WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder charged with marijuana possession

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Police have confirmed WBC heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder was charged with second-degree marijuana possession on Wednesday after a traffic stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Wilder was charged with misdemeanour possession and duly released on a $1,000 bond. His attorney, Paul Patterson, said the marijuana found in Wilder's SUV did not belong to the boxer.

"Deontay has been out of state for several days," Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News. "He returned home today from Georgia driving his Rolls Royce and selected his Cadillac Escalade from his fleet of vehicles to run errands."

According to police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson, Wilder's SUV was pulled over for a window-tint violation, and Tuscaloosa PD officers said there was an odour of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Wilder gave the police consent to search the Escalade, where they found a small amount of marijuana in the console.

Wilder (38-0, 37 knockouts) hasn't fought since a fifth-round knockout of Gerald Washington on February 25.