DALLAS (CBS) – Welterweight boxing champion and DeSoto resident Errol Spence Jr. is currently in the intensive care unit after he was involved in a rollover crash in Dallas early Thursday morning, police say.
The crash happened just before 3 a.m. on Riverfront Boulevard near I-30 near downtown and involved one vehicle — a white Ferrari.
According to police, the vehicle was going at a high rate of speed in the northbound lanes in the 500 block of S. Riverfront Boulevard. The vehicle went over the center median and flipped multiple times, ejecting the driver. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Police say Spence was taken to the hospital in serious condition and is expected to survive. He remains in the ICU.
Police officially identified the driver as Spence. Sources close to the boxer had identified him earlier in the morning.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Spence, a welterweight champion from DeSoto, is currently 26-0 in his professional career and his latest match was against Shawn Porter on Sept. 28.
Porter tweeted about the crash and offered his prayers for Spence’s recovery.
“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,” Porter said.
The local boxer made his professional debut in November 2012. He won the IBF welterweight title in May 2017 and has defended it since.
Spence defended his welterweight title twice in front of the local crowds at The Star in Frisco on June 16, 2018 against Carlos Ocampo and at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Mar. 16, 2019 against Mikey Garcia.