Errol Spence Jr., the undefeated welterweight boxing world champ, was in a Ferrari crash in downtown Dallas, Texas on October 10, 2019, and photos and video from the scene captured the serious nature of the accident that wounded the champion boxer. The photos and video show the crumpled white Ferrari with major front and back end damage. You can see them throughout this article.
Spence, 29, who was ejected from the luxury car, is expected to survive. His last opponent, Shawn Porter, offered prayers for Spence on Twitter.
“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,” he wrote.
Journalist J.D. Miles wrote on Twitter that Spence suffered broken teeth and shared these videos:
“Errol was in an accident, and his parents are with him at the hospital,” Premier Boxing Champions spokesman Tim Smith told ESPN. “The doctors are monitoring his condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening. We will have further updates as the doctors update his condition. We’re all wishing the best for Errol.” Smith did not detail the boxing star’s exact injuries. Asked about the specific nature of Spence’s injuries and what effect, if any, they would have on his boxing career, Smith wrote Heavy, “His injuries are non-life-threatening. We don’t have any further information at this time. We’ll update everyone when we have more to share.”
Smith later released an update with additional details.
“Errol Spence Jr., IBF/WBC unified welterweight world champion, was involved in a serious, single-car accident in Dallas early Thursday morning and is being treated at a Dallas-area hospital,” Smith told Heavy in a statement. “Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.”
He added: “He is currently resting with his family by his side. They want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and are extremely grateful to the Dallas first responders who rushed to the scene to attend to Errol after the accident and the doctors who are taking care of him at the hospital.”
News broke in the early morning hours in Dallas that the 3 a.m. rollover Ferrari crash involved a high-profile person. Then sources (and later Premiere Boxing’s spokesman and police) told local news reporters that the high-profile person was boxer Errol Spence Jr. Fans offered prayers and concern on social media. “Lord whyyy ? prayers for @ErrolSpenceJr my fav,” wrote one woman on Twitter, echoing the thoughts of others.
How seriously injured Spence is from the crash is not yet known, but it was bad enough that he was rushed to the hospital. NBC Dallas reported that the Ferrari driver was in the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, however, and his parents were at his side, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Fans, who have watched the Texas talent and former Olympian explode on boxing’s stage, were very concerned. “Damn man I hope @ErrolSpenceJr is ok. Literally my favorite boxer in the game right now,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “…pull through champ.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Photos & Video Show Damage Incurred to the Ferrari From a Rollover Crash
A high-rate of speed was blamed, according to police, and no other vehicles were involved. The car flipped at least five times, according to TMZ. It appears to be lacking a roof in photos from the accident scene.
“Pro boxer ERROL SPENCE JR is the ‘high-profile man’ @Dallaspd says was seriously injured after being ejected from the #Ferrari he was driving during a rollover crash on Riverfront Blvd. He was transported hospital, but expected to survive. #BREAKING,” reported journalist Madison Sawyer on Twitter.
She also wrote, “@DallasPD say a ‘high profile man’ driving a Ferrari has been involved in a major crash in downtown Dallas on Riverfront Blvd. just south of I-30. @CBSDFW working to get more details.” Fox 3 reported that he was seriously injured.
WTSP-TV posted live video from the scene.
Spence was active recently on social media. On September 29, he wrote, “Got to keep my weight in control for now on ain’t nothing cool about blowing up 25+ pounds an having to spend camp losing that shit” and “No nutritionist or strength & conditioning trainer ?.” He last posted on Instagram two days before the crash. Six days before he wrote, “Dallas, Let’s celebrate my victory this Friday at Park Avenue! I want the whole city out it’s going be a movie!”
He sometimes posts pictures of two small children, writing, “my babies Keep me hungry & focused?.” One photo with the kids showed him sitting in front of a Range Rover.
Spence, Who Is Also an Olympian, Got His Start in Boxing Due to His Father
According to Premier Boxing Champions, the 147-pound world champion Errol Spence Jr. got his start at age 15 “under his father’s guidance.” Spence is from Desoto, Texas. He is also a U.S. Olympian.
ESPN quoted Spence as saying of his dad, “It really wasn’t my choice. I came home from school and 20 minutes later we pulled up to a boxing gym. He didn’t tell me where we were going. What’s going on? We going to pick up something? And then we’re in a boxing gym and he’s asking the coach when can I start, and I started the next day.”
Dallas PD told CBS 11 that, at 2:53 a.m., a Ferrari was “traveling at a high rate of speed northbound in the 500 S. Riverfront Blvd. The Ferrari veered left over the center median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.”
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