|Real name||Deontay Leshun Wilder|
|Nickname(s)||The Bronze Bomber|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Reach||83 in (211 cm)|
October 22, 1985 |
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
|Wins by KO||33|
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.
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. 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.
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.
Deontay has two daughters Naieya and Ava and two sons Dereon and Deontay Jr(DJ) 
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. 
- WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
- WBC World Heavyweight Champion (1 defense)
- 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
Professional boxing record
|34 Wins (33 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||34–0||Éric Molina||TKO||9||2015-06-13||Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama||Retained WBC Heavyweight title.|
|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||TKO||4||2014-08-16||StubHub Center, Carson, California|
|Win||31–0||Malik Scott||KO||1||2014-03-15||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Pueblo of Bayamón, Bayamón|
|Win||30–0||Nicolai Firtha||KO||4||2013-10-26||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC Continental
Americas Heavyweight title.
|Win||29–0||Siarhei Liakhovich||KO||1||2013-08-09||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC Continental
Americas Heavyweight title.
|Win||28–0||Audley Harrison||TKO||1||2013-04-27||Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire|
|Win||27–0||Matthew Greer||KO||2||2013-01-19||Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco|
|Win||26–0||Kelvin Price||KO||3||2012-12-15||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California||Won vacant WBC Continental
Americas Heavyweight title.
|Win||25–0||Damon McCreary||KO||2||2012-09-08||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California|
|Win||24–0||Kertson Manswell||TKO||1||2012-08-04||Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama|
|Win||23–0||Owen Beck||TKO||3||2012-06-23||Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||22–0||Jesse Oltmanns||KO||1||2012-05-26||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Win||21–0||Marlon Hayes||TKO||4||2012-02-25||Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Win||20–0||David Long||KO||1||2011-11-26||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||19–0||Daniel Cota||TKO||3||2011-11-05||Centro de Cancun, Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Win||18–0||Dominique Alexander||TKO||2||2011-08-27||Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||17–0||Damon Reed||KO||2||2011-06-18||Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||16–0||Reggie Pena||TKO||1||2011-05-06||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||15–0||DeAndrey Abron||TKO||2||2011-02-19||Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||14–0||Danny Sheehan||KO||1||2010-12-02||Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Win||13–0||Harold Sconiers||TKO||4||2010-10-15||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||12–0||Shannon Caudle||KO||1||2010-09-25||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Win||11–0||Dustin Nichols||TKO||1||2010-07-03||Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi|
|Win||10–0||Alvaro Morales||TKO||3||2010-04-30||Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–0||Ty Cobb||KO||1||2010-04-02||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8–0||Jerry Vaughn||KO||1||2009-11-28||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||7–0||Travis Allen||TKO||1||2009-08-14||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||6–0||Kelsey Arnold||KO||1||2009-06-26||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||5–0||Charles Brown||KO||1||2009-05-23||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||4–0||Joseph Rabotte||KO||1||2009-04-24||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||3–0||Richard Greene Jr||TKO||1||2009-03-14||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||2–0||Shannon Gray||TKO||1||2009-03-06||Trotter Convention Center, Columbus, Mississippi|
|Win||1–0||Ethan Cox||TKO||2||2008-11-15||Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tennessee||Professional debut.|
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- "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". Boxrec.com. 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Official Deontay Wilder Website
- Interview with Deontay (March 2013)
- Profile on Premier Boxing Champions website
- 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