By: Matthew N. Becher
Premier Boxing Champions put on an afternoon of boxing live from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas on NBC.
PBC was able to present three big name fighters all at different points in their respective careers.
Erickson Lubin is one of the best amateur boxers that the U.S. has had in a long time. He is one of the top prospects in the sport and took on a veteran in Alexis Camacho to showcase his skill and power for the first time on a nationally televised appearance.
Errol Spence was on the U.S. Olympic team and is a step above Lubin, in the fact that he’s been on a large scale broadcast before. Spence looks to end the year on a high note against 29 year old Alejandro Barrera and attempt to get a title shot in 2016.
And the Main event gave Jermall Charlo a chance to defend his IBF Jr. Middleweight title for the first time since winning it a few months ago and remain undefeated against Wilky Campfort, who has not lost a fight since the late 2000s.
Erickson Lubin (12-0 9KO) vs. Alexis Camacho (21-5 19KO): Jr. Middleweight
Erickson Lubin was the best chance of the U.S. to get a medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Instead he decided to turn pro on his 18th birthday and never look back. Lubin made his national television debut and took advantage of the opportunity.
Lubin came out showing his speed and power over a fighter who was 14 years his senior and has been in the ring with tougher competition and former world champion.
Lubin was able to showcase his powerful left hand and even dropped Camacho in the first round with his lead right hand. But it was over fast into the second round when Lubin landed a thundering right hand to the jaw of Camacho, who was unable to get up by the refs ten count and left the fans wanting to see much more of this young man in the future.
Lubin KO2 0:42
Errol Spence Jr. (18-0 15KO) vs. Alejandro Barrera (28-2 18KO): Welterweight
Barrera obviously came in the underdog, and had the disadvantage of having to fight Spence Jr. in his home state of Texas. The strange part of the fight was that Barrera only sported a ½ inch height advantage, but had a 6 inch reach advantage, which he never used to his advantage.
Spence was able to be the aggressor right off the bat, he walked Barrera down throughout the fight and showed incredible accuracy with his left hand power shots.
Spence was able to rock Barrera in each round, but Barrera showed that he had a great chin. It was in the 5th round where Spence began to really dig to the body of Barrera, landing a flurry of shots and putting Barrera down for the first time in his career. After he got up Spence swarmed and a bloody faced Barrera showed that he wanted no more, and referee Laurence Cole stepped in to stop the fight
Spence Jr. TKO 5 1:46
Jermall Charlo (22-0 17KO) vs. Wilky Campfort (21-1 12KO): IBF Jr. Middleweight Championship
Jermall Charlo came in about two weight classes bigger than his opponent Wilky Campfort. Campfort, who was riding a 21 fight winning streak, was taking a huge step up in competition. Charlo was taking a keep busy fight, in a much lesser opponent.
Charlo used his jab throughout the fight, knocking Campfort down in the 2nd round with a short left jab.
The next round didn’t fare any better for the stationary Campfort when he was hit by a one, two combination with two mins left in the round and put on the canvas.
In the 4th round Charlo landed a left uppercut that cut the eyelid of Campfort. Campfort got up before the eight count, but when asked if he could continue, he told the referee “I cannot see”. The ref waved of the fight.
Charlo TKO4 1:16
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