’m fighting in front of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones.”Spence battered Lamont Peterson in his first title defense in New York in January, winning in the eighth round. Last summer in Sheffield, England, Spence broke Brook’s orbital bone and knocked him down in the 10th round before the fight was stopped in the 11th.This was Spence’s first fight as a co-promoter, the other reason besides the hometown crowd that the show was part of the story line.“We’ll definitely be back after I unify some titles,” Spence said. “We’ll make this an annual thing where I fight here.”Spence’s victory came a week after Terence Crawford took the WBO crown from Jeff Horn, who had beaten Manny Pacquiao a year earlier. But Spence’s focus is on the expected August fight between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter for the WBC title.“I definitely want to make that a unifying fight,” Spence said. “We both have the same management. Why not make that happen? I definitely want that fight whenever it’s available.”In the previous fight, WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman won a unanimous decision over Moises Flores. Roman would have retained the belt regardless of the outcome because Flores didn’t make weight. “I went for the body because we knew he was so drained from cutting weight,” Roman said. “Him missing weight and not being able to win my belt didn’t change anything.”A 10-round junior welterweight fight between Javier Fortuna and Adrian Granados ended in a no-decision after Fortuna appeared to hit his head while falling backward out of the ring during the fourth round. Fortuna was placed in a neck brace and taken away on a stretcher.The 28-year-old Fortuna went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion.“I didn’t push him,” Granados said. “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. Let’s do the rematch.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Fighting at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility after growing up in the suburbs as a fan of America’s Team, Spence improved to 24-0 with his 11th straight knockout and 21st overall.The crowd might have been left wanting more, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones jokingly suggested after winking at the camera while celebrating with the 2012 U.S. Olympian in the ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He can fight again tonight if someone wants to step up and fight him,” Jones said.Ocampo crumpled to the canvas after taking the body shot. He tried to get up but went down to his knees and was counted out in the battle of unbeaten fighters. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brother of NBA’s Zach Randolph killed outside of Indiana bar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “I was a little disappointed,” Spence said. “I wanted to give the crowd their money’s worth. I wanted him to sustain a bit and give him some punishment, but the body shot got him and I dropped him.”The 28-year-old Spence was fighting in front of a sellout crowd in the 12,000-seat football stadium that doubles as the indoor practice facility for the Cowboys at their headquarters about 30 miles north of Dallas.Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and several teammates were in the crowd along with Jones.“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.”It was the second defense of the 147-pound title that Spence won last summer in Englishman Kell Brook’s hometown.ADVERTISEMENT
Hardik Pandya had to be carried off on a stretcher during India’s second match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pandya was rested for the first match against Hong Kong on Tuesday and that had baffled Wasim Akram and Mohammad Azharuddin.India vs Paksitan: Live UpdatesPandya, one of the fittest cricketers in the Indian team, returned to action for India in the high-profile game on Wednesday. Brought in as a first-change bowler, Pandya was doing a decent job after Bhuvneshwar Kumar had struck to remover openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.However, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik steadied the ship for Pakistan with a solid partnership for the third wicket. Pandya bowled well, keeping the pair in check – he even got Malik to edge one behind the wickets but MS Dhoni failed to hang on to an easy catch.Injury update – @hardikpandya7 has an acute lower back injury. He is able to stand at the moment and the medical team is assessing him now.Manish Pandey is on the field as his substitute #TeamIndia #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/lLpfEbxykjBCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2018In his very next over, Pandya was down on his back after bowling the fifth ball of his fourth over. It was not clear what really happened to Pandya. He touched his back and for a while he appeared to have damaged his back. Shortly after Pandya had been carried off on a stretcher, BCCI tweeted to say the all-rounder had suffered an acute lower back injury.advertisement Hardik Pandya could only bowl 4.5 overs in the match against Pakistan (AP Photo)It was bad enough for the medical staff to come out with a stretcher as the Indian fielders and even the Pakistani batsmen came to check on him.Ambati Rayudu came on and bowled the final ball of the 18th over while Manish Pandey came on as a substitute.Earlier, Pakistan had won the toss and decided to bat. However, there would have been some jitters in the dressing room after Imam and Fakhar were sent back inside the first five overs.Babar and Malik did well thereafter to keep Pakistan in the game. India, on the other hand, would be nervous about Pandya’s status now. As the specialist all-rounder in the side, Pandya was expected to bowl a fair few overs and play a crucial role with the bat at No.6.