Errol Spence Jr. was seriously injured Thursday morning when he crashed his car near downtown Dallas but is expected to survive.
The unified welterweight world champion was in intensive care at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, according to reports.
“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.”
According to Dallas police, Spence was driving his Ferrari at “a high rate of speed” at 2:53 a.m. when the car veered over a meridian and flipped multiple times.
#BREAKING Exclusive video from a nearby security camera shows the crash that injured Championship Boxer Errol Spence Jr when he lost control of his Ferrari and it rolled multiple times ejecting him. Fortunately he survived and expected to be ok pic.twitter.com/2Z1xh9DDiA— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) October 10, 2019
Spence, 29, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, police said.
Shawn Porter, who lost a split decision to Spence in a welterweight unification bout Sept. 28 at Staples Center, responded to the accident 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.— ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) October 10, 2019
“I’m praying for @ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live,” Porter wrote, “and I pray he recovers quickly & fully.”
Spence (26-0, 21 knockouts) is a star in his hometown of Dallas, where he overwhelmed previously unbeaten Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision in front of more than 47,000 fans at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in March.
“Watching him grow up right before our eyes as a product of Dallas is something that we’ve all been very proud to see,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Spence earlier this year. “The Cowboys and our fans hold him in very high regard, both as a boxer and a wonderful representative of our community. Errol is a champion with class and style, and he is worthy of the largest stage in the world.”