American world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been ordered on Thursday to complete 60 hours of community service.
The American international, who last fought in November when he beat Haitian-Canadian Bermane Stiverne with a first-round knockout to retain his WBC heavyweight title, was found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession and was arrested in Alabama last June.
The 32-year-old, Wilder, who received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation, was ordered to perform the community service at a local YMCA.
“We respect the court’s ruling. Of course we were hoping a dismissal would be granted,” Wilder’s lawyer, Paul Patterson, said in a phone interview. “We are going to look at our options of appellate relief and then move on from there.”
“All in all it’s a lesson learned for Mr. Wilder not to leave his many vehicles in the care and custody of numerous people or allow them to use them while he is out of town,” said Patterson.
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