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Errol Spence: Car accident made me hungrier and more focused

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Spence says he’s looking to make a statement in his first fight back from his near death experience.

Errol Spence Jr. v Shawn Porter - Media Workouts Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Unified welterweight champion Errol Spence knows full well that he nearly threw his life away in that high-speed Ferrari crash which ejected him from his vehicle late last year. Spence took plenty of time off to lick his wounds and reflect on the incident, and now that he’s heading back into the ring this weekend against a tough opponent in Danny Garcia, Spence says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Spence says surviving that crash gave him plenty of new perspective, knowing that at the time he didn’t even have a will or anything to ensure that his children would be financially secure in the event of his untimely demise. But now given this second chance at life — and a world class boxing career — Spence tells RingTV that he has a newfound hunger and dedication knowing that everything can be lost in a moment’s time.

“It’s up to me to make a big splash coming back from my car accident. Lesser opponents were for before I became champion. I finally got to the top, where I can fight the big names, so I’m not going backward. These are the guys I’ve wanted to fight forever. The accident just made me hungrier and even more focused. I have the same hunger now that I had before I won the title.”


How to Watch Spence vs Garcia

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 | Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Location: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Stream: FOX Sports PPV | TV: PPV (US) / Premier Sports (UK)
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com


Just a few days before his big fight against Garcia, Spence seems to be brimming with confidence, promising a highlight reel performance in this outing. And with a win here, Spence says he’s ready for all other top 147-pounders in the sport.