Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
Real name Deontay Leshun Wilder
Nickname(s) The Bronze Bomber[1]
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.00m)
Reach 84 in (213cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 28)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 31
Wins by KO 31
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an undefeated American heavyweight boxer. Deontay is best known for winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Wilder is currently recognized as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. He has won all of his bouts by knockout, and no opponent he has faced has lasted more than four rounds with him. Wilder is ranked within the top ten rankings by all the major sanctioning bodies, and he currently holds the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title. Wilder holds notable wins over Owen Beck, Kertson Manswell, Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich and Malik Scott.

Wilder is currently trained by longtime coach Jay Deas and former welterweight champion/Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Breland, and is currently promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.[2]


Wilder started boxing in October 2005 and in 2007 upset the favorites to win both the National Golden Gloves and the US championships at 201 lb (91 kg).

He graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004 and dreamed of playing American football (wide receiver) or basketball (forward) for his 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.[3]

At the Golden Gloves he defeated highly touted cadet world champion Isiah Thomas - a southpaw from Detroit - and David Thompson, of Brooklyn, N.Y in the finals. At the U.S. 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 twice more and won the Olympic trials in 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.

He qualified for the Olympics by beating Deivis Julio 6:5 Jorge Quinones from Ecuador on double countback and Brazilian Rafael Lima 6:5 at the qualifier.

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[4]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional Career[edit]

Wilder made his professional debut on the undercard of Jeff Lacy vs. Jermain Taylor fight in November 15th 2008. He fought Ethan Cox and won by KO in the second round.

Between November 2008 to May 2012, Wilder quickly built up an impressive record of 22-0, all wins coming by KO inside four rounds. On June 23rd 2012, he stepped up in class and fought a former world heavyweight challenger Owen Beck. Beck retired on his stool after three rounds with the heavy-handed prospect. On December 15th 2012, Wilder won the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds.

On April 27th 2013, he fought former European heavyweight champion and former Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison at the Motor Point Arena in Sheffield, England on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz. Wilder's power was too much for Harrison, and he was counted out at 110 seconds in round one.

Wilder had easily won all of his fights by knockout by the summer of 2013. So he was scheduled to face the tough veteran and former WBO world heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich in order to get some rounds under his belt, as no other opponent had lasted more than four rounds with Wilder. Wilder landed a mighty right cross to the head of Liakhovich at 1.43 minutes of round one, which sent the former champion crashing to the canvas, who briefly started convulsing from the heavy blow. This marked Wilder is a genuine threat to the heavyweight division, as Liakhovich was expected to at least survive to the middle rounds, yet he was eliminated in frightening fashion.

Two months later in October 2013, Wilder fought the tough and cagey veteran Nikolai Firtha, under the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs Karo Murat at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Firtha displayed heart and courage by bringing the fight to Wilder, and giving him his toughest fight to date. Wilder scored two minor knockdowns in the first round, but Firtha survived and fought on. In round four, Wilder's power prevailed and he flattened Firtha with a big over-hand right to the head. The referee halted the contest as he felt the bloodied Firtha had seen enough punishment, and therefore awarded the victory to Wilder.

On March 15, 2014, Wilder fought world ranked Malik Scott in Puerto Rico. After few exchanges within two minutes of the first round, Wilder opened up with a two-punch combo that sent Scott crashing into the ropes. The finishing blow of the combo was a straight right that breached Scott's high guard clipping him on the temple apon impact. He was counted out at 1.36 of round one. The fight with Scott was to set up an eliminator for a world title shot.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] On May 4, 2013 Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic battery by strangulation, which is a Class B or Class C felony.[6] 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".[7]


  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
  • UBF Championship

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (31 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 31–0 United States Malik Scott KO 1 (12), 1:36 2014-03-15 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Pueblo of Bayamón, Bayamón
Win 30–0 United States Nicolai Firtha KO 4 (10), 1:26 2013-10-26 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Defended WBC Cont. HW title.
Win 29–0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich KO 1 (10), 1:43 2013-08-09 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Defended WBC Cont. HW title.
Win 28–0 United Kingdom Audley Harrison TKO 1 (12), 1:10 2013-04-27 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber
Win 27–0 United States Matthew Greer KO 2 (8), 1:44 2013-01-19 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco
Win 26–0 United States Kelvin Price KO 3 (10), 0:51 2012-12-15 United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California Won vacant WBC Cont. HW title.
Win 25–0 United States Damon McCreary KO 2 (10), 0:55 2012-09-08 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California McCreary down three times.
Win 24–0 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell TKO 1 (10), 2:10 2012-08-04 United States Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama Manswell down three times.
Win 23–0 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 3 (8), 3:00 2012-06-23 United States Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 22–0 United States Jesse Oltmanns KO 1 (8), 0:26 2012-05-26 Mexico Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo Oltmanns down once.
Win 21–0 United States Marlon Hayes TKO 4 (8), 3:00 2012-02-25 United States Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
Win 20–0 United States David Long KO 1 (8), 1:17 2011-11-26 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Long down once.
Win 19–0 Mexico Daniel Cota KO 3 (8), 2:55 2011-11-05 Mexico Centro de Cancun, Cancún, Quintana Roo
Win 18–0 United States Dominique Alexander TKO 2 (6), 2:02 2011-08-27 United States Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 17–0 United States Damon Reed KO 2 (8), 1:59 2011-06-18 United States Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 16–0 United States Reggie Pena TKO 1 (6), 2:03 2011-05-06 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 15–0 United States DeAndrey Abron TKO 2 (6), 1:23 2011-02-19 United States Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 14–0 United States Danny Sheehan KO 1 (6), 1:48 2010-12-02 United States Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Win 13–0 United States Harold Sconiers TKO 4 (6), 1:09 2010-10-15 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Sconiers down four times.
Wilder down once.
Win 12–0 United States Shannon Caudle KO 1 (6), 1:04 2010-09-25 United States Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Win 11–0 United States Dustin Nichols RTD 1 (6), 3:00 2010-07-03 United States Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Win 10–0 Mexico Alvaro Morales TKO 3 (6), 1:23 2010-04-30 United States Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–0 United States Ty Cobb KO 1 (6), 0:33 2010-04-02 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–0 United States Jerry Vaughn KO 1 (6), 1:02 2009-11-28 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 7–0 United States Travis Allen TKO 1 (4), 1:30 2009-08-14 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 6–0 United States Kelsey Arnold KO 1 (4), 1:13 2009-06-26 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 5–0 United States Charles Brown KO 1 (6), 0:55 2009-05-23 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 4–0 United States Joseph Rabotte KO 1 (4), 2:33 2009-04-24 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win 3–0 United States Richard Greene Jr RTD 1 (4), 3:00 2009-03-14 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 2–0 United States Shannon Gray TKO 1 (4), 2:12 2009-03-06 United States Trotter Convention Center, Columbus, Mississippi
Win 1–0 United States Ethan Cox TKO 2 (4), 2:54 2008-11-15 United States Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee Professional debut.


  1. ^ a b "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Deontay Wilder". 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing -". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 

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Preceded by
Adam Willett
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Graziano
Preceded by
Vitali Klitschko
Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career

13 January 2013 – Present
Succeeded by