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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Boxing

‘Savage’ Errol Spence Jr. charged with DWI for Ferrari crash

Errol Spence Jr.

The good news is Errol Spence Jr. survived his scary car crash. The bad news is he still has to face charges over it.

Dallas police said in a statement on Tuesday that Spence has been “charged with DWI, misdemeanor B. Mr. Spence has been released from the hospital and will need to address those charges. As for getting a speed of the vehicle, we will not be getting one.”

Spence, 29, was hospitalized after flipping his Ferrari multiple times while driving in Dallas early Thursday morning on October 10. Even though video showed his car flipping at a high speed, Spence did not suffer any broken bones or fractures.

Spence posted an update to his Instagram story on Wednesday night in which he called himself a “savage” for not suffering any broken bones.

He quickly deleted the posting.

Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) beat Shawn Porter at Staples Center in Los Angeles in late September to retain his IBF welterweight title and win Porter’s WBC welterweight belt.

Errol Spence Jr. in stable condition, expected to make full recovery after Ferrari crash

Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence Jr.’s condition has been upgraded after the champion boxer was injured in a car crash on Thursday morning.

Spence’s publicity company sent out a statement later on Thursday to Larry Brown Sports and other outlets to say that the boxer is now in stable condition, an upgrade after he was in serious condition after the crash. Spence is expected to make a full recovery.

“Errol Spence Jr., IBF/WBC unified welterweight world champion, was involved in a serious, single-car accident in Dallas early Thursday morning and is being treated at a Dallas-area hospital. Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery,” the statement said.

“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.”

The 29-year-old boxer flipped his Ferrari in a rollover crash around 3:00 a.m. in Dallas.

Video shows Spence’s vehicle flipping over and rolling multiple times:

After watching that, it’s pretty incredible that the unbeaten boxer did not suffer any broken bones.

Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) beat Shawn Porter at Staples Center in Los Angeles two weeks ago to retain his IBF welterweight title and win Porter’s WBC welterweight belt.

Errol Spence Jr hospitalized after car crash, was reportedly ejected from Ferrari

Errol Spence Cowboys

Professional boxer Errol Spence Jr was involved in a serious car crash in Dallas early Thursday morning, but fortunately he is expected to survive.

Madison Sawyer of CBS DFW first reported that a “high-profile person” was involved in a rollover crash at around 3 a.m. on Riverfront Drive in Dallas. It was later determined that the victim, who was taken to Methodist Hospital and is in serious condition, is Spence. The 29-year-old was ejected from his Ferrari.

The report was later confirmed by other news outlets:

The extent of Spence’s injuries is unclear, but it is a positive sign that doctors expect him to survive given the terrifying details of the crash.

Spence is a perfect 26-0 in his pro boxing career. He won the WBC welterweight title and retained the IBF welterweight title in a unification fight against Shawn Porter back in September. Spence won by split decision. There had been rumblings that he could be headed for the most high-profile fight of his career in the near future, but his health is obviously most important at the moment.

GGG upset about being booed after narrow decision win

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin did not put on his best performance in a narrow win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and the 37-year-old from Kazakhstan was bothered by the negative fan reception after the fight.

Golovkin won a unanimous decision over Derevyanchenko, receiving scores of 115-112 from two judges and 114-113 from another. Judge Kevin Morgan actually scored it six rounds to six, but Golovkin got one extra point thanks to a 10-8 round in the first from a knockdown.

Golovkin was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden after the fight and had a hard time conducting his postfight interview on DAZN as a result.

Golovkin seemed to feel the fans were not giving Derevyanchenko enough credit for being a tough opponent.

GGG is now 40-1-1 (35 KOs), while Derevyanchenko is 13-2. The win opens a path for a third fight between GGG and Canelo Alvarez. Canelo fights Sergey Kovalev in November.

Louisville to wear uniforms honoring Muhammad Ali

Louisville Cardinals

Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous and influential people to ever come from Louisville, and the city’s football team is planning to honor the late boxer with its uniforms during this weekend’s game.

On Tuesday, the University of Louisville shared a preview of the uniforms its football team will wear on Saturday when they host Boston College. They feature a color scheme that is similar to the trunks Ali wore in addition to arched lettering which matches the back of the champion’s famous robe.

We have seen prominent figures from all of the major sports honor Ali since his death in 2016, and it’s nice to see Louisville keeping it going more than three years later.

The Cardinals fell to 2-2 with a loss at Florida State last weekend. BC is 3-2 and also coming off a loss against Wake Forest.

Mike Tyson attends Jaguars game in teal No. 1 jersey

The big hit in Jacksonville before Thursday night’s Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game was not Gardner Minshew, but another famous athlete: Mike Tyson.

Tyson walked into TIAA Bank Field before the game wearing a teal No. 1 Jaguars jersey. He drew quite a crowd:

Tyson even filmed a video for the Jaguars and joked about trading his pet white tiger for a jaguar:

The former heavyweight champion boxer is now 53. He has been involved in several media projects in recent years, including acting in a one-man comedy show, writing books, appearing in movies, songs and commercials, and working for entertainment companies.

There is actually a pro football player in the league named Mike Tyson who played 10 games last season for Houston, but he is unrelated to the former champion boxer. When you have Iron Mike on your sideline, you’re guaranteed to put up a fight and come out swinging.

Evander Holyfield’s son to make pro boxing debut in November

Evander Holyfield is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers to ever live, and one of his sons is hoping to carry on the tradition when he makes his professional fighting debut later this year.

At a news conference for the Sergey Kovalev-Canelo Alvarez fight on Wednesday evening, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva announced that 21-year-old Evan Holyfield will make his pro boxing debut on the undercard of a Nov. 2 event that will be shown on the streaming service DAZN. As Dan Rafael of ESPN notes, Main Events recently signed Evan and is the same promotion company that represented Evander throughout much of his career.

Evander, of course, was a cruiserweight and heavyweight. He remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Evan currently fights as a middleweight.

Another one of Evander’s sons, Elijah, played football at Georgia and was in training camp with the Carolina Panthers this summer, though he did not make the regular season roster.

As you can see, the Holyfield family is loaded with athletes. Evan will have the tough task of having to live up to the enormous expectations his father created, which will not be easy. Hopefully he’s able to enjoy a successful career.