Boxer Errol Spence Jr. seriously injured in Dallas rollover crash

Boxing superstar Errol Spence Jr. suffered serious injuries early Thursday morning when his Ferrari crossed the center median on a Dallas road and flipped several times, according to police.

The crash occurred a little before 3 a.m. in the 500 block of South Riverfront Boulevard, and the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, Dallas police said. Dallas police confirmed the driver was Spence Jr., the 29-year-old superstar with a 26-0 record.

He’s expected to survive, police said. He was taken to a local hospital and was in the intensive care unit Thursday morning.

“His injuries are not life-threatening. His parents are with him at the hospital,” Tim Smith, a spokesman for Spence’s promoter, Premier Boxing Champions, told The Associated Press.

The cause of the crash isn’t known at this time. Spence, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Photos of the white Ferrari showed the front and back ends of the car smashed, with warped steel and other materials.

Spence is from DeSoto, south of Dallas. He has held the IBF welterweight title since 2017 and represented the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.

Spence defeated Shawn Porter in the Staples Center in late December. The match-up wound up being a bitter fight that ended in a narrow split-decision victory for Spence after he knocked out Porter in the 11th round.

Spence defeated Mikey Garcia in March in AT&T Stadium, defending his IBF welterweight title.

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Jack Howland is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. Before coming to the Star-Telegram in May 2019, he worked for two and a half years as a breaking news reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.