Deontay Wilder

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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 32
Wins 32
Wins by KO 32
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American heavyweight boxer. He is currently undefeated as a professional, and has won all of his bouts to date by knockout. Wilder is the current WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion. He holds notable wins over Kertson Manswell, Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich and Malik Scott.

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 Jeff Lacy vs. Jermain Taylor fight in November 15, 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 merely club fighters, he did make a statement regarding his fearsome punching power, and all opponents were finished inside four rounds.

On June 23, 2012, he stepped up a notch in class and fought former world heavyweight title contender Owen Beck. Beck retired from the fight after three rounds with the heavy handed prospect. Wilder claimed his first title in December 2012, by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds to win the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title in Los Angeles, California.

On April 27, 2013 he fought former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison in Sheffield, England on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz. Wilder overwhelmed Harrison with his power in the first round, and ended the fight at one minute and eighty-three seconds. Four months later in August 2013, Wilder fought former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich in Indio, California. Liakhovich was expected to last until the middle rounds, due to his experience at top level. Wilder made easy work of his opponent, landing a mighty straight right that sent the former champion crashing to the canvas to be counted out at one minute and forty-three seconds of round one. After this fight, Wilder made a statement that he was a genuine threat to the heavyweight division at any level.

On October 26, 2013, he fought tough veteran Nicolai Firtha on the undercard of the light heavyweight championship bout between Bernard Hopkins and Karo Murat at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Firtha displayed heart and courage against Wilder from the beginning of the fight. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Firtha in the opening round, however the veteran survived and fought on. The decisive moment came in the fourth round, when Wilder landed a powerful overhand right to the head of Firtha, sending him flat on his back. The referee decided he had seen enough punishment, and awarded Wilder the knockout victory, and another win to his unbeaten streak.

On March 15, 2014, Wilder fought world ranked Malik Scott in Puerto Rico. After few exchanges within two minutes of the first round, Wilder opened up with a two-punch combo that sent Scott crashing into the ropes. The finishing blow of the combo was a straight right that breached Scott's high guard clipping him on the temple on impact. He was counted out at one minture and thirty-six seconds of round one. After this quick win over Scott, Wilder began to be recognized by the major sanctioning bodies as a challenger for a world heavyweight title. To prevent inactivity waiting for his shot at the WBC heavyweight title held by Bermane Stiverne, Wilder fought tough journeyman Jason Gavern on the undercard of the IBF welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Shawn Porter. Wilder scored two knockdowns over Gavern in the third and fourth rounds. Gavern retired at the end of the fourth round.

Wilder will fight Bermane Stiverne on January 17, 2015 for the WBC world heavyweight title via Showtime.

Personal life[edit]

Deontay has a six-year-old daughter named Naieya and a newborn daughter named Ava and a son named Dereon Wilder. 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 title

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (32 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Canada Bermane Stiverne N/A - (12) 2015-01-17 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada For 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. ^ [1][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
Vitali Klitschko
Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career

13 January 2013 – Present
Succeeded by