Welterweight world champion Errol Spence has been released from hospital and given a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge, Dallas Police has confirmed.

IBF and WBC title-holder Spence was injured in the early hours of last Thursday and taken to an intensive-care unit after the Ferrari he was driving flipped multiple times.

The 29-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident, has been released from hospital but will face a drink-driving charge.

"Errol Spence Jr was charged with DWI, misdemeanour B," a statement from the police read.

"Mr Spence has been released from the hospital and will need to address those charges.

"As for getting a speed of the vehicle, we will not be getting one. It was a single car accident with no other criminal charges. Therefore, [there is] no reason to get a warrant to pull the CDR (black box) of the vehicle."

Spence in September defeated fellow American Shawn Porter in a welterweight unification bout, improving his record to 26-0.

American boxer Patrick Day has died at the age of 27 from the brain injury he suffered in a fight against Charles Conwell on Saturday.

Day was knocked out in the 10th round of Saturday's super-welterweight bout in Chicago and taken from the ring on a stretcher.

Fighting on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight victory over Chazz Witherspoon, Day was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and placed in a coma.

Promoter Lou DiBella announced on Wednesday that Day had died, saying: "Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.

"He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins."

Bob Arum says a fight for a world title awaits Carl Frampton if he beats Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas next month. 

A two-weight world champion, Frampton will step up to super-featherweight to do battle with undefeated American McCreary (16-0-1) on November 30.

Frampton was forced to withdraw from a showdown with Emmanuel Dominguez in August after fracturing the fifth metacarpal when a large ornament in a Philadelphia hotel lobby fell on his hand. 

'The Jackal' (26-2) will be on the same bill as Oscar Valdez, one of his main targets, and Top Rank founder Arum says there is a huge incentive for both fighters.

"This is a tremendous super-featherweight double-header and both Frampton and Valdez have their hands full against top opponents," said Arum in a statement.

"If Valdez and Frampton both win, world title opportunities await them in 2020."

Frampton said: "I'm delighted to be making a comeback after what's been a horrible year for my career.

"I didn't get the Top Rank deal off to an ideal start but coming back in Vegas is great for me, especially against a really strong opponent. It needed to be someone who would test me."

He added: "McCreary is a quality opponent but if I want to be competing against the top guys in the world, which I believe I can, I need to be beating guys like him and doing it in style."

Charles Conwell has vowed to use Patrick Day as motivation to become world champion as his fellow American fights for his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in their bout on Saturday.

Day was knocked out by Conwell in the 10th round of the super welterweight fight in Chicago and remains in "extremely critical condition" at Northwestern Memorial Hospital following emergency surgery on Sunday.

Conwell has written a poignant letter to Day, stating it will be the last time he comments on the situation out of respect for Day's family and friends, himself and the sport of boxing.

The 21-year-old posted on Twitter: "I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them.

"I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can't stop thinking about it myself, I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel.

"I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that's not what you would want.

"I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to, but to fight and win a world title because that's what you wanted and that's what I want, so I'll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With compassion, Charles Conwell."

Day, 27, was rushed to the hospital after the knock out on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.

He was removed from the ring on a stretcher and is currently in a coma after emergency surgery.

Charles Conwell has vowed to use Patrick Day as motivation to become world champion as his fellow American fights for his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in their bout on Saturday.

Day was knocked out by Conwell in the 10th round of the super welterweight fight in Chicago and remains in an "extremely critical condition" in Northwestern Memorial Hospital following emergency surgery on Sunday.

Conwell has written a poignant letter to his fellow American, stating it will be the last time he comments on the situation out of respect for Day's family and friends, himself and the sport of boxing.

The 21-year-old posted on Twitter: "I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them.

"I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you.

"I can't stop thinking about it myself, I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel.

"I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that's not what you would want.

"I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to, but to fight and win a world title because that's what you wanted and that's what I want, so I'll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With compassion, Charles Conwell."

American boxer Patrick Day is in an "extremely critical condition" after suffering a traumatic brain injury in his super welterweight fight with Charles Conwell in Chicago on Saturday.

Day was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was knocked out by his compatriot in the 10th round of a bout on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.

The 27-year-old, who was removed from the ring on a stretcher, is in a coma following emergency surgery.

Day's promoter Lou DiBella tweeted: "Pat Day makes any room he is in a better place. I've never met anyone who's met Patrick and not liked him. Never heard him utter a mean word.

"Never saw him greet someone without a big smile. Life doesn't seem fair sometimes. Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts, and hearts."

Conwell said after the fight: "I give my blessings and concerns to him and his team. I hope he is okay. I know he is a great person."

British promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Our thoughts and deepest prayers are with Patrick Day and his family right now.

"We have been in constant communication with his promoter who will provide further information at the appropriate time. Please keep Pat in your thoughts."

Oleksandr Usyk has designs on facing the winner of Anthony Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title rematch.

The former undisputed cruiserweight king made his long-awaited debut in boxing's blue-riband division on Saturday, claiming a comfortable win over late replacement Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago – the veteran American pulled out by his corner at the end of round seven.

And Usyk is in a hurry for a shot at becoming a two-weight world champion

"It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for Eddie [Hearn, his promoter], whatever he can bring to me," Usyk told a post-fight news conference when asked who he wants to fight next.

"But if it were up to me, I probably will pick up the winner of Joshua–Ruiz."

Asked which of the two he would prefer to box, Usyk replied: "I think Joshua."

Joshua – like Usyk a London 2012 Olympic gold medallist – lost his IBF, WBA and WBO titles to Ruiz in a stunning upset defeat earlier this year, with the pair set to square off again in Saudi Arabia in December.

Usyk has been installed as the mandatory challenger for the WBO belt and has no doubts over his capabilities despite limited exposure against the big men.

"I will be getting ready [for the winner of Ruiz v Joshua]. Now I am ready," he told iFL TV.

Hearn is confident he will deliver a title shot for Usyk next, while acknowledging that fight could be for the vacant WBO belt if the Ruiz-Joshua winner chooses to go down a route other than taking on the mercurial Ukrainian.

"You've got to understand, Usyk's next fight is for the heavyweight title," Hearn said to iFL TV.

"It's dangerous for everybody, but isn't that what you want? He won't not let it happen.

"He will fight for the world heavyweight title next, I don't know who that's against but he's in that position.

"He's mandatory challenger for the world heavyweight title. He's not going to let that slip, he's not going to pass on it."

WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who is preparing for his own rematch against Luis Ortiz at the end of next month before another proposed return contest with Tyson Fury, dismissed Usyk as being "too small" to make an impression on the heavyweight division.

"Bring Wilder here," Usyk added. "I will fight him here [in the United States], no problem. He would never come to Ukraine."

Oleksandr Usyk started life in the heavyweight division with a seventh-round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon.

Former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk was making his heavyweight debut in Chicago on Saturday, having made the step up.

Usyk (17-0) was a class above as the Ukrainian forced an exhausted Witherspoon to retire following the seventh round at Wintrust Arena.

Witherspoon was the opponent for Usyk in his first heavyweight fight after replacing Tyrone Spong (14-0) – who was denied a boxing license by the Illinois State Athletic Commission after there were adverse findings in two of his urine tests.

But American Witherspoon (38-4) – the second cousin of former champion Tim – was no match for Usyk as the 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist dominated throughout.

"I was waiting for this moment," Usyk said afterwards. "We had some little difficulties because we have to change opponents.

"I didn't show it to anybody, but I had some bad thoughts float into my head. I just prayed a little bit, I asked Him to help me and it looks like he helped me."

Usyk added: "I did what my trainer told me to do. I just followed orders. We had a plan and the plan was to box and I did box. If there was an opportunity, I would use that opportunity."

It was Usyk's first bout in almost a year following the 32-year-old's victory over Tony Bellew at cruiserweight in November 2018.

"There is a little bit of difference, but I used to fight as a heavyweight [as an amateur]. But yes, it was different," Usyk said.

"I am ready, I am ready to fight whoever. If they give me the mandatory [title shot] then of course I am ready to take it."

Dmitry Bivol defended his WBA light-heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Lenin Castillo.

Bivol was too good for Castillo in Chicago, where the judges scored the fight 120-107, 119-108 and 119-108 in favour of the Russian.

In the co-main event prior to Oleksandr Usyk's showdown against Chazz Witherspoon, Bivol comfortably eased past his opponent on Saturday.

Bivol dropped Castillo (20-3-1) to the canvas in the sixth round and he continued to outbox the Dominican fighter for the remainder of the bout.

The 28-year-old Bivol improved to 17-0 with 11 knockouts following the 12-round domination at Wintrust Arena.

Josh Warrington overwhelmed French challenger Sofiane Takoucht with a second-round stoppage win in Leeds, and the IBF featherweight champion vowed he is ready for all-comers.

Warrington was on top from the early moments of the fight at Leeds Arena on Saturday, thrilling his noisy home crowd with a strong start before bringing out his biggest punches.

He sent Takoucht to the canvas twice in round two before a flurry of shots left the Frenchman in deep trouble, forcing the referee to step in and bring the contest to an early conclusion.

The 30th win of Warrington's career was another demonstration of the unbeaten Englishman's prowess, and now he is targeting another belt, which could mean he fights China's Can Xu in 2020, possibly at Elland Road.

WBO champion Oscar Valdez is moving up a division, so can be crossed off the list of potential opponents, and WBA super champion Leo Santa Cruz is going the same way.

Assessing his options, Warrington mentioned Valdez and Santa Cruz but said: "They've moved on. [WBC champion] Gary Russell Jr is kicking about. There's Can Xu, who's the WBA regular champion; he might get promoted to super champion. Shakur Stevenson's going to be fighting for WBO, so I'm leaving my options open and if anyone wants it, I'm here."

Asked about Can, Warrington said: "He's a fantastic champion. Gary Russell Jr only comes out once a year, but if Can Xu wants a fight, here I am."

Warrington insisted it would not be a problem to venture overseas, despite Leeds Arena becoming a regular venue for his big fights.

"Everyone's got their passports at the ready," Warrington told BT Sport.

But home comforts could again appeal to the 28-year-old Yorkshireman, who beat Lee Selby to land his current belt at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium last year.

"We made history at Elland Road, Leeds' first ever world champion," Warrington said. "It'd be nice to be Leeds' first unified world champion at Elland Road, then after that we'll go travelling all over, we'll go on tour."

Deontay Wilder says Oleksandr Usyk is "no threat" to him as the Ukrainian is "too small" to be a major heavyweight force.

Cruiserweight king Usyk will face Chazz Witherspoon in his first heavyweight fight in Chicago on Saturday.

Usyk this week stated a bout with Wilder is the one he wants most, but the WBC champion does not believe the 32-year-old is big enough to ruffle feathers in the heavyweight division.

"He's not a threat to me," the American told Sky Sports. "He's too small for me. He does a lot of movement but that doesn't faze me."

Wilder warned his rivals he is becoming a better fighter as he prepares to face Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on November 23, with a rematch against Tyson Fury potentially to come next February.

When asked who his biggest threat is, Wilder said: "Myself. I have something that I've been blessed with. It lasts from the first to the 12th - it never goes away.

"People may think I'm fatigued or out of it but, if you get hit, there are repercussions to be paid. It's amazing because I don't even know the strength of my own power.

"I hold my fiancee's hand and she says, 'Baby, you're squeezing me too tight'. I am very heavy-handed.

"I'm only getting better with my technique. One thing, out of everything, that I've been working on is my technique. From point A to point B with speed.

"The speed is the power but I already have the power. So when all that comes together, when lightning and power transfers from point A to point B? Bam, baby. Goodnight."

Tyson Fury will be back in the ring this month, but rather than it being the latest step in his bid for heavyweight supremacy, it will be to settle a score with WWE superstar Braun Strowman.

Fury will face Strowman at pay-per-view event Crown Jewel, WWE confirmed on Friday.

Lineal heavyweight champion Fury jumped out of the crowd during a Strowman match on Smackdown last week. He was then given an 'open mic' on Monday night Raw and was involved in a brawl with Strowman before multiple wrestlers intervened to keep them apart.

Their feud will be settled on October 31 in Saudi Arabia, where Brock Lesnar will meet former MMA foe Cain Velasquez, who defeated him for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 121 in 2010.

Velasquez has retired from MMA and signed a multi-year deal with WWE.

Fury has said previously he could be interested in a move to WWE, telling the Dave Allen podcast in 2017 he would consider it.

Speaking after the announcement of the fight, Fury said: "It's something I've always dreamed of, lifelong WWE fan, it's a fantastic opportunity for me to be here.

"I just want to say how excited I am to be fighting the monster among men Braun Strowman. After seeing him I really know why he's got the nickname the monster among men.

"But me being the undefeated lineal heavyweight boxing champion, I fear no man. I'm undefeated in 30 professional contests, and when I go Saudi Arabia to fight Braun Strowman I'm still going to be undefeated, because I'm going to knock Braun Strowman out.

"He talks about how good his hands are, but he's messing with a guy whose got the best hands in boxing. He don't want none of them hands, let me tell you that."

He holds a 29-0-1 record in professional boxing and is reportedly set to face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a rematch in February, the pair having battled to a thrilling draw last December.

Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. is expected to make a full recovery from a single-car accident, according to a statement from Premier Boxing on Thursday.

Spence was injured in the early hours of Thursday morning and had been taken to the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital.

Dallas Police confirmed the 29-year-old, who they said was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was expected to live but the cause of the accident is undetermined.

Premier Boxing released a statement on Thursday to confirm Spence was stable and did not break any bones, but has some facial lacerations.


"He is expected to make a full recovery and is resting with his family by his side," the statement read.

"The Spence’s want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and are extremely grateful to the Dallas first responders who rushed to the scene and the doctors who are taking care of him."

Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr has been taken to the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital following a car crash in the city.

Spence, who holds the IBF and WBC belts, was injured in the early hours of Thursday morning while driving a white Ferrari, which was pictured with significant damage.

Dallas Police confirmed the 29-year-old, who they said was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, had been hospitalised but was "expected to live".

A statement from Dallas Police said: "On October 10, 2019, at 2:53 a.m., a white Ferrari was travelling at a high rate of speed northbound in the 500 block S. Riverfront Boulevard. The Ferrari veered left over the centre median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.

"The driver, Errol Spence, Jr., 29-years-old, was taken to an area hospital where he remains in ICU. He is expected to live. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time."

In September, the unbeaten Spence defeated Shawn Porter by split decision in Los Angeles to defend his IBF title and also claim the WBC strap.

Porter was among those to wish his welterweight rival well, posting on Twitter: "My dad always tells me, 'This boxing thing is a part of your life but it's not going to last forever. You still have a lot of life to live after that'.

"With that, I'm praying for @ErrolSpenceJr and his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly and fully."

WBO champion Terence Crawford has been involved in a public back-and-forth with Spence concerning a potential unification bout, but he sent his best wishes on Thursday.

"Praying for you champ, @ErrolSpenceJr," he wrote on his own social media page. "Get well. We fighters - I know you will."

Kell Brook, who was dethroned as IBF champion by Spence in 2017, posted his own message, writing: "Get well soon champ! Thoughts are with you and wishing you a full and speedy recovery."

Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in the sport's history, tweeted: "Praying for @ErrolSpenceJr.."

Shawn Porter and Terence Crawford have wished welterweight rival Errol Spence Jr well amid reports the IBF and WBC champion has been involved in a serious car crash.

Spence, who successfully defended his belts in a thrilling showdown with Porter in Los Angeles last month, was said to have been taken to hospital following the incident in Dallas on Thursday.

A widely reported statement from authorities appeared to confirm further details, with an unnamed driver ejected from a Ferrari as it veered over the central reservation of a dual carriageway while travelling at high speed.

Premier Boxing Champions, who represent Spence, are yet to confirm the 29-year-old was the person involved.

Omnisport has contacted PBC and the Dallas Police Department for comment.

Porter posted on Twitter: "My dad always tells me, 'This boxing thing is a part of your life but it's not going to last forever. You still have a lot of life to live after that'.

"With that, I'm praying for @ErrolSpenceJr and his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly and fully."

WBC king Crawford has been involved in a public back-and-forth with Spence concerning a potential unification bout, but he sent his best wishes on Thursday.

"Praying for you champ, @ErrolSpenceJr," he wrote on his own social media page. "Get well. We fighters - I know you will."

Kell Brook, who was dethroned as IBF champion by Spence in 2017, posted his own message, writing: "Get well soon champ! Thoughts are with you and wishing you a full and speedy recovery."

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