Errol Spence is back… in the public eye.
The unbeaten, unified welterweight titlist was on hand serving dual purpose Saturday evening at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, marking his first time in the public eye since a horrific car crash suffered this past October in downtown Dallas. Spence’s training stablemate, former 154-pound titlist Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16KOs) is in the evening’s main event, looking to avenge his lone career defeat in a rematch with reigning titleholder Tony Harrison (28-2, 21KOs) in the evening’s main event.
Since he was already in the house and with microphones present, the placement served as the perfect time to hear from the man himself for the first time since recovering from the aforementioned auto accident.
“I’ve been home safe with my family. I’ve been enjoying my time away from boxing,” Spence (26-0, 21KOs) told Fox Sports’ Brian Kenny, who was serving as lead announcer for Saturday’s primetime telecast. “My whole body was sore, it was just a miracle from God. Anybody else would have been killed.
“It was just a blessing from God and I’m looking forward to returning to boxing… next year.”
By his own admission, Spence could not go into full detail regarding the accident, which occurred on October and which left him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Methodist Dallas Medical Center for six days. Upon his release, the 29-year old Texas native was charged with a single count of Class B misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). The case remains an active legal matter, although he was free to talk about the one question on the mind of boxing fans—if he will return to the ring.
The reigning welterweight king clarified that it’s no longer if, but when he will return.
“I’m fighting around May or June. I already started training,” revealed Spence, who unified two welterweight belts following a thrilling 12-round win over Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17KOs) this past September in Los Angeles. “I hit the mitts. I’m feeling real good and ready to come back.
“I feel good. I’ve been working with my coach and everything like that. I’ve been running. I feel good. I didn’t feel sore or anything. Like I said, it’s a miracle from God that I didn’t have anything serious that would leave me out of the ring for a year or two. I feel real gracious.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox