Spence underwent the procedure following his loss to Crawford. The defeat meant he missed out on becoming the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era. Spence activated the rematch clause as the date and weight class are still unclear. Spence did not initially make any excuses for the defeat, but he admitted that the cataract was an issue in the fight.
“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
Errol Spence Jr. said he had cataract surgery, putting his rematch with Terence Crawford in doubt. Spence said he wouldn’t retire. The timeline for recovery is typically eight weeks. This follows Spence’s surgery for a detached retina in August 2021:https://t.co/Lhx2dBiBdX
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A rematch with Crawford is no longer for undisputed since Bud was stripped for not defending against Jaron Ennis. Since Spence has already been a unified welterweight champion, belts are no longer the motive. So if the Crawford fight fails, there are no immediate bouts. That will increase the calls on him to retire, but Spence has shut that down.
“Some of y’all forget what this s**t really for until you are thirty-seven and trying to make a comeback for 10& of what you used to make. All that [being] said, you can kill the retire s**t though. Yeah, I got my a** beat, s**t was past due, I didn’t live exactly like a boxer for the most part. LOL,” Spence stated
Spence’s comments have raised scrutiny over the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s conduct and whether he should have been cleared to fight. The Commission came under fire after referee Tony Weeks explained his controversial stoppage in the Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Fredrick Lawson fight. Weeks revealed a scan showed Lawson had an aneurysm before another scan cleared him to fight. Spence’s revelations have now resulted in fellow boxers Kermit Cintron and Ishe Smith speaking out.
“If I were Errol Spence, I would sue his eye doctor. For every fight I’ve had or was scheduled in my career, I always had my eyes examined. No way an eye doctor would have missed the cataract diagnosis. Doesn’t make any sense. Speedy recovery to the Champ,” Cintron
“Eyes exams are mandatory. For a doctor to have missed that, they need to hang up his license. As I have said, they are three places I know that don’t f*** around when it comes to fighters’ health. Las Vegas, California, and New York. Here are Las Vegas’ eye examination forms you have to complete to be licensed in this state. So they said, f*** it, the fight is too big, approve anyway You can’t even get a license to fight in the state of Nevada without having an extensive eye exam that includes the dilation of one’s eyes. But what do I know?,” Smith