It’s been reported that Unified Welterweight Champion, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0, 21KOs) was seriously injured in a single car wreck last night, while driving his Ferrari at approximately 3:00am CDT, in Downtown Dallas,TX. Dallas police stated that he was driving at a high speed and was not wearing a seat belt. The car flipped over multiple times, and he was ejected in that process.
Spence is in an intensive care unit at a Methodist Dallas Medical Center. The doctors are monitoring his condition, and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. More details are expected to come out later today and tonight.
What does this mean for the welterweight division? It really depends how serious his injuries are. If he avoided spinal and neck injuries, serious nerve or ligament damage, a return is expected at some point. We can only hope and pray that he only suffered broken bones, and that a long recovery is all he is looking at. Sometimes these accidents end careers.
There is one case that could encourage Spence, if his injuries are more serious. Vinny Paz (formerly Vinny Pazienza), suffered major spinal injuries in a car crash back in November of 1991. It almost ended his career. He was 28 years old at the time, just a year younger than Spence is now. Against all odds he fought and grinded his way back to the top. We can only hope that Spence has an easier path back to greatness.
Boxers have come out to show their support to one of their own. Here are some of the reactions on social media from today:
Everyone at EightCount TV is praying for Errol Spence Jr and a speedy recovery. Spence is a fighter, he will get through this. He’s young, in his prime and still has so much left to accomplish in boxing. We hope the injuries he sustained are not career threatening. EightCount TV will be following updates closely.