WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder took to social media to extend his sincere apology to the person in the mascot suit he leveled on ESPN Nacion. The clip went viral when several reports surfaced that the punch wound up breaking the jaw of the person in the costume, although ESPN has since confirmed that despite those initial reports the individual was not injured during the segment. Wilder said he was sorry anyway.
“I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured [if this is true],” Wilder wrote on Instagram. “I have the up most high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.
“If this is true @nacionespn I personally would like to invite him to my Dec.1 fight.”
Wilder also denied the reports that he was supposedly unaware that there was an actual person inside of the costume, which only made the initial story that much more hilarious. The heavyweight titleholder is currently scheduled to take on Tyson Fury on a Dec. 1 Showtime PPV event.