WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has issued an apology after reportedly breaking a mascot’s jaw on live television.

Currently on a promotional tour ahead of his December bout with UK fighter Tyson Fury, Wilder was introduced to the sombrero-wearing mascot on Spanish-language sports show Nación ESPN. After being invited to unleash his famed punching power, Wilder floored the unfortunate mascot. Shortly afterward, rumors started to circulate that the person inside the costume had suffered a broken jaw.

Wilder, regarded as one of the greatest power punchers of his generation, addressed the situation on Instagram, writing, “Anything headlining I didn’t know a “Human Being” was in there is just straight “Click Baiting” like come on now, I guess the Mascot rolled out there. show so respect! I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured (if this is true) I have the up most high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.

“If this is true @nacionespn I personally would like to invite him to my Dec.1 fight. Word Is Bond.”

Wilder will defend his title against Fury on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s rumored that the winner will take on IBF, WBA, and WBO champion Anthony Joshua next year to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

What do you make of Wilder’s mascot-punching? And do you think he has enough power to take down Fury? Let us know in the comments.

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