Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
Born Deontay Leshun Wilder
(1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 29)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Other names The Bronze Bomber
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15.6 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 84 in (213 cm)
Fighting out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Trainer Mark Breland
Years active 2008-present
Professional boxing record
Total 33
Wins 33
By knockout 32
Losses 0
By knockout 0
Draws 0
No contests 0
last updated on: February 19, 2015

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American heavyweight boxer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wilder is the current WBC heavyweight champion as of January 17, 2015, and has knocked out 32 of his 33 opponents with his title-winning victory over Bermane Stiverne being his first professional fight to go the distance.

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.

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[2]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

As an amateur boxer, Wilder won the National Golden Gloves and US Championship tournaments in 2007. In 2008, he won a heavyweight bronze medal at the 2008 olympic games in Beijing, China. He turned professional on November 15, 2008, defeating Ethan Cox by second round TKO. Wilder racked up an impressive record of 22-0 by May 2012, although only against journeymen fighters.

Wilder vs Beck[edit]

On June 23, 2012, Wilder faced former world heavyweight contender Owen Beck in his native hometown of Tuscaloosa. Wilder stopped the former contender by third round retirement, increasing his record to 23-0 with 23 knockouts.

Wilder vs Harrison[edit]

On April 27, 2013, Wilder faced former European heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in his first bout in the UK. 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.

Wilder vs Liakhovich[edit]

On August 9, 2013, Wilder faced former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich. Liakhovich had experience at world level and was expected to give Wilder his toughest contest to date. Wilder landed a hard right cross to the temple of Liakhovich half-way through the first round, which rendered the former world heavyweight champion convulsing. The win proved to the boxing world that Wilder had devastating power and was a genuine threat to the division.

Wilder vs Scott[edit]

On March 15, 2014, Wilder faced rising challenger and skilled boxer Malik Scott in the nation of Puetro Rico. He made easy work of his opponent finishing the contest inside the first round to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC world heavyweight title held by Bermane Stiverne.

Wilder vs Stiverne[edit]

On January 17, 2015, Wilder fought for the WBC world heavyweight championship. The defending champion was Bermane Stiverne. It was Wilder's first bout to go beyond four rounds, and his first bout to go the distance. Wilder displayed an impressive jab and powerful straight punches, even cutting and badly hurting Stiverne on several occasions throughout the bout. He was awarded the unanimous decision victory by lopsided scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109, becoming the first American heavyweight to win a world title since Shannon Briggs in 2006.

Personal life[edit]


Deontay has a daughter named Naieya, a daughter named Ava and a son named Dereon.[3]


Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas in May 2013. The charges were dismissed in September of that year. [4]

Professional boxing record[edit]


  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
  • WBC World Heavyweight Champion
33 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[5]
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.


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

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

13 January 2013 – Present
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