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No turkeys here, just two of the hottest young boxers in the sport — Preview for Jermall Charlo vs. Wilky Campfort & Errol Spence Jr. vs. Alejandro Barrera
Saturday November 28, 2015– Premier Boxing Champions will have another spectacular event. Jermall “Hitman” Charlo attempts to defend his 154-pound world title for the first time against tough Haitian Wilky Campfort. Dallas product Errol Spence Jr. puts his perfect record on the line before a hometown crowd against battle-tested Mexican Alejandro Barrera.
This event will take place today Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 3pm ET/12pm PT at the The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX.
A recently crowned 154-pound champion and one of most hotly tipped boxers in any weight class headline separate bouts when Premier Boxing Champions detonates The Bomb Factory in Dallas in a post-Thanksgiving feast for fight fans.
In September, Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) became a 154-pound world champion by punishing Cornelius “K9” Bundrage like you would a pooch caught wetting the carpet.
He did so in jaw-dropping, err, jaw-swelling fashion when he separated Bundrage from his senses via a third-round technical knockout.
For his first title defense, Charlo now takes on veteran Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs), nicknamed “Silky” for his smooth presence in the ring and savvy boxing skills.
After losing his second pro bout, the 31-year-old Campfort has won 20 in a row, and will most assuredly lay it all on in the line in the pursuit of what would be a career-changing win.
Charlo, though, is determined not to get caught basking in the glory of his victory over Bundrage.
“That fight is in the past already,” he says. “I’m a new fighter with the same tactics and a lot more to lose. I’m here to bring it my all.”
Arguably the hottest young boxer in the sport, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) is on the fast track to the upper echelon of the 147-pound division—and we’re talking autobahn-fast.
With 15 knockouts in 18 wins, the southpaw possesses lights-out power and the speed to deliver it to a devastating degree.
Spence was roommates with Jermall Charlo during the 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, and like his good friend and fellow Texan, he seems destined for a world title shot.
As Spence continues his zeppelin-like rise to the top of the 147-pound ranks, however, Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) looks to let some air out of that balloon. The 29-year-old Mexican lives up to his country’s reputation for consistently producing some of the most dogged warriors in the sport.
Spence has stopped his last four opponents, but he’ll have to plow through a human roadblock to extend his streak.
Preview for Jermall Charlo vs. Wilky Campfort:
You don’t often see boxers jump back into the ring a mere 10 weeks after winning their first world championship. Heck, most newly crowned champs spend that much time making the rounds on the banquet circuit, before spending another 10 weeks working their way back into shape—usually for a fight against an also-ran.
Clearly, Jermall Charlo is a different breed of champion.
Less than three months after completely annihilating Cornelius Bundrage—and stealing his 154-pound title—Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) is set to return to action November 28 when he takes on the dangerous Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs). The scheduled 12-round title bout will serve as the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Bomb Factory in Dallas (NBC, 3 p.m. ET/noon PT).
“I haven’t stepped out of the gym since I won the title,” Charlo said. “You get the title, you defend it. That’s the motto.”
On the one hand, it seems a bit puzzling that Charlo wouldn’t take some extra time to savor the biggest victory of his career. Then again, it makes sense that he wants to get some work in, seeing that he barely broke a sweat against Bundrage back on September 12.
Facing an opponent 17 years his senior, the 25-year-old Charlo dropped Bundrage in the first and second rounds—with one of the knockdowns coming courtesy of a jab—then flattened him again twice in the third. After the fourth knockdown, referee Johnny Callas halted the bout, giving Charlo his 14th stoppage victory in his last 15 outings.
Charlo figures to have a much tougher go of it against Campfort, who has lost just once in his career—and that was a four-round, majority-decision setback in his second professional fight. Not only has Campfort won 20 consecutive bouts since then, but the 30-year-old has proven he can handle adversity.
Case in point: In his most recent fight against Ronald Montes on September 18, Campfort hit the canvas in the first round, then roared back and dropped Montes three times in the second to earn a TKO victory. It was the third stoppage triumph in the last four contests for the 5-foot-11 native of Haiti who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
While Campfort will be a decided underdog against the unbeaten Charlo, he says he’s not about to shrink from the challenge.
“I am ready to fight,” Campfort says. “I am not in this business to run. I’m not afraid of anybody. I’m coming to win a world title and achieve my dream.
“Charlo better not underestimate me, because I have only victory on my mind.”
The champ’s response? “I know Campfort is hungry and at the top of his game, but I’ve been training just as hard, if not harder, to defend my title. It took everything I have to get here and it’s going to take everything I have to remain here.”
Preview for Errol Spence Jr. vs. Alejandro Barrera:
More than a few boxing insiders have tabbed Errol Spence Jr. as the heir apparent to retired 147-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. Even Mayweather himself has expressed an appreciation for Spence’s skills.
Judging by what the 25-year-old has accomplished so far in his brief career—18 victories, 15 by way of knockout—the hype appears justified.
Spence will look to add to his budding legacy, keep his unbeaten record intact and land his sixth consecutive stoppage victory when he squares off against Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 12-rounder at The Bomb Factory in Dallas (NBC, 3 p.m. ET, noon PT).
The bout, which is on the undercard of the 154-pound championship clash between titleholder Jermall Charlo and Wilky Campfort, will take place about a half-hour drive from Spence’s home in Desoto, Texas.
Spence ran his stoppage streak to five in a row on September 11 in Toronto, beating South African veteran Chris van Heerden. Spence dropped van Heerden twice in the seventh round then finished off the fellow southpaw 50 seconds into the eighth for a TKO victory. It was just the second professional loss for van Heerden, and first by knockout.
In addition to the win over van Heerden, Spence’s year has included knockouts over two other previously once-beaten opponents: Samuel Vargas (fourth round) and Phil LoGreco (third round) in April and June, respectively.
Considering Spence hadn’t been taken past the fifth round in any of his previous four outings, the fight against van Heerden goes down as his toughest test since he went the distance with Ronald Cruz in June 2014. In that one, Spence won all 10 rounds on every scorecard.
In fact, since turning pro in late 2012, Spence has been taken to the final bell just three times, and he won all but one round against that trio of opponents.
A native of Monterey, Mexico, Barrera to this point has fought exclusively in his home country. He’ll bring a three-fight winning streak into his U.S. debut, the most recent being a 10-round split decision over Jose De Jesus Macias on October 10.
Like Vargas, LoGreco and van Heerden before him, Barrera will walk into the ring November 28 having never been knocked out. The 29-year-old’s only pro losses were to Armando Robles (by unanimous decision in May 2012) and Ramses Agaton (by split-decision in May 2014).
By: PBC Editor
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