Scouse African Zolani Tete said he used the purse from his World Title fight against Paul Butler in 2015 to buy his mum a prosthetic leg.
The slick southpaw, originally from South Africa and now fighting out of his “second home” of Liverpool, looks to win an eighth fight in a row this Saturday night live on BoxNation when he faces Victor Ruiz for the IBF International Bantamweight Title.
“I’ve got my mother back at home who got her leg amputated three years back. I decided I should buy her the prosthetic leg, and eventually that’s what I did,” said Tete to iFL TV’s James Helder.
“I fulfilled one of my dreams: to get my mum the leg. She’s amazing to me. She’s the best gift I ever got from god.”
Tete also spoke about the pride he feels in his adopted homeland of Liverpool before he fights at the City’s Echo Arena for the third time this Saturday night.
“It’s amazing. I feel at home when I’m here. It’s now my second home, officially, and I’m looking forward to my next fight and even more fights that I’m going to do here in Liverpool,” said Tete.
“I think I announced myself when I fought Paul [Butler]. We knew Paul is a good fighter, so we prepared very well for him. I came here, did my thing and won the fight, and I took the fans with me.
“I think that’s amazing for an African fighter to come and fight here, and then win fans.”
The 28-year-old also believes that he’ll become a two-weight World Champion under the guidance of promoter Frank Warren after winning the IBF World Super-Flyweight crown in 2014.
“Frank Warren is one of the best promoters in the world. He’s one of the guys who changes your dreams, takes you from nowhere to somewhere, and I believe that’s what he’s going to do for me.
“I’m looking forward to becoming a World Champion, maybe in my next fight or two fights. I’ll be a World Champion because of Frank Warren.”
Watch the full interview with charismatic Tete below: