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Deontay Wilder

I Fought Cyber-Bully ...

To Save His Life!!

5/9/2014 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0509-deontay-wilder-fight-still-01Boxing champ Deontay Wilder tells TMZ Sports ... the only reason he agreed to fight Internet troll Charlie Zelenoff was to teach him a lesson about bullying and SAVE HIS LIFE.

Wilder --  the reigning WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight -- says Zelenoff has been harassing him for 3 years ... calling him the N-word in texts and in phone calls and even threatening to harm his young daughter. 

"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."

Wilder says he finally got fed up with the constant harassment and told Zelenoff to meet him at the Hollywood Boxing Gym on May 7 to settle their beef once and for all. 

But before they squared off, Wilder says his manager drew up a waiver for Zelenoff to sign ... in which Charlie acknowledged that he would be fighting a trained boxer and agreed not to sue for any damage he incurred during the bout. 

"It was a great contract and he was willing to sign it," Wilder says ... "He agreed to all of the terms. He knew what was going on."

050814_deontay_wilder_launch_v2Of course, Wilder proceeded to beat Charlie's ass -- and he hopes Zelenoff learned his lesson. 
"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."

Sidenote -- Wilder was wearing two RIGHT gloves during the fight ... because he accidentally grabbed the wrong set when he set out to the gym that day. 

But Deontay says the mix-up was a blessing in disguise, because had he connected with the left hook while wearing the right gear ... he's afraid he could've caused some serious damage. 

"He would have been hurt."

As for Charlie's request for a rematch, Wilder says he wont fight Zelenoff again -- saying, "I feel like I made my point with him already."

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1.

YoursTruly    

lmaooooo another p ussy ass racist cyber thug. Idiot.

130 days ago
2.

Mel    

Girl w/ the shorts on the right tho... Dude trying to talk to hear is not at all concern with the fight...Dont blame em

130 days ago
3.

Steve    

That's how all racists are...COWARDS!!!

130 days ago
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Sally M    

It IS pretty funny at the end when Wilder pretends he's going after him again and the guy runs out the door! I sure hope it ends here but if he's been so persistent for three years and still thinks he's the best...can he give it up?

130 days ago
5.

FREEDOM    

YOUR NOT A FIGHTER WHEN YOU CLUB SOMEONE IN THE HEAD WHEN THERE ON THERE AZZ. THE TROLL IS THE WINNER.

128 days ago
6.

FREEDOM    

WILDER WON'T FIGHT AGAIN BECAUSE HE TO FF -UU-CC-KK-II-NN- GG CHICKEN!!!!!!

128 days ago
7.

lourdgoogoo    

In the words of Mortal Combat I suggest he: Finish Him!!!!!

128 days ago

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