Spence is expected to survive after crashing his Ferrari while not wearing a seat belt
Boxer Errol Spence Jr. is awake and responsive following a horrific car crash in which he was launched out of his rolling, airborne convertible and onto the pavement, yet somehow avoided any broken bones or fractures.
No one else was involved in the Thursday-morning accident in Dallas, and Spence is expected to recover.
The unified welterweight champion was not wearing a seat belt, according to police.
KTVT’s J.D. Miles tweeted out several security videos, one of which shows Spence’s white $300k Ferrari 488 Spider convertible speeding into view before rolling onto its side and out of frame, kicking up debris along the way.
Another, longer video shows the aftermath of the crash in the distance as several cars meander through the wreckage.
‘Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable,’ read a statement from Premiere Boxing Champions spokesman Tim Smith. ‘He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.
‘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.’
KTVT’s J.D. Miles tweeted out both videos, one of which shows Spence’s convertible speeding into view before rolling onto its side and out of frame, kicking up debris along the way
With Spence’s wrecked Ferrari in the distance, at least two drivers passed by without stopping
Actress and boxing fan Rosie Perez tweeted out her support Thursday: ‘Very lucky young man. Thank goodness he’s going to be okay. Got mad love for you Champ!’ Ex-
Earlier in the evening Spence posted an Instagram Story showing a friend dancing in the Sidebar nightclub in Dallas
NFL cornerback Brandon King called Spence ‘blessed’ on Twitter, adding that the boxer could ‘have easily been a dead man.’
Black Sports Online’s Robert Littal had a similar sentiment: ‘Praying for Errol Spence Jr. he’s extremely lucky considering how his car looked after the crash.’
The 29-year-old unified welterweight champion was on his way home from a nightclub when he crashed around 3am near I-30. The impact of the crash is said to have thrown him out of his car along Riverfront Boulevard in Dallas.
Without identifying Spence, police said the driver of the car was not wearing his seat belt. His identity has since been confirmed by a spokesman for Premiere Boxing Champions, a televised boxing series that produces and distributes Spence’s fights.
Pictures emerged Thursday morning showing the mangled white Ferrari surrounded by police and medics.
World welterweight champion Errol Spencer Jr has been involved in a horror car crash
Dallas Police released a statement early Thursday morning: ‘At 2:53am a Ferrari 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 seat belt.
‘The driver was taken to an area hospital where he is expected to live, but remains in ICU. The driver, a black male 29-years-old, was the only occupant in the vehicle. The name of the driver will be released at a later [time]. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time.’
The white Ferrari appears to be the only car involved the accident.
Earlier in the evening Spence posted an Instagram Story showing a friend dancing in the Sidebar nightclub in Dallas.
Spence has two young daughters, Ivy and Violet, but has always kept the identity of the girls’ mother and his marital status a closely-guarded secret.
He was born in Long Island, but moved to Texas at the age of 2.
He is reported to have been seriously injured and rushed to hospital after the crash in Dallas
Spence celebrates after defeating Shawn Porter during their recent clash in September
Spence posted an Instagram story of a friend while he was out at Sidebar nightclub in Dallas
Spence is pictured with his two daughters Ivy and Violet in September. He has never discussed his marital status or the identity of the girls’ mother
In 2017, Spence won the IBF world welterweight title by beating Kell Brook in the Englishman’s native Sheffield. Spence also holds the WBC world welterweight title after his recent split-decision victory over Shawn Porter.
The win moved Spence’s record to 26-0. The powerful southpaw also has knockout 21 victories.
‘This is a lifetime dream,’ Spence said after his controversial win over Porter last month. ‘It shows hard work pays off. … Shawn Porter is a rough and awkward fighter. I didn’t get off what I wanted to. He’s a true champion. He made it tough … (but) all my punches have bad intentions.’
Porter reacted to the news on Twitter Thursday: ‘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.’
Spence, a former Olympian, had been poised for a lucrative unification bout against undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who is considered by many to be the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer.
‘Praying for you champ @ErrolSpenceJr,’ Crawford tweeted on Thursday. ‘I know you will.’
Shawn Porter, who was beaten by Spence on September 28, reacted to the news Thursday
Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford also sent a message of support
Spence won the IBF world welterweight title when he beat Kell Brook in Sheffield in 2017
Spence Jr was driving a $300,000 Ferrari 488 Spider similar to the one pictured here