|Real name||Deontay Leshun Wilder|
|Nickname(s)||The Bronze Bomber|
|Height||6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m)|
|Reach||84 in (213.4 cm)|
October 22, 1985 |
|Wins by KO||30|
Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is an undefeated American heavyweight boxer who holds the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight championship, but perhaps is best known for winning two major national titles in 2007 and for being the only American boxer to win a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
He graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004 and dreamed of playing American football (wide receiver) or basketball (forward) for the hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, but the birth of his daughter Naieya (b. 2005), who suffers from a spinal condition, and grade issues forced him to attend nearby Shelton State Community College and to focus on a boxing career.
At the Golden Gloves he defeated highly touted cadet world champion Isiah Thomas a southpaw of Detroit and David Thompson, of Brooklyn, N.Y in the finals. At the US championship he defeated Quantis Graves and won the final 31-15 over southpaw James Zimmerman of San Jose, Calif.
At the Olympic Trials he beat Graves two more times and won the Olympic Trials with only 21 bouts.
Early in 2008 he scored a career best win by edging out World Gold medalist and future Olympic champion Rakhim Chakhiyev in Russia in a Duals.
- Defeated Abdelaziz Toulbini (Algeria) 10:4
- Defeated Mohamed Arjaoui (Morocco) 10+:10 (tiebreaker criteria)
- Lost to Clemente Russo 7:1
World amateur championships results
- Lost to Krzysztof Zimnoch (Poland) 20-23
Wilder made his professional debut on the undercard of Jeff Lacy vs. Jermain Taylor fight. He fought Ethan Cox and won by KO in the second round of a four round bout. He is currently 30–0 in professional boxing as of October 2013, all by knockout. On May 6, 2011, he won against Reggie Pena by 1 round TKO. Deontay Wilder was then scheduled to fight on June 18, 2011, against journeyman Damon Reed. He won the fight by 2 round KO. The location for the fight was Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
His next fight was on August 27 in Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The opponent was Dominique Alexander. Deontay Wilder won the fight by TKO in the second round. He was then set to fight on the Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland undercard. He fought and won against the Mexican heavyweight Daniel Cota, by a 3rd round KO. Only two days after, it was announced that Wilder was going to be in the ring again on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs. Vicente Martin Rodriguez on November 16, 2011. His opponent for the fight will be David Long. Deontay Wilder fought on the Devon Alexander vs. Marcos Maidana undercard, February 25 in Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri. The opponent was Marlon Hayes. Wilder won by a fourth round TKO. On May 15, 2012, it was announced and confirmed that Deontay Wilder will fight 2 fights within a month. On May 26, in Cancun, Mexico, he won the first fight against Jesse Oltmanns by a first round KO. The time was 0:26. Then he fought on June 23 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, against former top contender, Owen Beck. Wilder won by a 3 round TKO On August 4, 2012, Wilder will square off against his undefeated fellow countryman Kelvin Price 13(6 KO)–0–0. However Kelvin Price withdrew with an injury and Kertson Manswell was brought in as a late replacement. The fight took place at the Mobile Civic Center's Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama, and was televised by Fox Sports. Wilder won by 1 round TKO. Only 1 month after, he came back and fought Damon McCreary on September 8. Wilder won by a 2 round KO. He made his Showtime/ShoBox: The New Generation debut on December 15, 2012.
On December 15 in Los Angeles he defeated Kelvin Price in the third round with a devastating, single-punch knockout, earning the vacant WBC Continental Americas championship. His first fight in 2013 was on January 19, in Mexico. His opponent was Matthew Greer. Wilder won by a second round KO. On April 27, 2013 Wilder fought 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and former EBU champion Audley Harrison. Wilder won the fight with a TKO inside of 70 seconds.  On August 30, 2013, Wilder fought former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich. He won the bout by a one round KO. Liakhovich was briefly unconscious and convulsing following a big right cross by Wilder.
On October 26, 2013, Wilder fought Nikolai Firtha at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the undercard of a Bernard Hopkins world title defence. Firtha displayed aggression and heart throughout the bout. Wilder did score two knockdowns in round one, however the tough journeyman survived the round. Wilder eventually found his rhythm and dominated with his superior jab. Wilder scored a TKO victory in round four, after the referee halted the contest following a third knockdown to save the bloodied Firtha from further punishment.
Deontay has a six-year-old daughter named Naieya and a newborn daughter named Ava and a son named Dereon Wilder. He has been married since 2009 to Jessica Scales- Wilder. On May 4, 2013 Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic battery by strangulation, which is a Class B or Class C felony. Wilder's attorney said, "Deontay instinctively acted under the false impression that someone was stealing from him. That wasn't the case. He regrets his actions. He is extremely regretful because this is not consistent with his reputation. He and the victim have spoken about this and the victim has accepted his apology. We hope this matter will be brought to a resolution soon".
- WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
Professional boxing record
|30 Wins (30 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||30–0||Nicolai Firtha||KO||4 (10), 1:26||2013-10-26||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Defended WBC Cont. HW title.|
|Win||29–0||Siarhei Liakhovich||KO||1 (10), 1:43||2013-08-09||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California||Defended WBC Cont. HW title.|
|Win||28–0||Audley Harrison||TKO||1 (12), 1:10||2013-04-27||Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Win||27–0||Matthew Greer||KO||2 (8), 1:44||2013-01-19||Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco|
|Win||26–0||Kelvin Price||KO||3 (10), 0:51||2012-12-15||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California||Won vacant WBC Cont. HW title.|
|Win||25–0||Damon McCreary||KO||2 (10), 0:55||2012-09-08||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California||McCreary down three times.|
|Win||24–0||Kertson Manswell||TKO||1 (10), 2:10||2012-08-04||Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama||Manswell down three times.|
|Win||23–0||Owen Beck||TKO||3 (8), 3:00||2012-06-23||Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||22–0||Jesse Oltmanns||KO||1 (8), 0:26||2012-05-26||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo||Oltmanns down once.|
|Win||21–0||Marlon Hayes||TKO||4 (8), 3:00||2012-02-25||Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Win||20–0||David Long||KO||1 (8), 1:17||2011-11-26||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio||Long down once.|
|Win||19–0||Daniel Cota||KO||3 (8), 2:55||2011-11-05||Centro de Cancun, Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Win||18–0||Dominique Alexander||TKO||2 (6), 2:02||2011-08-27||Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||17–0||Damon Reed||KO||2 (8), 1:59||2011-06-18||Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||16–0||Reggie Pena||TKO||1 (6), 2:03||2011-05-06||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||15–0||DeAndrey Abron||TKO||2 (6), 1:23||2011-02-19||Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||14–0||Danny Sheehan||KO||1 (6), 1:48||2010-12-02||Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Win||13–0||Harold Sconiers||TKO||4 (6), 1:09||2010-10-15||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California||Sconiers down four times.
Wilder down once.
|Win||12–0||Shannon Caudle||KO||1 (6), 1:04||2010-09-25||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Win||11–0||Dustin Nichols||RTD||1 (6), 3:00||2010-07-03||Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi|
|Win||10–0||Alvaro Morales||TKO||3 (6), 1:23||2010-04-30||Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–0||Ty Cobb||KO||1 (6), 0:33||2010-04-02||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8–0||Jerry Vaughn||KO||1 (6), 1:02||2009-11-28||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||7–0||Travis Allen||TKO||1 (4), 1:30||2009-08-14||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||6–0||Kelsey Arnold||KO||1 (4), 1:13||2009-06-26||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||5–0||Charles Brown||KO||1 (6), 0:55||2009-05-23||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||4–0||Joseph Rabotte||KO||1 (4), 2:33||2009-04-24||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||3–0||Richard Greene Jr||RTD||1 (4), 3:00||2009-03-14||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||2–0||Shannon Gray||TKO||1 (4), 2:12||2009-03-06||Trotter Convention Center, Columbus, Mississippi|
|Win||1–0||Ethan Cox||TKO||2 (4), 2:54||2008-11-15||Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee||Professional debut.|
- "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Official Deontay Wilder Website
- Interview with Deontay (March 2013)
- NPR story about Wilder
- Olympic qualifier
- Deontay Wilder Amateur Boxing Record
- Professional boxing record for Deontay Wilder from BoxRec
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion