Errol Spence Jr. defeated Shawn Porter via split decision at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2019.
In a welterweight title unification bout, Errol Spence Jr. defended his IBF championship belt. Shawn Porter was unsuccessful in retaining his WBC belt, with Errol Spence Jr. eventually coming out on top.
‘The Truth’ pulled off a marginal split decision victory, with judges Rey Danseco and Steve Weisfeld each scoring it 116-111 for Spence Jr. and Larry Hazzard Jr tallied 115–112 in favor of ‘Showtime.’
The boxing bout was deemed to be a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate by one of the analysts at CBS. The contest was close with both trading shots. While the fight was close, Errol Spence Jr. landed a short left hook on Porter in the eleventh round, causing Porter’s glove to touch the canvas. This was scored as a knockdown in favor of Spence Jr. and changed the course of the fight.
Errol Spence Jr. sustained a life threatening car crash in 2019
Errol Spence Jr. was involved in a dangerous and potentially fatal car crash in the early hours of October 10, 2019.
While over-speeding in a Ferrari, Spence Jr. lost control of the car.
The car flipped multiple times, with the undefeated American boxer thrown out of the vehicle, sustaining serious injuries. He was admitted to an intensive care unit and was released from the hospital six days later. He was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and a misdemeanor by the Dallas Police Department.
Errol Spence Jr. has pulled out of his fight with Manny Pacquiao which was supposed to take place on August 21. The reason cited is a ‘retinal tear,’ which will see Errol Spence Jr. undergo surgery.
After Spence Jr.’s withdrawal from the fight, Pacquiao will now face a new challenge in Yordenis Ugas. Ugas beat Abel Ramos for the vacant WBA regular welterweight title in September and will now look to conquer the biggest name on his resume so far.
Pacquiao recently spoke about Spence Jr.’s withdrawal and his new opponent.