A municipal court judge has sentenced WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to 60 hours of community service for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Judge Ricky McKinney found Wilder, 32, 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.
Wilder, an Olympic bronze medalist in 2008, is 39-0 with 38 knockouts as a pro. He is slated to defend his title on March 3rd, against Cuabn slugger Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
IN OTHER NEWS: World champion Jerwin Ancajas, born with the power of Manny Pacquiao, runs for miles on jungle-like mountain paths three hours from Metro Manilla.
He trains at his Camp Survival on a ring with a blue MP Promotions tarp over the top of cement blocks on the dirt.
"I fight for the glory of the Philippines," Ancajas said. "Manny helps me. He talks to me."
"Jerwin is very, very exciting. He can really punch too," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank
Ancajas is making his way to the USA. He will first be in Los Angeles and will shake out there on Friday, January 26. Then he proceeds to Corpus Christi, Texas for Top Rank's fight week.
Jerwin Ancajas, 26-1-1, 18 KOs, defends his IBF world junior bantamweight title vs challenger Israel Gonzalez, 20-1, 8 KOs, of Mexico, on a Top Rank/ESPN
title card on Feb 3 at the American Bank Center. World Champion Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez, 36-0, 24 KOs, of Matzatlan, defends vs challenger Habib Ahmed, 22-0-1, 17 KOs, of Accra, Ghana.