Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
Statistics
Real name Deontay Leshun Wilder
Nickname(s) The Bronze Bomber
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Reach 84 in (213 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 29)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 33
Wins by KO 32
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

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.

Amateur career[edit]

Wilder started boxing in October 2005. By 2007 he 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.[1]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Wilder made his professional debut on November 15th 2008. He fought Ethan Cox and won by TKO in the second round. [2] 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. [3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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

Championships[edit]

  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
  • WBC World Heavyweight Champion

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[7]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[8]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 33–0 Canada Bermane Stiverne UD 12 2015-01-17 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 32–0 United States Jason Gavern RTD 4 (10), 3:00 2014-08-16 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
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 Retained WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win 29–0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich KO 1 (10), 1:43 2013-08-09 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Retained WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win 28–0 United Kingdom Audley Harrison TKO 1 (12), 1:10 2013-04-27 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
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 Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win 25–0 United States Damon McCreary KO 2 (10), 0:55 2012-09-08 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California
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
Win 23–0 Jamaica Owen Beck RTD 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
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
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
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 KO 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing - TODAY.com". Today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Deontay_Wilder_vs._Ethan_Cox
  3. ^ http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/06/deontay-wilder-destroys-owen-beck-in-3rd-round/
  4. ^ 543515154[dead link]
  5. ^ Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". Boxrec.com. 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Adam Willett
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Graziano
Preceded by
Bermane Stiverne
WBC Heavyweight Champion
January 17, 2015 – present
Incumbent
Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Chauncy Welliver
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Continental Americas title

December 15, 2012 – January 17, 2015
Won world title
Vacant
Records
Preceded by
Vitali Klitschko
27
Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career

13 January 2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Present