“I’m Grateful It Happened “: Errol Spence Jr. Opens Up on His Eye Injury

Published 08/27/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Erroll Spence Jr. in the ring fights against Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Injuries have always been the most dreadful part of any sport and an athlete’s life. That said, one of boxing’s biggest stars, Errol Spence Jr. encountered a horrific eye injury a few days back, which left a slight dent in his decorative career.

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The welterweight king was all set to battle the boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, but due to his retinal eye tear, Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw from this fight. However, since that terrifying occurrence, Spence Jr. has spent a considerable amount of time recovering and getting himself on track.

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Recently, he spoke to Mike Coppinger about his eye injury. Here, he gave an honest take on this entire scenario.

“I’m grateful that I caught it…It’s a career-ending injury for a lot of other boxers. A lot of them don’t get checked up…I’m grateful it happened when it happened, I caught it sooner than later, and I have another chance at what I love doing.”

“I was seeing (a shadow) after sparring and things like that. Me just being a boxer, being young, I didn’t wanna say anything about that, but then the doctor asked me if something was wrong with my vision on the left side… If it gets to the center of your eye, it will get a lot worse. If you would have got hit or anything. It would have got way worse than what it is.” he added.

‘The Truth’ is eager to bounce back and get into his old form. More than anyone else, he is ecstatic to place himself inside the squared circle again and redefine his place.

When will Errol Spence Jr. get inside the ring?

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Spence Jr. has undergone emergency surgery already and with time, his eye is expected to return to proper functioning.

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)

However, a possible return to the ring isn’t teased by anyone from ‘The Truth’s team. And looking at the prevailing scenario, it doesn’t seem the WBC and IBF welterweight champ will come back to action by the end of the year.

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His fans would just hope to see him in sublime health as of now. Post which, Spence Jr. will be excited to lure them with his enigmatic return.

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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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