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Deontay Wilder has finally responded after he delivered a devastating punch to a mascot on a TV show recently.
The 32-year-old American appeared on Nación ESPN to promote his eagerly-anticipated bout with Tyson Fury and somehow ended up knocking out the show's mascot, which is basically just a giant tortilla with a sombrero hat on.
At first, it was widely reported the shot was so hard that it actually broke the man's jaw - in addition to there being talk that the reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion didn't know there was someone inside the costume.
Deontay Wilder was asked to show off his punching power by hitting a mascot...- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) October 13, 2018
He didn't realise a real human was inside the costume :see_no_evil:
Someone's jaw has been broke :flushed:
:video_camera: ESPN pic.twitter.com/dc5egKGJJ5
@BronzeBomber recently appeared on the @ESPN show 'Nacion' to promote his upcoming fight against @Tyson_Fury, and part of his appearance included a scene with a giant mascot tortilla in a sombrero. pic.twitter.com/xhctDNOD4T- Ed Namrok (@ednamrok) October 12, 2018
The footage went completely viral and has now led to Wilder giving his take on the incident on his official Twitter account.
Wilder completely refuted the claims that he was not aware someone was playing the mascot, apologised to the man he walloped and even invited him to his Los Angeles fight with Fury on December 1.
"Anything headlining I didn't know a "human being" was in there is just straight "click baiting" like come on now," the Bronze Bomber wrote in his post, which was obviously constructed on 'Notes' on his iPhone.
"I guess the mascot rolled out there. Show so [sic] respect!
"I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured (if this is true) I have the up most [sic] high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.
"If this is true I personally would like to invite him to my Dec 1 fight. Word is bond."
Showtime Boxing later confirmed that the chap did not suffer any serious injuries from the blow but we reckon he should be ringside at the Staples Center just for being a good sport.
Maybe Wilder should even let him carry his belt to the ring. Just a suggestion...
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