Spence: “Had To Get Cataract Surgery; Shit Was Covering My Eye”

Questions Surround Errol Spence's Boxing Future

Errol Spence recovering from eye surgery
Errol Spence recovering from eye surgery | credit: IMAGO, Instagram

Errol Spence Opens the Door for Concerns After Eye Surgery


The injury bug has come up once again to bite former unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (28-1, 22 KOs). Now, worries are being raised about whether it’s time for him to contemplate whether he should continue fighting after he revealed a recent eye surgery.

Out of the ring since a ninth-round stoppage loss to Terence Crawford in July 2023, Spence went on social media to reveal that he underwent cataract surgery over his left eye. The news has spread like wildfire and is a hot topic throughout the boxing community.

During the lead-up to the showdown with Crawford for the undisputed welterweight title, The Truth insisted that he was one hundred percent. But now he said his right eye was a problem during training and played a role in his performance.

A TROUBLING PATTERN

It’s the second eye surgery for the 33-year-old native of Desoto, Texas. In August 2021, Spence suffered a detached retina in his left eye that caused him to cancel a unification matchup with Manny Pacquiao.

Spence said that the cataract surgery was a success. He plans to fight an immediate rematch with the now undisputed welterweight champion Crawford, which will likely occur later this year. But is that a wise move?

Injuries are nothing new to this sport. However, when a fighter suffers multiple surgical procedures to their eyes during their career, it’s cause for pause. That’s the issue for Spence presently. Spence has made plenty of money and has invested wisely outside the ring. If he continues to suffer from eye issues, it will take a toll on him long-term.

Following the setback against Crawford, a segment of the boxing community has speculated Spence is no longer the fighter of his younger days. This latest development suggests that The Truth is breaking down physically. It may be time for him and his camp to talk seriously about how long he wants to fight. At this rate, Spence doesn’t have too many years left in this sport.

**The image in the attachment is that of Spence following his eye surgery. Image is courtesy of Spence’s Instagram story (@errolspencejr)

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