Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
Statistics
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 United States American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 29)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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 a professional boxer. Wilder is the current WBC world heavyweight champion. As of June 2015, his record stands at 34-0 with 33 knockouts.

He holds notable wins over Owen Beck, Audley Harrison, Siarhei Liakhovich, Malik Scott, Bermane Stiverne and Éric Molina.


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 turned professional on November 15, 2009. He fought Ethan Cox and won by second round TKO. At 22-0, Wilder fought his first notable opponent in former WBA world heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck in June 2012. He won the contest by the third round retirement of Beck. Two months later in August, Wilder scored his 15th first round knockout win over Kertson Manswell.

In April 2013, Wilder fought former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison in England. He made quick work of Harrison, ending the contest with a flurry of hard punches in the first round. In August 2013, Wilder was matched against an opponent who was a former WBO world heavyweight champion, and who was still considered an experienced contender. Wilder unleashed a heavy right cross to the temple of Liakhovich mid-way through the first round which left the former champion unconscious. The easy win over Liakhovich proved that he a genuine threat to the elite heavyweight division.

In the year of 2014, saw Wilder's chance to prove himself a genuine contender for the world heavyweight championship. He was matched against fellow American contender and skilled boxer Malik Scott in Puerto Rico. The fight with Scott was a WBC world heavyweight eliminator contest, and the winner would earn a shot at WBC world heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. The contest stated slow, however a hard two-punch combo mid-way through the first round, saw Scott fall to the canvas. Although he did rise to his feet, it was clear he was shaken and couldn't handle Wilder's power. The contest was stopped in favor of Wilder.

On January 17, 2015, Wilder's dream came true when he stepped through the ropes to fight for the WBC world heavyweight championship being defended by the champion Bermane Stiverne. Many questions still remained regarding Wilder's chin and stamina as he had never been beyond four rounds. He proved doubts wrong, and out-boxed Canadian Stiverne to a twelve round unanimous decision victory. Wilder hurt the solid champion several times throughout the contest, but was unable to finish him off as he had sustained a hand injury during the fight. It had been nine years since America had a world heavyweight champion, the last being Shannon Briggs in 2006. Wilder proudly reinstated his country as a world champion in the heavyweight division.

Wilder made the first defense of his WBC world heavyweight championship against Mexican-American Eric Molina. The fight was staged in Wilder's home-state of Alabama, and it was the first world heavyweight title fight in the state's history. Molina proved tougher than most observers considered. He managed to hurt Wilder in the third round, but the champion proved his mettle and quickly recovered. After the third round, Wilder dominated the contest and scored a knockdown in the fourth, two knockdowns in the fifth, and finally a heavy right cross in the ninth round left the challenger Molina sprawled out on the canvas. The referee had seen enough punishment, and awarded Wilder a ninth round TKO victory.

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]

Championships[edit]

  • 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
-(12) 2015-09-26 Defending WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 34–0 United States Éric Molina TKO 9 (12), 1:03 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 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), 1:16 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 TKO 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 (6), 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 TKO 1 (6), 3:00 2010-07-03 United States Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Win 10–0 Mexico Alvaro Morales TKO 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 TKO 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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Achievements
Preceded by
Adam Willett
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Graziano
Preceded by
Bermane Stiverne
WBC Heavyweight Champion
January 17, 2015 – present
Incumbent
Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Chauncy Welliver
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Continental Americas title

December 15, 2012 – January 17, 2015
Won world title
Vacant
Records
Preceded by
Vitali Klitschko
27
Most Consecutive Knockouts
From the Beginning of a Heavyweight Career

13 January 2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Present