Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder 2015.jpg
Wilder in 2015
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 American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 30)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 36
Wins by KO 35
Losses 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer and the WBC world heavyweight champion. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, which led to his nickname of "The Bronze Bomber". Wilder coined the name after Joe Louis, who was also from Alabama, and who was known by the nickname "The Brown Bomber". Wilder has a very erratic and explosive style, generating extreme punching power in his right hand which has accounted for most of his knockouts—18 of them within the first round.

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).

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]

On November 15, 2008 Wilder turned professional at the age of 23. He won his first contest with a second round stoppage of Ethan Cox. From 2009 to 2012, he built up an impressive record of 26-0 with 26 knockouts. On April 27, 2013, Wilder travelled to Sheffield, England to fight former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison. Although the contest showed Wilder was still learning his trade, he still had too much power for Harrison, who was stopped inside the first round after being badly shaken from a barrage of punches. Four months later in August 2013, Wilder scored an impressive first round knockout of Siarhei Liakhovich, who was a former world heavyweight champion and who was expected with his world level experience to last into the middle rounds.

Becoming WBC heavyweight champion[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Wilder fought in a WBC heavyweight eliminator contest against skilled boxer Malik Scott in Puerto Rico. Wilder's power proved too much once more and he knocked out Scott halfway through the first round to set up a mandatory challenge with reigning WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. Wilder's dream came true on January 17, 2015 when he stepped through the ropes to fight for the world heavyweight championship. Up to this point he had never gone past four rounds as he had knocked out all opponents, and questions were raised by boxing experts concerning his stamina. The contest went the full 12-round distance, and Wilder proved he had boxing ability and could go the distance against a tough champion. He dominated Stiverne with his heavy jab and straight right hands, hurting the champion on several occasions. He was declared the winner by unanimous decision, becoming the first American heavyweight champion in nine years.

Defending WBC heavyweight champion[edit]

In June 2015, Wilder made the first defence of his new crown against tough fringe contender Éric Molina. Molina proved he had heart in the contest, hurting the champion early and then surviving two knockdowns, before finally being knocked out in the ninth round. Three months later, he fought and successfully defended his world title against Johann Duhaupas. Duhaupas displayed a solid chin and was never knocked down by the power punching champion, however he was badly cut and bruised by the eleventh round, causing the referee to call a halt to the contest in favour of Wilder. Almost a year after becoming world champion, Wilder made his third title defence against former Polish heavyweight champion Artur Szpilka. Szpilka fought a great fight with his elusive stance, causing the champion to miss on many occasions. He was looking to score an upset after eight rounds of boxing. In round nine, the Pole was caught with a powerful right cross on the chin, which knocked him out unconscious for several minutes, before being revived by medical assistance.

Personal life[edit]

Wilder has two daughters, Naieya and Ava, and two sons, Dereon and Deontay Jr. Wilder has been married since 2009 to Jessica Scales-Wilder.[1]

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 spina bifida and grade issues forced him to attend nearby Shelton State Community College and to focus on a boxing career.[2]

Controversies[edit]

On May 4, 2013, Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic battery by strangulation, which is a Class B or Class C felony.[3] 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".[4]

Championships[edit]

  • WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
  • WBC World Heavyweight Champion (3 defenses)

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[5]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 fights, 36 wins (35 knockouts), 0 losses[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 36–0 Poland Artur Szpilka KO 9 (12), 2:24 2016-01-16 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York Retained WBC heavyweight title
Win 35–0 France Johann Duhaupas TKO 11 (12), 0:55 2015-09-26 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama Retained WBC heavyweight title
Win 34–0 United States Éric Molina KO 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 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lem Satterfield (23 January 2015). "Tuscaloosa to hold parade for Deontay Wilder". Ring TV. 
  2. ^ "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing - TODAY.com". Today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". Boxrec.com. 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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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
Current