Despite the fact that Spence remains undefeated after 26 fights, 21 via knockout and 5 by decision, some pundits have questioned whether he’ll be the same fighter after his accident last October. Spence trashed his Ferrari 488 Spider at high speed and while the vehicle flipped numerous times, he was ejected and somehow managed to avoid breaking any bones. He did suffer facial lacerations and lost a few teeth, along with scrapes and bruising elsewhere around his body and limbs. After spending six days in the hospital, reports emerged that Spence caused the crash through dangerous driving.
Initially boastful of his remarkable survival following that incident, Spence was roundly criticized by fans and followers on social networks, who felt the boxer was setting a bad example. However, in an interview with Essentially Sports, he later apologized and admitted he’d been taking a lot of things for granted in life and having nearly lost his life, realized that he needed to regain focus. Having now recovered fully and had plenty of time to train over the last few months, Spence appears confident that he’s back in top shape. Scheduled to fight fellow American welterweight Danny Garcia on 21st November, the 30-year-old has more than just his exceptional boxing record at stake; he must also recover his reputation as a sportsman.
The main concern for Spence is whether the accident has left any lasting psychological effects, which could influence the way he fights. Although no other boxer has beaten him, life itself handed Spence the first real beating of his life, just over a year ago. If he’s capable of putting that behind him fully, has insisted there are no physical problems of any concern, he should be able to maintain his dominance of the welterweight scene. Spence landed the IBF welterweight title with a knockout victory against British rival Kell Brook, at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, back in May 2017. That triumph came on the back of a great run of consecutive knockout wins that stretched back to 2014. However, beating Danny Garcia will probably require lasting power, which Spence has also exhibited in his most recent fights.