Deontay Wilder shocked TV viewers on Friday night as he flaunted a bazooka and pulled out a golden pistol from his pants during an interview in BT Sport’s No Filter Boxing programme.
The American, who will defend his WBC world heavyweight title in a blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury on December 1, revealed that shooting weapons is a favourite pastime of his away from the ring and opened up on his large collection.
Wilder told BT Sport: ‘I don’t need police or anybody coming into my house. You can buy anything, I don’t know about legally but you can buy anything you want.
Deontay Wilder astonishingly showed off a huge bazooka during an interview with BT Sport
The world heavyweight champion also pulled out a custom-made golden pistol from his pants
‘I usually go to a range, I mean I’m about to build one, a whole course. I’ve got a whole bunch of different ones [pulls out golden pistol]. This is custom, my 50KL, I’ve got another one as well.
‘When you shoot it it’s crazy. When I first shot it I put it down for like a week before picking it back up because I was like “hell no”, it was too much power. It was a hell of a lot of power.
‘I used to do shooting all the time like every weekend. It’s therapeutic for sure. I used to clean all of them and break them down and all that stuff. I have got bullet-proof vests as well, I’ve got enough for an army.’
The American said shooting weapons is a favourite pastime of his away from the ring
Wilder also revealed he had to put the pistol down for a week after shooting it for the first time
Wilder poses with a water pistol after doing an interview to promote his fight with Tyson Fury
Wilder, who is in the midst of his preparations for Fury, is a complex character and also holds a passion for the performing arts and only started to take boxing seriously as a means of financial gain after his daughter was born with spina bifida — a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.
He is a knockout artist with a perfect record of 40-0 but the self-styled Gypsy King represents his toughest test to date as a professional.
Despite the contest on December 1 only being the third of Fury’s comeback after a two-and-a-half year hiatus amid problems with drugs and depression, the Manchester giant is confident of beating Wilder in his own backyard.
Tyson Fury has been training hard in California ahead of December 1’s world title showdown
The ‘Gypsy King’ is confident of victory and said it would be ‘the fairy-tale ending’ to his story
‘People in America don’t know even know who Deontay Wilder is,’ Fury said. ‘You ask them and they go “who is that?” But you ask them who I am and they go “yeah I know him, he’s Tyson Fury.”
‘The only reason people are talking about this fight being competitive is because I’ve had two-and-half years out and because I ballooned up in weight. If that never happened this would not be competitive for me.
‘The story behind it all is crazy. If I win on December 1 it will be like a movie: a man goes from rag to riches but loses it all in a year and then wins it all back again within a year of his comeback.
‘How great of a story is that? Beating Wilder will be the fairy-tale ending.’