Former world heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in a Rolls-Royce, police said.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Wilder was arrested around 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Cahuenga and Sunset Boulevards in Hollywood. The 37-year-old man was released a few hours later on $35,000 bail.
Wilder was pulled over due to window tint on his vehicle and an obstructed license plate, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources.
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The agents who were in the place reported the smell of marijuana, which motivated the search of the vehicle. During the search, authorities said they discovered a 9mm handgun in the luxury vehicle.
Wilder took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon and appeared to respond to the arrest.
«I prefer to be safe than sorry. The end,» he wrote.
Wilder has recently been linked to a possible boxing match against England’s Anthony Joshua.
The boxing champion’s name was also brought up in talks about a potential matchup against UFC heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou.
Wilder, an Alabama native, won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Wilder rose to fame during the him vs. Tyson Fury trilogy, which ran from 2018 to 2021.
Six months ago, Wilder won by knockout against Robert Helenius. In October 2021, Wilder suffered a devastating loss in the highly anticipated heavyweight fight against Tyson Fury.
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It is unclear when Wilder will participate in another fight. He currently has a record of 43-2-1.