By Miguel Rivera
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that his organization will fully support their heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, after the recent court ruling that the undefeated fighter received for possession of marijuana.
Sulaiman makes it known that there won't be any kind of punishment for Wilder from the WBC.
According to numerous reports, a municipal court judge sentenced Wilder to 60 hours of community service for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Judge Ricky McKinney found Wilder guilty Thursday and ordered him to perform the community service at a local YMCA. Wilder received a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of probation.
Wilder was arrested in Tuscaloosa in June after police found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade. He was initially stopped for a window tint violation.
Officers searched the car after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle's console.
Attorney Paul Patterson has said the marijuana didn't belong to Wilder. Patterson says the boxer had just returned from a trip and others had access to the Escalade.
Despite the ruling, Sulaiman believes the boxer is 100% innocent of the charge. He feels the court never proved that the marijuana was in Wilder's personal possession.
"Wilder is a boxer who has always shown himself to be clean and continuously fighting for boxing to be a clean sport. The World Boxing Council supports him unconditionally and the court's opinion is clear that he is not guilty, since it was proven that it was not in his possession," said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.
On Friday, it was confirmed that Wilder (39-0, 38 KO's) will make a voluntary defense of his world title against undefeated Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KO's) on March 3rd, in a Showtime televised contest. Their fight was initially scheduled for last November, but got pushed back after Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will go on sale on January 16 with prices starting at $50.