Deontay Wilder On Gun Possession Charge: “I’d Rather Be Safe Than Sorry”

Wilder Speaks on Concealed Weapons Charge

Deontay Wilder speaks on gun charge arrest
Deontay Wilder | credit: Neville Elder/Getty Images

Deontay Wilder Charged With Possession of a Concealed Weapon

Deontay “Bomb Squad” Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) has found himself in a bit of trouble. has learned that the former WBC heavyweight champion was arrested for a gun charge. In an attempt to justify his actions, Wilder took social media with message to the fans.

Deontay Wilder responds to news of his arrest


According to TMZ Sports, Wilder was pulled over in Los Angeles, California after local authorities say that the 37-year-old was driving in a vehicle that was illegally tinted and had the license plate blocked.

LAPD claimed they smelled what appeared to be marijuana coming from Wilder’s vehicle. They subsequently found marijuana as well as a 9mm pistol following a search of his vehicle. It was at this point that Wilder was arrested, booked, and charged with possession of a concealed weapon. The fighter was released on bond earlier this morning.

Deontay Wilder has been inactive since a first-round knockout over Robert Helenius in October 2022. Word on the street is that the Alabama native is currently in negotiations to face two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua in December of this year. It is unknown if this arrest will have any impact on his rumored bout against Joshua. Stay tuned to for further updates.

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