|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 currently undefeated as a professional, and is the reigning WBC world heavyweight champion. Wilder has a knockout ratio of 96.96%.
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 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.
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 (2012-2013)
- WBC World Heavyweight Champion (2015-)
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