Weekend Recap: Spence KOs Ocampo, Vazquez, Ritson, Huck Win, Fortuna Falls Out of The Ring
*Photo Credit: Richard Rodriguez AP
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
‘The Great Pretender’ is a 1956 song by The Platters. At 22-0, Carlos Ocampo of Ensenada, Mexico, turned out to be just that-a pretender. 24-0 southpaw Errol Spence of Desoto, Texas, retained his International Boxing Federation World Welterweight title with a first-round knockout of Ocampo, who was counted out at 2:59 from a body shot.
The super lightweight bout between contenders Adrian Granados and Javier Fortuna ended prematurely freaky style, when Granados pushed Fortuna out of the ring. Fortuna hit his head on a camera box structure just outside the ring apron, and left the ring area with his head in a neck brace on a stretcher, ruled a No Contest at 2:50 of the fourth round. After three rounds of both fighters throwing bombs, Fortuna made the bout a hug-a-thon. Fortuna had two points deducted for holding in the fourth round, and Granados resorted to the only remaining option to get Fortuna off of him. Strange Fortuna, one might say.
Former WBO World Super Bantamweight champion Wilfredo ‘Papito’ Vazquez Jr., 25-7-1, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, made a successful comeback at lightweight after two years of inactivity, knocking Cristian Mijares out in the third round of Mijares’ retirement bout. Vazquez had lost his last three bouts and had not won a bout since 2014. Go figure. Mijares had won 10 fights in a row since losing a WBC world title bout by 12 round decision to Leo Santa Cruz in 2014.
16-0 Lewis ‘Sandman’ Ritson of Forest Hill, United Kingdom, retained his BBBof C British Lightweight title with a first-round stoppage of Paul Hyland Jr., who was dropped three times in the first round in Newcastle. Ritson did not make weight on the first attempt, but rallied to make weight on the second attempt, keep his title in grand style, and expose Hyland.
41-5-1 Marco Huck of Berlin, Germany, the former world cruiserweight champion, make a comeback at heavyweight, stopping Yakup Saglam in the fourth round at Ballhaus Forum in Munich. Saglam, 41, had won six bouts coming into this bout, but against lesser opposition. Huck should still go back to cruiserweight, where he belongs.
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