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Errol Spence, Olympic boxer, thrown from Ferrari in crash

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DALLAS (AP) — Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday and was badly injured but is expected to survive, police said.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m., when Spence’s Ferrari crossed a median into oncoming traffic and flipped over several times, ejecting Spence, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, police said. Spence was taken to a hospital and placed in the intensive care unit.

“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.

Police said they’re still investigating the cause of the crash, but they noted that the Ferrari was speeding at the time.

Last month, the 2012 U.S. Olympian added the WBC welterweight title to his IBF strap with a thrilling split-decision victory over Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.

With his rangy athleticism and virtuosic skill, Spence, who is 26-0 with 21 knockouts, has captured fans with a series of crisp victories in recent years. He won the IBF title in 2017 by stopping Kell Brook in England, and he defended it three times, culminating in a one-sided thrashing of undersized Mikey Garcia in March.

Spence, 29, emerged victorious from his bout with the veteran brawler Porter (30-3-1), which featured several wild exchanges and had the Staples Center crowd of 16,702 on its feet throughout the 12th round and roaring for both fighters when they embraced after the final bell.

Heading into the fight in which he was a heavy favorite, Spence had a lot of attractive options ahead, including a possible fight with the resurgent Manny Pacquiao and a potential bout with fellow unbeaten champion Terrence Crawford after that.

Olympians headline Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday

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In 2012, the U.S. men’s boxing team failed to bring home a medal for the first time in Olympic history. The fighters from that team have been on a professional tear since.

Olympians Errol Spence (19-0, 16 KOs) and Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs) are on the Premier Boxing Champions card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spence, 26, lost in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals, the best result for a U.S. men’s boxer in London.

He’s undefeated as a pro and headlines Saturday night’s card against former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.

Spence said he doesn’t regret his Olympic experience. The welterweight also isn’t surprised that he has rung up an unbeaten record in the three-plus years since.

“I had high expectations for myself,” Spence said. “[Hopefully] fighting for a title in four or five years [after the Olympics]. Fighting guys like Chris Algieri. I definitely saw myself in this position.”

Browne is on Saturday’s undercard in a light heavyweight bout with fellow unbeaten Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Browne, 25, lost his only match at the London Olympics but like Spence is unbeaten since.

“I don’t ever want to feel that feeling I felt after losing in the Olympic Games,” Browne said. “I vowed to myself that would be the last time I feel like that after a fight.”

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