The trainer of undefeated heavyweight prospect Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder confirmed that the fighter was a arrested on Saturday, May 4, in Las Vegas and released from the Clark County Detention Center.
According to Clark County Detention Center records, Wilder was held on domestic battery by strangulation, and released on a $15,000 bond.
“The only thing that I can say is that I wasn’t there, and I haven’t had a chance to go over with Deontay what happened, other than I know that he was arrested and know what the charges and stuff are, but I don’t know any details,” said Jay Deas.
“I’m expecting that I will be talking to Deontay and trying to figure out exactly what the situation was and what happened sometime here shortly. Right now, I just don’t have any information or any details or anything. He’s home. He’s back here now (Alabama). I just haven’t had a chance to go over everything with him.”
Deas said Wilder (28-0, 28 knockouts), a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, was in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight.
“I know that he went there for the Floyd Mayweather fight. That’s what he was doing out there,” said Deas. “My understanding is that it was at a hotel, although I don’t know which one he was staying in or what happened.”
Wilder, a 6-foot-7, 27-year-old puncher from Tuscaloosa, Ala., is considered perhaps America’s No. 1 heavyweight prospect. He is coming off last month’s first-round stoppage of southpaw 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison.
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