The former unified welterweight champion was stopped in round nine as Crawford became the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. Spence was dropped three times in the whole fight as he struggled to impose his size and strength on Crawford. Following the fight, Spence made no excuses for his loss as suggestions emerged he struggled to make the 147 limit. But now Spence’s surgery shows there was a long-term issue.
“Had successful cataract surgery today! That explains why I got hit with so many jabs and hooks lately and have been overdue since before the Crawford fight. Still a great performance by Bro. No more excuses after this fight, though. The champ is back!” Source: Spence Reveals Cataract Surgery,” Spence said
A rematch with Crawford is in the works after Spence exercised his rematch clause. The fight could take place at 154 pounds, which Spence preferred. The news of his surgery will play into the narrative that Spence was not fully healthy going into the fight, thus the need to run things back. But that all depends on if Spence is fully healthy following the surgery. The boxer did admit that he was not keeping himself disciplined outside of the ring.
“All that said you can kill the retire s*** tho. Yea I got my a** beat s*** was past due I didn’t live exactly like a boxer for the most part lol,” Spence said
He won't be seeing punches coming
— Ramesh Saxena (@Docktus_) January 8, 2024
Bros been having it rough lately
— Versah🐺🇦🇱 (@Versahofficial) January 8, 2024
Great talent but he needs to retire
— 𝓙𝓟 (@JP__34) January 8, 2024