Boxing’s IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. was in a serious car accident in the wee hours of Thursday morning in downtown Dallas. And he’s currently being treated in the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
According to reports, the accident happened at 2:53 a.m. Central Time on Riverfront Boulevard, near Interstate 30. And the car Spence Jr. was driving in, a white Ferrari, was the only vehicle involved. First responders found the 29-year-old lying on the street when they arrived.
“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,” police explained.
Newly released photos show the vehicle without a roof and its back completely crushed in. But despite the 29-year-old having serious injuries, he’s expected to live.
“Errol was in an accident, and his parents are with him at the hospital,” said Tim Smith, a spokesman for Premier Boxing Champions. “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.”
The accident comes after Spence Jr., who’s from DeSoto, Texas, beat Shawn Porter on Sept. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a split decision. The victory allowed Spence Jr. to unify two welterweight titles, and his current record stands at 26-0 with 21 knockouts.
After news of the crash surfaced, some left comments on the boxer’s Instagram page.
“Get well brotha!!” someone wrote on Thursday.
Porter also sent a message and said he’s praying for his recent opponent, as well as his family.
“My dad always tells me ‘this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever,'” tweeted Porter on Thursday. “‘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.”