Deontay Wilder boasted the costume he wore before his defeat against Tyson Fury would be worth millions once he retires from boxing.
The Bronze Bomber claimed to have spent up to $40,000 on the outfit which weighed 40lbs and subsequently, in his own words, left him with ‘no legs from the beginning of the fight’.
Wilder was knocked to the canvas on two occasions by his opponent before his corner, much to the 34-year-old’s annoyance, threw in the towel during the seventh round.
Despite having been comprehensively outboxed by Fury, Wilder claimed the costume, a nod to black history month, was responsible for his subdued performance and the first loss of his 44-fight professional career.
He told Yahoo Sports: ‘He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me.
‘I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior.
‘It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything.’
Wilder took a different tone before the heavyweight showdown, however, and claimed he was relishing the opportunity to show off his flambouyant side and give his fans ‘something to remember’.
‘My goodness it’s going to be amazing man come Saturday night,’ he told TMZ.
‘One of the promises I made to myself talking to my advisor Al when I got to a certain point in my career I said ‘man I want to give the boxing fans and the world something to remember me by’.
‘Not just the knockouts but bey expressing myself before entering the ring I want people to say they get their money worth from the start to the finish.’
Wilder’s outfit didn’t come cheap, the now former WBC champion claimed to have spent ’40 racks’ on the now infamous suit, but was confident he would more than make his money back once he hangs up his gloves for good.
He added: ‘Man, to spin 40 racks on this costume it better be the best ever.
‘To spend so much money on my costumes, up to 40 grand, I look at it like this, you know I’m a living legend.
‘I’ve got a long way to go, I’ve got a lot to prove to the world. But when I retire or die people always give you your roses, but I’m alive and I want to smell those things now.
‘With that being said, spending money on these costumes whether it’s 10-40 grand, I know that will turn into millions after I get finished because of the things I’ve done in boxing.
‘That’s why I look into perfecting my costumes and try and make it even better than the last time around.’
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