Shocker: World champ Deontay Wilder charged with marijuana possession, released on bond
WBC heavyweight ruler Deontay Wilder has been arrested by Tuscaloosa Police for marijuana possession during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday.
The 32 year-old, who is undefeated with 37 stoppages from 38 wins, was booked for second-degree possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and was later released on bond of $1,000.
Wilder’s acting attorney Paul Patterson said the amount of marijuana was minimal and didn’t belong to big-punching champion.
Patterson also pointed out that someone else had used Wilder’s vehicle while he was out of town and the drug must have been left behind.
“Deontay has been out-of-state for several days,” Patterson told Tuscaloosa News.
“He returned home today from Georgia driving his Rolls Royce and selected his Cadillac Escalade from his fleet of vehicles to run errands.
“A small amount of marijuana was detected in the vehicle and Officer Roach arrested Mr. Wilder for misdemeanor possession,” he confirmed.
According to Patterson’s further information, Wilder was stopped at McFarland Mall parking lot on Skyland Boulevard at 4pm in the afternoon for what was only supposed to be an initial window tint violation.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is currently in the process of arranging his next title defense, with WBC number one Bermane Stiverne stipulated to be the challenger.
Reports in the US and New Zealand have revealed Wilder is in talks for a possible unification with Joseph Parker, although special dispensation would be needed from the World Boxing Council and WBO (Parker’s title authority) in order to make that match-up.
Like Wilder, Parker has a mandatory in Briton Hughie Fury.