Boxing Champ Deontay Wilder Puts on the Gloves to Teach Harasser a Lesson

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

When a man decides to run his mouth, he better be prepared to face the consequences. 

Boxing champ Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title, had been getting harassed by wannabe boxer Charlie Zelenoff for years.

Zelenoff berated Wilder through phone calls, texts and social media, and even threatened his daughter. As Wilder told TMZ Sports, that was the straw that broke the camel's back: "He said he was going to murder me. He said he was going to tape my daughter's mouth ... when dealing with my kids, that's below the belt. That's what really got me."

Zelenoff was foolish enough to challenge Wilder to a fight at a Los Angeles gym, and the undefeated heavyweight obliged. 

Although it may seem like this was an extremely heated fight, Wilder said that he did it to save the man's life: "I genuinely care for the guy. I want him to stop [harassing people] before he messes with the wrong person. You never know who you're dealing with."


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