Mexican Carlos Ocampo defeated Panamanian Omir Rodriguez by knockout in the first round of the fight held on the night of January 15 at La Casa de los Zonkeys, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, which was the main event of the boxing day organized by Promociones Zanfer.
Carlos Ocampo vs Omir Rodriguez
Ocampo and Rodriguez fought in the super welterweight division in a 10-round bout that would serve as an opportunity for both boxers to move up the rankings in this division.
The Mexican came with a streak of 9 consecutive victories, winning 5 of them by knockout, while the Panamanian came after losing his last fight by KO against Damian Rodriguez last July 2020.
Therefore, the favorite to win this fight was Carlos Ocampo, without forgetting that he was the boxer with more experience as a professional, and who has only been identified with one defeat, which was against the current welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr.
The development of the fight did not even give time to breathe, because from the opening bell the two boxers stood to throw punches measuring forces, without stepping back. In this context, Ocampo was more than Rodriguez and with a good combination he put him in bad conditions, so he only had to continue pressuring him looking to finish the fight.
In one of these attacks, the Mexican manages to knock down the Panamanian, who gets to his feet and almost survives the round, but in the end a new combination of power punches from Ocampos sends him to the canvas for the second and last time, registering a new victory by KO. Watch here the best moments of the fight (via Zanfer Boxing & Box Azteca).
It can be said that at least the result of the fight was as expected, granting a comfortable victory by KO for Carlos Ocampo, who could not show much of his boxing tools because from very early on he connects with the Panamanian and leaves him stunned for the rest of the fight. In this way, Ocampo increases his professional record to 32-1-0, and continues to be a name to be reckoned with at 154 lbs.
Ocampo vs Rodriguez: main card facts
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After this resounding victory of Carlos Ocampo, what’s next for him and his career as a professional? Let’s remember that the Mexican is only 26 years old and already has more than 30 professional fights, so apparently he has a prosperous future ahead of him in this sport.
However, despite the fact that Ocampo has faced good boxers, including Panama’s Omir Rodriguez, it seems that it is necessary for him to increase his level, because his boxing level is good enough to measure his strength against better opponents, even more knowing that he has a good number of fights in the 154 lb. class.
Taking into account the above, who do you think should be his next opponent? should he continue fighting in Mexico? or should he look for a fight outside his country? Tell us your opinion! Follow more news related to super welterweight here.