Deontay Wilder apologises for 'injuring' mascot on television show

Wilder punched the mascot as part of a segment on Spanish language sports show Nacion ESPN while the presenters watched on

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder apologised after being told he might have injured a mascot after punching it on US television.

It had been reported on Sunday the American had broken the mascot's jaw when he appeared on Spanish language sports show Nacion ESPN to promote his upcoming fight against Tyson Fury.

But ESPN told BBC Sport on Monday that no injury was caused.

Wilder floored the mascot, who was wearing a sombrero and moustache.

The boxer also denied reports he did not know there was somebody inside the costume.

"Anything headlining I didn't know a human being was in there is just straight click-baiting," Wilder said on Instagram.

"I sincerely apologise to the brave man that was injured [if this is true]. I have the utmost respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.

"If this [injured mascot] is true, I personally would like to invite him to my 1 December fight."

Wilder will defend his belt against former world champion Fury in Los Angeles.

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