|Real name||Deontay Leshun Wilder|
|Nickname(s)||The Bronze Bomber|
|Height||6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m)|
|Reach||84 inches (213 cm)|
October 22, 1985 |
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
|Wins by KO||32|
Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American heavyweight boxer. He is currently undefeated as a professional, and holds the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title. Wilder is considered to be one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division today, and to date he has knocked out or stopped every opponent inside four rounds. Wilder is ranked within the top ten heavyweights by all major sanctioning bodies, and holds notable wins over Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich and Malik Scott.
Wilder is trained by former welterweight world champion and olympic gold medalist Mark Breland.
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.
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.
- 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
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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 TKO in the second round. From November 2008 to May 2012, Wilder built up an impressive record of 22-0, with 22 KO's. Although all of these opponents were merely club fighters, he did make a statement regarding his fearsome punching power, and all opponents were finished inside four rounds.
On June 23rd, 2012, he stepped up a notch in class and fought former world heavyweight title contender Owen Beck. Beck retired from the fight after three rounds with the heavy handed prospect. Wilder claimed his first title in December 2012, by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds to win the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title in Los Angeles, California.
On April 27th 2013, he fought former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison in Sheffield, England on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz. Wilder overwhelmed Harrison with his power in the first round, and ended the fight at one minute and eighty-three seconds. Four months later in August 2013, Wilder fought former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich in Indio, California. Liakhovich was expected to last until the middle rounds, due to his experience at top level. Wilder made easy work of his opponent, landing a mighty straight right that sent the former champion crashing to the canvas to be counted out at one minute and forty-three seconds of round one. After this fight, Wilder made a statement that he was a genuine threat to the heavyweight division at any level.
On October 26th, 2013, he fought tough veteran Nicolai Firtha on the undercard of the light heavyweight championship bout between Bernard Hopkins and Karo Murat at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Firtha displayed heart and courage against Wilder from the beginning of the fight. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Firtha in the opening round, however the veteran survived and fought on. The decisive moment came in the fourth round, when Wilder landed a powerful overhand right to the head of Firtha, sending him flat on his back. The referee decided he had seen enough punishment, and awarded Wilder the knockout victory, and another win to his unbeaten streak.
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 on impact. He was counted out at one minture and thirty-six seconds of round one. After this quick win over Scott, Wilder began to be recognized by the major sanctioning bodies as a challenger for a world heavyweight title. To prevent inactivity waiting for his shot at the WBC heavyweight title held by Bermane Stiverne, Wilder fought tough journeyman Jason Gavern on the undercard of the IBF welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Shawn Porter. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Gavern in the third and fourth rounds. Gavern retired at the end of the fourth round.
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
|32 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||32–0||Jason Gavern||RTD||4 (10), 3:00||2014-08-16||StubHub Center, Carson, California|
|Win||31–0||Malik Scott||KO||1 (12), 1:36||2014-03-15||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Pueblo of Bayamón, Bayamón|
|Win||30–0||Nicolai Firtha||KO||4 (10), 1:26||2013-10-26||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC Continental Americas
|Win||29–0||Siarhei Liakhovich||KO||1 (10), 1:43||2013-08-09||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC Continental Americas
|Win||28–0||Audley Harrison||TKO||1 (12), 1:10||2013-04-27||Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire|
|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 Continental Americas
|Win||25–0||Damon McCreary||KO||2 (10), 0:55||2012-09-08||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California|
|Win||24–0||Kertson Manswell||TKO||1 (10), 2:10||2012-08-04||Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama|
|Win||23–0||Owen Beck||RTD||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|
|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|
|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|
|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||KO||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.|
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- "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- [dead link]
- 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.
- "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". Boxrec.com. 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- 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
|Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career
13 January 2013 – Present