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Wilder Offers Apology Over Mascot, Network Denies Injury

Deontay Wilder has apologised if a punch he landed on a mascot on a television show led to an injury to the person inside the costume.

The WBC heavyweight champion floored the mascot, wearing a sombrero and a moustache, with one punch after apparently being invited to show off his power on the Spanish language Nacion ESPN.

Reports circulated that the recipient of the punch had suffered a broken jaw while Wilder denied he was unaware there was anyone in the costume.

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A contrite Wilder has offered the mascot tickets to his upcoming bout against Tyson Fury on December 1 in Los Angeles.

He wrote in an Instagram post: “Anything headlining I didn’t know a “Human Being” was in there is just straight “Click Baiting” like come on now, I guess the Mascot rolled out there. show some respect!

“I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured (if this is true) I have the up most high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.

“If this is true @nacionespn I personally would like to invite him to my Dec.1 fight. Word Is Bond.”

But the network has actually come out and denied the reports of an injury, which may be a hoax that was created by video posters and then pushed by various unsuspecting media members.

“Reports are innacurate. No injury was caused to the Mascot performer during the Nación ESPN segment,” an ESPN representative told TheWrap Sunday.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 10-15-2018

Charlie Z was in that suit! He was trying to get that Wilder rematch!!

Comment by hugh grant on 10-15-2018

Fury will avenge that attack on mascot

Comment by BigStomps on 10-15-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19194590]so you're like...illiterate?[/QUOTE] And you're like an idiot??

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 10-15-2018

Whether true or not, this is great promotion. Some won't like it, but I guarantee there's thousands of people who are now interested in the fight who weren't before. Not to mention it was funny, keep it coming. Your turn…

Comment by Iron Fister on 10-15-2018

[QUOTE=Phenom;19194460]AJ would've probably TKO that mascot tbf[/QUOTE] AJ would've asked for a commercial break so he could catch his breath before knocking out the mascot

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