Boxing Legend Bernard Hopkins Feels “Something Suspicious” With Errol Spence Jr.’s Eye Injury

Published 08/13/2021, 3:54 AM EDT
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Errol Spence Jr. celebrates his victory against Chris van Heerden during their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)


Errol Spence Jr. was all set to contend with Manny Pacquiao on August 21, in a massive title defense showdown. But as the undefeated champ suffered a retinal eye tear, he had to withdraw from the fight. This incident stunned everyone as the Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. fight was one of the most awaited boxing events of 2021.

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Recently, the former boxing kingpin, Bernard Hopkins, who was in an exclusive chat with Little Giant Boxing, addressed the Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. encounter.

He said, “I mean, I don’t know if it’s true or not true. I like Spence, I respect Spence. I know he always ready for any challenge. But I just think, I just asked somthing suspicious about this whole thing, to be honest with you. Because I just think that, the way it manifests and came out suddenly, real fast and no one knew it before.”

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Spence Jr. spent countless hours in the gym to prepare for this high-voltage encounter. Now, all of that has gone down the drain. Given that ‘The Truth’ is out of his fight against ‘Pacman’, the latter will now face Yordenis Ugas on the same night instead.

This entire incident would have bothered ‘The Truth’ more than anyone else, as a fight against ‘Pacman’ was his ticket to get big in the welterweight division and the boxing world. Now, he will have to look for another big opponent for his return.

Will the fans get to see Errol Spence Jr. back in action soon?

The WBC and IBF welterweight champ had a successful surgery, and he posted about the same on his official Instagram handle.

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The undefeated champ will now focus on recovering quickly and efficiently. Subsequently, ‘The Truth’ Errol Spence Jr will undoubtedly lace up the boxing gloves to make his watch-worthy return to the game.

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It’ll be exciting to see if Errol Spence Jr. recovers quickly enough to make a comeback this year itself. What do you make of Bernard Hopkins’s comments? Let us know.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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