Deontay Wilder was detained by Los Angeles police officers in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a routine traffic stop.
The heavyweight boxing icon was traveling in his Rolls Royce when he was pulled over by local authorities for tinted windows and an obstructed license plate. After detecting the smell of “burnt marijuana,” officers searched the vehicle and found not only the suspected substance but also a 9mm handgun in the vehicle. Wilder was taken into custody for the alleged possession of a concealed weapon. TMZ was the first to report the arrest.
Wilder, who was said to have been polite and cooperative through the procedure, posted bond and was released at 6:34 a.m. local time. Hours after his release, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ addressed the arrest on Twitter.
“I’d rather be safe than sorry. The End,” Wilder tweeted.
I’d rather be safe than sorry. The End 🙏🏿
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 2, 2023
Deontay Wilder Tied to Showdown with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia
Deontay Wilder has been tied to multiple potential opponents as of late. He was once expected to welcome former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou into the squared circle, but it appears that ship has sailed for the time being. Since then, the 43-2 boxer has been tied to a December clash with another heavyweight standout, Anthony Joshua. In a video clip online, Joshua revealed that a bout with Wilder was in the works for the end of the year.
“That’s what’s happening. You know what’s going on. We’re getting it down,” Joshua said. “We’re throwing it down in December. God willing.”
The two fighters have been linked to a bout both in London and in the United States, but recent reports suggest that the two men will do battle in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Tyson Fury rumored to appear on the same card opposite Oleksandr Usyk. British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn added some fuel to the fire, revealing a recent trip that he had made to the Middle Eastern country.
‼️ Anthony Joshua on fighting Deontay Wilder: "That's what's happening. It's public news, we're throwing it down in December."
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— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 28, 2023