— A man who had to spend $150,000 for his “shoe” during a boxing match in the early 2000s said it is the best he’s ever felt.
Brian O’Connor, 63, of Wichita, Kan., had to take out loans and buy a pair of shoes because of the condition of the seats in the ring, but he said it was worth it.
“I didn’t think about the money,” he said.
“I just felt like, wow, I can do this.”
O’Connor said he was the first boxer to wear his own shoes during a fight and has worn them every fight he has participated in since.
“It’s a very special feeling to walk in those shoes, which I love, and have a conversation with my opponent and talk to him,” O’Connors mother said.
Brian says he’s been using his own “shoes” to communicate with his opponent, which he said helps them stay on top of each other.
He says he had to find new shoes for the next two fights in 2001 and 2002, and has never had any issues.
He has not been in any fights since.
O’Connor said he still enjoys the game, but now he just wants to be the best boxer he can be and not have to worry about losing.
He’s been training with boxing coach Mike Trescothick for the past year and a half.