Deontay Wilder, a World heavyweight champion, has been handed a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation for drug possession. The 32-year-old American was found with marijuana in Alabama last June. He was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service on Thursday after he was found guilty.
His lawyer, Paul Patterson, has said that his client will appeal the sentence. He claimed his client had been away in Georgia with his Rolls Royce and only used his Cadillac Escalade, which he was arrested in after officers smelled marijuana coming from the inside, to run an errand on his return. He said the marijuana did not belong to him, claiming the car, which is tinted beyond legal limit, was accessible to his family and friends.
Wilder, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is scheduled to defend his title on March 3 against Cuban Luis Ortiz. The Bronze Bomber also hopes to meet Britain’s WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua later this year.