Errol Spence Jr. got his second chance at life on October 10, 2019. It’s a date that will forever be etched in the mind of the three-belt welterweight champion.
“The Big Fish” has since cemented his reputation as one of the biggest pound-for-pound stars on the planet. However, it could have been so different.
Spence recently admitted he struggled with post-traumatic stress from the ordeal as he came away with a few facial bruises that would heal completely.
But watching the video of his Ferrari Spider flying through the air has never been easier as Spence spirals out of control and leaves his life to the fate of pure luck.
Any reciprocating movement of the car that threw him off the windshield because he was not wearing a seatbelt would be catastrophic.
Speaking about the crash ahead of his win over Yordenis Ugas, Spence joined former NFL stars and “The Pivot Podcast” co-hosts Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor on “The Pivot Podcast” to re- hash events.
Spence pointed out: “It was a red flag. More importantly, it gave me perspective. I really had to sit down.
“I realized that all this outside stuff was just a distraction. What matters are the people close to you.
“Because when it’s over, that’s all you have.” I realized I was playing on borrowed time.
ERROL SPENCE JR PERSPECTIVES
Spence certainly has a new outlook on life, especially in boxing, keeping that unique perspective with him at all times.
“If concrete couldn’t break anything in my body, then how could a man hurt me?
“That’s why I walked straight out the door and fought a solid ex-champ in the person of Danny Garcia.”
When he was written off, beating Garcia against the odds was a satisfying achievement for Spence. He followed that up with the Ugas triumph, where he added the WBA title to his WBC and IBF versions.
Now, only one belt remains against WBO leader Terence Crawford. Spence will undoubtedly carry his experiences into everything undisputed with Crawford.
“I will always remember the accident. I wanted to be reminded of the accident,” said ‘The Truth.’ “It was definitely a lesson for me and my kids.
“The accident made me the man I am today. It made me be with my family more and I realized that a lot of things that I thought were important, or just things that I indulged in, weren’t as important as the strength of being with my family.
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