Boxing champion Wilder charged with marijuana possession

Deontay Wilder punches Artur Szpilka of Poland during the first round of a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday Jan. 16 2016 in New York

Deontay Wilder punches Artur Szpilka of Poland during the first round of a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday Jan. 16 2016 in New York

Heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder was arrested in Tuscaloosa Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to a report from the Tuscaloosa News.

Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement they arrested Wilder on Wednesday after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade.

Tuscaloosa Police in Alabama said he was initially pulled over while driving for a "window tint violation".

The WBC heavyweight champion was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor, and was later released on bond of $1,000 (£783.50).

The American fighter's acting attorney Paul Patterson said the amount of marijuana was minimal and didn't belong to Wilder himself.

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Back in 2013 in Las Vegas, during the fight weekend for Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero, Wilder was arrested for a felony count of domestic violence after getting in a physical altercation with a woman.

He went on to say Wilder consented to the search because he didn't know there were any drugs in it.

"Deontay instinctively acted under the false impression that someone was stealing from him", Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News. He regrets his actions. He and the victim have spoken about this and the victim has accepted his apology.

It remains to be seen however if this minor legal matter and more importantly the negative press it brings with it, will upset the conversation of a fight between the two champions.

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