ROLANDO ROMERO claimed he spent more money on sparring than he earned for his fights – after knocking out too many people in the gym.
The unbeaten American, who fights Gervonta Davis on Saturday, did not have a massive amateur background, having just 35 bouts.
He instead made a name for himself in Floyd Mayweather's Las Vegas gym, where he treated sparring sessions like world title fights.
It caught the attention of Mayweather, who in 2016 alongside right-hand man Leonard Ellerbe signed Romero.
But after continuing to brutalise sparring partners and sharing the evidence online, the boxer found himself out of pocket.
Romero, 26, told SunSport: “I didn’t care who they were, I just went in there and beat the f*** out of them.
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“I’ve calmed down a lot, because it started to get expensive for me. No one would spar me, so I had to start paying.
“Then I was paying more money to spar then I was making to fight, so I was like, ‘OK, maybe there’s a little problem with that’.
“I was like, man from the end of 2015 all the way to August 2018, I was just going in there and my only goal was to beat the f*** out of you, knock you out.
“That was my only goal, every time I got in the ring, I didn’t care about anything.
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"That was when I was posting literally every single knockout video.
“Honestly, I found it funny and then Leonard called me and said, ‘Ay, we can’t get you fights, you need to stop doing this’.
“I was like, ‘OK Leonard’. Two days later, I post another video of me knocking people out. But now, I don’t post as much as I used to.”
Under Mayweather Promotions, Romero is 14-0 and stands as one of the most outspoken fighters in the world.
But with 12 KOs he is backing up those brash words with his heavy hands and plots to reign over every single one of his rivals.
He said: "I want to be the champ, I want to be the best fighter in the world and of my era.
"I can’t say the best of all time, because there’s so many options.
“There’s Sugar Ray Robinson, there’s Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, there's Floyd.
“And I can’t fight any of those people – but I sure can beat the f*** out of everybody in my era.
"That’s the motivation. I want to become the best fighter in my era.”
Romero gets his shot at the big time in New York against long-time rival Davis, 27, who is defending his WBA 'Regular' lightweight title.
The pair were set to fight in December but Romero was pulled out after being levelled with sexual assault allegations.
He vehemently denied the accusations.
And following an investigation, the unbeaten fighter faced no charges as the allegations could not be substantiated.
It meant he got a second shot at Davis, who along with one other unnamed foe remains at the top of Romero's hit-list.
He said: “He’s the motherf***er I like the least in this sport. Well, there is one other guy I can’t f***ing stand.
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"There’s two people I just want to go up to and bitch slap. But I don’t want to talk about them right now.
“But Tank, we have this fight and I’m going to knock him the f*** out and become a star. He has what I want.”
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