October 18, 2019
Somebody up there still loves Errol Spence Jr.
Last October 10, Spence, the newly crowned IBF-WBC unified welterweight champion, barely cheated death in Dallas after his speeding white Ferrari veered left over the center median and flipped multiple times. Spence, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was actually ejected from his seat. The vehicle was mangled beyond recognition and only a shoe was left at the scene of the accident.
Spence was initially placed in the intensive care unit before doctors declared him in stable condition. By some miracle, Spence did not break a bone in his body and only sustained damage to his teeth, severe facial lacerations and extensive bruising. He is expected to make a full recovery, although the timetable for his ring return is uncertain.
Spence, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of Desoto, Texas, defeated Shawn Porter on September 28 in Los Angeles, California to unify the IBF and WBC welterweight titles. Sources claim that Spence was in downtown Dallas to continue his celebration. He was the only person in the car when the crash happened at around 2:46 a.m. It turned out to be blessing that Spence was ejected from the vehicle; otherwise he would have been crushed into bits.
Spence was actually planning to go on vacation in Jamaica before finalizing details on his next fight. Spence, 26-0 with 21 knockouts, was zeroing in on a big money fight against WBA counterpart Manny Pacquiao.
As things stand, all of Spence’s fistic plans have been put on hold pending his recovery. Spence, who was recently discharged from the hospital, is also booked to face a formal charge for drunk driving.
Spence is really lucky to survive the crash. There have been incidents in the past where the champ involved in a fender-bender ended up six-feet under the ground.
The fate that befell Mexican boxing superstar Salvador Sanchez is still etched in the memories of fight fans. Sanchez was only 23 years old and the reigning world featherweight champion when he died on Aug. 12, 1982 in a car accident. Sanchez was training for a fight against Juan Laporte when he suddenly left his training camp at 3:30 a.m. and drove off on his Porsche. Sanchez was driving at break-neck speed when his sports car collided with a truck on a highway.
Sanchez’s demise stunned many because he was considered a disciplined boxer who never deviated from his training schedule. Years later, Jose Cabrera, a sparring partner of Sanchez who was supposed to join him in that ill-fated ride, revealed that the Mexican boxer left camp early to meet his mistress. Moreover, for all his tactical approach in the ring, Sanchez was described by friends as a reckless driver.
Sanchez left behind a record of 44-1, 1 draw with 32 knockouts. He won the WBC featherweight crown in February 1980 and made nine successful defenses. In 1991, Sanchez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. With victories over the likes of Wilfredo Gomez and Azumah Nelson, Sanchez is considered one of the greatest Mexican fighters to lace on the gloves.
Yet another popular champ who succumbed to a violent crash was former junior lightweight and lightweight champ Diego Corrales.
In May 2007, Corrales, only 29 years old, was driving his new racing motorcycle at a high speed when he ran smack into the back of a car in Las Vegas. Corrales was wearing a helmet but he was thrown at a great distance and died on the spot.
Corrales earned a niche in boxing history for his epic victory over Mexican Jose Luis Castillo in 2005. Corrales survived a beating and a trip to the canvas to stop Castillo in 10 rounds. At the time of his death, Corrales’ career was on a decline as he had lost his last three fights. Corrales’ final record was 40-5 with 33 knockouts. Corrales, according to his promoter Gary Shaw, “fought recklessly and lived recklessly. That was his style.”
Spence just earned a new lease on life. Hopefully, he will emerge from the experience a better and more cautious individual. Long before the accident, a seemingly drunk Spence had been seen in videos hanging out with Adrien Broner and Gervonta Davis. There have also been persistent rumors that Spence has been partying and drinking almost on a regular basis.
Not everybody gets a second chance at life. It will serve Spence to bear in mind that when one lives life on the fast lane, the repercussion is not limited to a mere concussion.
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