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Deontay Wilder found guilty of marijuana possession

The WBC heavyweight champion has been sentenced to 60 hours of community service

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been sentenced to 60 hours of community service for marijuana possession.

The 32-year-old undefeated fighter was found guilty by Judge Ricky McKinney and ordered perform the community service at a local YMCA.

Wilder also received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation.

"The Bronze Bomber" was initially stopped for a window tint violation in his hometown of Tuscaloosa last June. But when officers approached the Boxer's Cadillac Escalade they smelled marijuana, and proceeded to search the vehicle with Wilder's consent.

Wilder was charged with second-degree marijuana possession and received a traffic citation. Wilder was then released after posting $1,000 bond.

Paul Patterson - Wilder's attorney - claimed the marijuana wasn’t his client's, stating the WBC champ had recently been driving his Rolls Royce but switched to his Escalade, which Patterson stated other people sometimes borrowed.

Speaking to when the news originally broke, Patterson said:

"Deontay disputes that the marijuana was his."

“Deontay is upset. He understands he is a role model in this community and state, and looks forward to clearing his name."

Wilder last fought in November, needing only two minutes and 59 seconds to defeat Canadian Bermane Stiverne to defend his WBC heavyweight title bout at the Barclays Center in New York City.

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