WBC heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder has been dealt a blow outside the ring during a time in his career where everything appears to be going from strength to strength.
Wilder is currently in negotiations to face unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz next in 2018 but a minor set back happened to the big hitting man from Alabama outside the ring this week.
According to Fox Sports, Wilder was found guilty of a misdemeanor marijuana possession and he has been sentenced to 60 hours of community service as a consequence. Avoiding jail time.
However Wilder also reportedly received a suspended sentence of 30 days and two years of probation.
While this news won’t directly affect his career, it can’t be a positive one for him either.
As the time it will take to serve out the community service and probation alone will take away from his time in the boxing gym, ultimately.
Wilder experienced a very stressful 2017 where multiple opponents fell out due to failed drugs tests before proposed dates.
Alas, he managed to salvage the year with a quick blitzing over Bermane Stiverne in a rematch that took place in New York.
Wilder has been eyeing the big fights this year and has been out there promoting himself in many different outlets, hell-bent on landing big fights against the likes of Anthony Joshua and others.
Wilder who is an Olympic Bronze medallist, is still unbeaten as a professional and has one of the highest knockout ratios in all of boxing.
Should the Luiz Ortiz fight happen like many are expecting it to in April or May, and Wilder were to get past the tricky Cuban, it is thought that a mega fight with Britain’s Anthony Joshua fight could happen later in 2018.
Lets hope the above news doesn’t put Wilder off too much in what is a positive time in his career at the moment.