Errol Spence Jr, who unified the IBF and WBC welterweight titles just last month, is in intensive care following a car crash in Dallas.
Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr has been taken to the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital following a car crash in the city.
Spence, who holds the IBF and WBC belts, was injured in the early hours of Thursday morning while driving a white Ferrari, which was pictured with significant damage.
Dallas Police confirmed the 29-year-old, who they said was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, had been hospitalised but was “expected to live”.
A statement from Dallas Police said: “On October 10, 2019, at 2:53 a.m., a white Ferrari was travelling at a high rate of speed northbound in the 500 block S. Riverfront Boulevard. The Ferrari veered left over the centre median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.
“The driver, Errol Spence, Jr., 29-years-old, was taken to an area hospital where he remains in ICU. He is expected to live. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time.”
In September, the unbeaten Spence defeated Shawn Porter by split decision in Los Angeles to defend his IBF title and also claim the WBC strap.
Porter was among those to wish his welterweight rival well, posting on Twitter: “My dad always tells me, ‘This boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. You still have a lot of life to live after that’.
My dad always tells me “this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. U still have a lot of life to live after that.” With that, I’m praying for@ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly & fully.
— ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) October 10, 2019
WBO champion Terence Crawford has been involved in a public back-and-forth with Spence concerning a potential unification bout, but he sent his best wishes on Thursday.
“Praying for you champ, @ErrolSpenceJr,” he wrote on his own social media page. “Get well. We fighters – I know you will.”
Praying for you champ @ErrolSpenceJr get well we fighters I know you will
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 10, 2019
Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in the sport’s history, tweeted: “Praying for @ErrolSpenceJr..”