ERROL SPENCE JR said his life-threatening car crash forced him to change his ways as he was "headed down that path to destruction".
The unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion was involved in a horror high-speed crash in October as his his Ferrari flipped while the boxer was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt.
Spence somehow came out unscathed but was hit with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and was later blasted after boasting that he was a "savage" for surviving the crash.
But the unbeaten 30-year-old has now opened up about how the near miss has changed his perspective on life, and admits he is lucky to still be alive.
He told Showtime: "Around that time, I was taking a lot of stuff for granted.
"I think I was headed down that way anyway. I was headed down that path to destruction anyway. I was taking a lot of stuff for granted. It was showing.
"I was already heading to destruction I think and that car accident was eye-opening for me.
“I don’t even remember being in the hospital. The only thing I remember is being at home, three weeks later.
"I didn’t break any bones, no fractures, no anything… I should’ve lost my life that night.”
Spence's crash prevented ex-champion Danny Garcia – who confronted Spence in the ring after he beat Shawn Porter – from challenging for the 147lb titles with the pair originally set to fight in January.
The Texan had aimed for a summer return for the ring, but the coronavirus pandemic threatens to KO those plans.
Still feeling the affects of his crash, Spence is currently ruled out of sparring, but continues to train during the crisis as he bids to make up for lost time.
He said: “This pandemic really been helping me out a lot. Basically recovery, taking my time and getting back.
"I’m already back, I’m 100 per cent – no restrictions in my training except sparring. I can’t spar yet because I got my teeth knocked out and they put three posts in my mouth.
"Once they heal, I get my permanent teeth and then I’ll be able to spar.”
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