Deontay Wilder has invited the mascot of Nacion ESPN – a Spanish sports channel – to his fight against Tyson Fury in December after allegedly breaking his jaw on live television.
While doing publicity for his upcoming bout against the Gypsy King, the WBC champion was invited to show Spanish network’s mascot just how hard he really hits.
Seemingly, Wilder did not know his own strength and sent him flying in a video that quickly went viral on social media.
This weekend has seen the video re-emerge after it was rumoured the unfortunate victim inside the costume actually suffered a broken jaw, while there were also some reports claiming Wilder didn't actually think the mascot was a person.
Well on Saturday night the heavyweight champion took to Instagram to apologise to the mascot and offered him tickets to attend his upcoming clash with Fury.
"Anything headlining I didn’t know a 'Human Being' was in there is just straight 'Click Baiting'
like come on now, I guess the Mascot rolled out there. show so respect!" he wrote.
"I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured I have the up most high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage. If this is true [that he has been injured] I personally would like to invite him to my Dec 1 fight. Word is bond."
It was later announced by Showtime Boxing that the mascot had not suffered any serious injuries, however.
Wilder and Fury will face each other on December 1 in Los Angeles in what is becoming the most talked-about fight of the year.
Boxing fans had hoped for unification fight between Wilder and Anthony Joshua this year, but with both blaming the other’s camp on a frustrating lack of progress, Wilder took the opportunity to make a fight with the lineal champion, Tyson Fury.
Fury has only had two fights since returning to the ring following a long absence.
After defeating Albanian, Sefer Seferi in four rounds, Fury beat Italian, Francesco Pianeta, on points. There have been doubts as to whether it is sufficient preparation to face a fighter of Wilder’s quality but only time will tell.