|Real name||Deontay Leshun Wilder|
|Nickname(s)||The Bronze Bomber|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Reach||84 in (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. Wilder is the reigning WBC world heavyweight champion, and currently has a knockout ratio of 96.9%. Wilder holds notable wins over Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich, Malik Scott and Bermane Stiverne.
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. 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.
Wilder made his professional debut on November 15th 2008. He fought Ethan Cox and won by TKO in the second round.  On June 23rd 2012, Wilder took a step up in level and challenged former contender Owen Beck in an eight round contest. Beck retired from the fight after three rounds with the heavy handed prospect.  The next fight for Wilder was against Trinidad and Tobago heavyweight journeyman Kertson Manswell on August 4th 2012 in Wilder's native state of Alabama. Wilder scored another quick first round knockout over Manswell, making it his 14th first round knockout win. Wilder claimed his first title (WBC Continental Americas) by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds on December 15th 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
On April 27th 2013, Wilder challenged former European heavyweight title holder Audley Harrison in Sheffield, England. Wilder overwhelmed his opponent with a barrage of punches in the first round, prompting the referee to intervene and stop the contest in favor of the rising knockout artist. Four months later on August 9th 2013, Wilder challenged former Belarusian WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich to a bout scheduled for ten rounds. Liakhovich had experience at world level and was expected to give Wilder his toughest contest to date. Wilder landed a viscous right cross to the temple of Liakhovich half way through round one, which rendered the former world champion unconscious and convulsing. Wilder stated after the knockout win that he was a genuine threat to the heavyweight division at world class level.
On October 26th 2013, Wilder scored another knockout win, this time over tough veteran Nicolai Firtha in four rounds in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The year of 2014, bore Wilder the opportunity to become a mandatory challenger for the WBC world heavyweight title held by Bermane Stiverne. On March 15th, Wilder gained his mandatory position after knocking out skilled boxer Malik Scott with a two-punch combination in the first round in Puerto Rico. To prevent inactivity waiting for his chance to fight for the world title, Wilder faced tough journeyman Jason Gavern on August 16th 2014 in Carson, California. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Gavern, before the journeyman retired at the end of the fourth round citing exhaustion.
Wilder's dream came true on January 17th 2015, when he challenged for the WBC world heavyweight title held by defending champion Bermane Stiverne. He displayed a ramrod jab, a good chin, and stamina to go the distance. Wilder longuest bout was four rounds prior to the fight because he had won all contests early by knockout. Stiverne was noticeably hurt several times throughout the fight, but displayed a granite chin and finished the bout on his feet. Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title in 2006.
Deontay has a daughter named Naieya, a daughter named Ava and a three-year-old[when?] son named Dereon, whose mother is Kakeyonna Jones of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 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 Champion (2 defenses)
- WBC World Heavyweight Champion
- 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
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||33–0||Bermane Stiverne||UD||12||2015-01-17||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC Heavyweight title.|
|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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- 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
|WBC Heavyweight Champion
January 17, 2015 – present
Title last held byChauncy Welliver
|WBC Heavyweight Champion
Continental Americas title
December 15, 2012 – January 17, 2015
Won world title
|Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career
13 January 2013 – Present