Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder attended the Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. Unfortunate for him his name is in the boxing media for reasons non-boxing related. Wilder is best known for winning the bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He subsequently took the nickname “Bronze Bomber.”
Wilder, 27, was charged with domestic violence/strangulation at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino early Saturday morning. Details aren’t all completely out but his attorney Paul Patterson issued a statement on the Incident.
“Deontay Wilder thought that the person he is accused of assaulting at a Las Vegas hotel was stealing from him”, his attorney Paul Patterson said Wednesday.
“Deontay instinctively acted under the false impression that someone was stealing from him,” Patterson said today. “That wasn’t the case. He regrets his actions. He is extremely regretful because this is not consistent with his reputation.”
“He and the victim have spoken about this and the victim has accepted his apology. We hope this matter will be brought to a resolution soon.”
The Tuscaloosa News reports Wilder was held in the Clark County Detention Center before posting $15,000 bail.
The Daily Mail reports Wilder appeared in court on Monday and a hearing in the case is scheduled for July 3.
Frank Warren also states that Wilder is in line to face Derek Chisora on June 15th.