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 83 in (211 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 29)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 34
Wins by KO 33
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer. Wilder is the current WBC world heavyweight champion and the former WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion. He is considered to be one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division with a 97% knockout win ratio.

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]

Deontay Wilder made his professional debut on November 15th 2008, he won his contest against Ethan Cox with a second round stoppage. Over the next several years he fought and defeated many journeymen to build his experience and to improve his professional record. Wilder's first credible win was over former fringe contender Owen Beck in his native hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Beck retired from the contest after three rounds with the hard-punching prospect. Two months late in August 2012, Wilder scored his 14th first round knockout win over former Trinidad & Tobago heavyweight champion Kertson Manswell.

On April 27th 2013, Wilder fought former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison in Sheffield, England. He won the contest with a first round stoppage after Harrison was overwhelmed by a barrage of punches. Four months later on August 9th, Wilder fought his toughest opponent at that stage of his career against former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich. Liakhovich was experienced at world class level and was expected to give the young and rising star a tough contest. Wilder's power proved too much for the former champion, and he was counted out at just one minute and forty-three seconds of round one.

Wilder had one more contest in the year of 2013, fighting on an undercard headlined by future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins on October 26th. Wilder scored his 30th straight knockout win over tough journeyman Nikolai Firtha in four rounds. At this stage in his career Wilder was beginning to make headlines as a genuine contender for the world heavyweight championship. He earned his mandatory WBC position by agreeing to fight skilled boxer Malik Scott in Puerto Rico. Wilder had too much power for his fellow American contender and won the contest with a two-punch combo midway through the first round.

To prevent ring rust waiting for his shot at a world title, Wilder faced experienced journeyman Jason Gavern in a scheduled ten round contest. Wilder stated prior to the contest that his intentions were to gain experience into the middle rounds against Gavern, as all his previous contests had ended before the fifth round bell. Wilder utilized his boxing skills and superior reach to outbox Gavern early before knocking him down twice. Gavern retired from the contest after four rounds citing inability to win and exhaustion. After his bout with Gavern, Wilder was finally scheduled to fight the champion Stiverne at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on January 17th 2015.

Wilder proved any doubters wrong regarding his chin and stamina in his twelve round contest with defending champion Bermane Stiverne. He displayed an impressive jab, a decent chin, good movement and of course his trademark right hand power punches. The fight lasted until the final bell. It was clear that Wilder had done more than enough to win, and even managed to badly hurt the solid champion several times throughout the contest. Wilder was declared the winner by unanimous decision, becoming the first American to win a world heavyweight title in nine years since Shannon Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title in 2006.

Wilder made his first defense of his WBC world heavyweight title against Éric Molina on June 13th 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder knocked down his opponent in the fourth, two times in the fifth and finally a powerful right cross was the decisive punch in the ninth round. The referee stopped the contest after Molina was sprawled out on the canvas and had suffered considerable punishment.

Personal life[edit]

Deontay has two daughters Naieya and Ava and two sons Dereon and Deontay Jr(DJ) [2]

Wilder's life story has inspired a children's book - Deontay the Future World Champ. The book revolves around a young Deontay and the sacrifices he has to make in order to achieve his dream of becoming a boxing star. [3]


  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
  • WBC World Heavyweight Champion (1 defense)

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[4]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (33 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 34–0 United States Éric Molina TKO 9 2015-06-13 United States Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
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 TKO 4 2014-08-16 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Win 31–0 United States Malik Scott KO 1 2014-03-15 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Pueblo of Bayamón, Bayamón
Win 30–0 United States Nicolai Firtha KO 4 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 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 2013-04-27 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 27–0 United States Matthew Greer KO 2 2013-01-19 Mexico Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco
Win 26–0 United States Kelvin Price KO 3 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 2012-09-08 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California
Win 24–0 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell TKO 1 2012-08-04 United States Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama
Win 23–0 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 3 2012-06-23 United States Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 22–0 United States Jesse Oltmanns KO 1 2012-05-26 Mexico Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo
Win 21–0 United States Marlon Hayes TKO 4 2012-02-25 United States Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
Win 20–0 United States David Long KO 1 2011-11-26 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 19–0 Mexico Daniel Cota TKO 3 2011-11-05 Mexico Centro de Cancun, Cancún, Quintana Roo
Win 18–0 United States Dominique Alexander TKO 2 2011-08-27 United States Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 17–0 United States Damon Reed KO 2 2011-06-18 United States Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 16–0 United States Reggie Pena TKO 1 2011-05-06 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 15–0 United States DeAndrey Abron TKO 2 2011-02-19 United States Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Win 14–0 United States Danny Sheehan KO 1 2010-12-02 United States Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Win 13–0 United States Harold Sconiers TKO 4 2010-10-15 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 12–0 United States Shannon Caudle KO 1 2010-09-25 United States Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Win 11–0 United States Dustin Nichols TKO 1 2010-07-03 United States Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Win 10–0 Mexico Alvaro Morales TKO 3 2010-04-30 United States Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–0 United States Ty Cobb KO 1 2010-04-02 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–0 United States Jerry Vaughn KO 1 2009-11-28 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 7–0 United States Travis Allen TKO 1 2009-08-14 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 6–0 United States Kelsey Arnold KO 1 2009-06-26 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 5–0 United States Charles Brown KO 1 2009-05-23 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 4–0 United States Joseph Rabotte KO 1 2009-04-24 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win 3–0 United States Richard Greene Jr TKO 1 2009-03-14 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 2–0 United States Shannon Gray TKO 1 2009-03-06 United States Trotter Convention Center, Columbus, Mississippi
Win 1–0 United States Ethan Cox TKO 2 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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