WBC Stands By Wilder Over Pot Case
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman, made it known that he and the entire governing body will stand by heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, after the recent court ruling that the undefeated fighter received for possession of marijuana.
Sulaiman also stated that the WBC will not hand down a punishment for Wilder.
A municipal court judge sentenced Wilder to 60 hours of community service for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Judge Ricky McKinney found Wilder guilty Thursday for hold the crime of possession,and was ordered him to perform his community service at a local YMCA. Wilder received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation.
Wilder was arrested in Tuscaloosa in June after police found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. He was initially stopped for a window tint violation.
Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle’s console.
Wilder’s attorney, Paul Patterson maintains the claim that the marijuana did not belong to his client. Patterson also contends that Wilder had just returned from a trip and others had access to the Escalade.
Despite the ruling, Sulaiman believes the boxer is 100% innocent of the charge. He feels the court never proved that the marijuana was in Wilder’s personal possession.
“Wilder is a boxer who has always shown himself to be clean and continuously fighting for boxing to be a clean sport. The World Boxing Council supports him unconditionally and the court’s opinion is clear that he is not guilty, since it was proven that it was not in his possession,” said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.
With Sulaiman and the WBC standing by Wilder, it will in no way impede his voluntary defense of his world title against undefeated Luis Ortiz set for March 3rd at Barclays Center. Their fight was initially scheduled for last November, but got pushed back after Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test.