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Boxing champion Errol Spence in intensive care after high-speed car crash

Spence was not wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred and was thrown out of his Ferrari, which "flipped multiple times"

Erroll Spence Jr beat Shawn Porter in his most recent fight. AFP
Erroll Spence Jr beat Shawn Porter in his most recent fight. AFP

Boxing world champion Errol Spence Jr was involved in a high-speed car crash on Wednesday night in Dallas, Texas and is in intensive care, local authorities confirmed.

Spence, who recently defeated Shawn Porter in a welterweight unification world title fight, was not wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred and was thrown out of his Ferrari, which "flipped multiple times". No other car was involved in the crash.

β€œAt 2:53am a Ferrari travelling at a high rate of speed northbound in the 500 S. Riverfront Blvd," a police statement said.

"The Ferrari veered left over the centre median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.

"The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time.”

Spence was rushed to hospital and taken to intensive care. He is in a serious condition but is expected to survive, police say. Earlier the same night, Spence was posting videos of himself and friends at a Dallas nightclub.

Undefeated after 26 professional fights, WBC and IBF champion Spence is one of the finest boxers on the planet and the only multiple-belt holder in the welterweight division - currently regarded as the most competitive and high-profile weight class in boxing.

His split decision win over Porter on September 28 proved a thrilling contest and a fight of the year contender.

Updated: October 10, 2019 05:03 PM

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