Freelance: Deontay Wilder Arrested for Marijuana
One of the biggest names in modern-day boxing, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, the heavyweight (200-plus-pound) champion for the World Boxing Council, was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Wednesday (June 14) for marijuana possession.
The arrest came after Wilder was stopped for a window tint traffic violation. The officers on the scene smelled marijuana in his vehicle, which gave them probable cause for a search.
His attorney, Paul Patterson, said to CBS Sports in an update today (Friday, June 16,) “Deontay has been out-of-state for several days. He returned home today from Georgia driving his Rolls Royce and selected his Cadillac Escalade from his fleet of vehicles to run errands.”
Wilder (38, 37 KO/TKOs) most recently finished Gerald Washington within five rounds back in February by way of TKO. He was cited and released on $1,000 bond. Patterson noted that the marijuana did not belong to his client.
That is all that is known about the situation at this point in time.
In a professional sense, the champion and Tuscaloosa native has been looking for his next bout. He had been hoping to unify boxing’s multiple heavyweight titles but Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) may be his next opponent due to boxing’s mandatory challenge rule. The Hatian-born “B. WARE” is 1-1 as of late after having dropped a unanimous decision to Wilder in January of 2015. He is 5-1 in his last six fights.
As far as a unification bout goes, it would be against the World Boxing Organization’s heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (23-0-0, 18 KOs.) Parker won the gold after a 12-round UD over Razvan Cojanu. British fighter Anthony Joshua has the other major titles in the sport.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas said in May, “The idea being that if Deontay fights Joseph Parker and beats Joseph Parker, he has two belts and Anthony Joshua has the other two belts and you have two guys fighting for all the marbles. I think that's what everybody is after, total unification…
I have not heard where that (Stiverne’s mandatory challenge) is," he continued. "I'm not sure what's going to happen there. My understanding is that a unification would trump a mandatory. When you're trying to do the best thing for the sport, that takes precedent over a mandatory defense. We want the biggest fight possible.”
Deas has three possible host cities in mind should the proposed bout come to fruition: Auckland (in front of a home country crowd for Parker,) New York, and Las Vegas. Other outlets have speculated that a fight against Joshua would be in front on a Joshua-favoring crowd in Wembley Stadium in London, a venue that could hold 90,000 people for the event.
However, Joshua has only been out of the ring for a little over a month after taking on Wladimir Klitschko in a trying bout for the WBA super world heavyweight, IBF world heavyweight, and vacant IBO world heavyweight titles that ended in his favor by way of an 11th-round TKO finish.
Deas expects that “AJ” will climb back in between the ropes by November or so.