Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
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 currently undefeated as a professional, and is the reigning WBC world heavyweight champion. Wilder has a knockout ratio of 96.96%.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[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 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[2]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Wilder made his professional debut on the undercard of the 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 club fighters, he did gain recognition for his punching power, especially his big right hand.

Wilder took a step up in class and challenged former world heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck in June 2012. Wilder proved too powerful for the former challenger, who retired from the fight at the end of the third round. Later that same year in December, Wilder claimed his first title which was the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds in Los Angeles, California.

In April 2013, Wilder came to the UK to fight former European heavyweight title holder Audley Harrison. Wilder dominated the fight from the opening bell, and finished off his opponent with a barrage of punches inside the first round. In August of that same year, Wilder scored a devastating first round knockout over former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich. This was the fight that proved that he was a genuine threat to the heavyweight division as he had dispatched his experienced opponent with ease, displaying fearsome punching power.

Wilder fought tough veteran Nicolai Firtha in October 2013, on an undercard of a world title defense featuring Bernard Hopkins at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Firtha displayed heart and courage against the heavy handed prospect, however the power prevailed in the fourth round when Wilder landed a big overhand right to the head of the veteran, which sent him flat on his back bloodied and beaten. The referee intervened and stopped the contest to save him from further punishment.

The year of 2014, was Wilder's chance to prove that he was a genuine contender for the heavyweight crown. He fought skilled boxer Malik Scott in Puerto Rico, with the winner becoming a mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship held by Bermane Stiverne. Wilder made easy work of the classy boxer, knocking him out with a two-punch combo at one minute and thirty six seconds of round one. To prevent inactivity waiting for his shot at the world title, Wilder fought tough journeyman Jason Gavern in California. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Gavern in the third and fourth rounds. The journeyman retired on his stool at the end of the fourth round.

Wilder captured his dream and became WBC world heavyweight champion by dethroning defending champion Bermane Stiverne by a twelve round unanimous decision. Wilder managed to badly hurt Stiverne in the second and seventh rounds respectively, but was unable to finish his man off to continue his winning knockout streak. The fight displayed many positives for Wilder, who proved to doubters that he could go the distance and that he could take a punch from a world class fighter. Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title in 2008.

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


  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2012-2013)
  • WBC World Heavyweight Champion (2015-)

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[6]
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.


  1. ^ "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing -". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ 543515154[dead link]
  4. ^ Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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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
Succeeded by