|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 |
|Wins by KO||33|
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 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 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.
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|
|-(12)||2015-09-26||Defending WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||34–0||Éric Molina||TKO||9 (12), 1:03||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||RTD||4 (10), 3:00||2014-08-16||StubHub Center, Carson, California|
|Win||31–0||Malik Scott||KO||1 (12), 1:36||2014-03-15||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Pueblo of Bayamón, Bayamón|
|Win||30–0||Nicolai Firtha||KO||4 (10), 1:26||2013-10-26||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Siarhei Liakhovich||KO||1 (10), 1:43||2013-08-09||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Audley Harrison||TKO||1 (12), 1:10||2013-04-27||Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire|
|Win||27–0||Matthew Greer||KO||2 (8), 1:16||2013-01-19||Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco|
|Win||26–0||Kelvin Price||KO||3 (10), 0:51||2012-12-15||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Damon McCreary||KO||2 (10), 0:55||2012-09-08||The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California|
|Win||24–0||Kertson Manswell||TKO||1 (10), 2:10||2012-08-04||Mobile Civic Center–Expo Hall, Mobile, Alabama|
|Win||23–0||Owen Beck||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||2012-06-23||Killer Buzz Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||22–0||Jesse Oltmanns||KO||1 (8), 0:26||2012-05-26||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Win||21–0||Marlon Hayes||TKO||4 (8), 3:00||2012-02-25||Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Win||20–0||David Long||KO||1 (8), 1:17||2011-11-26||U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||19–0||Daniel Cota||TKO||3 (8), 2:55||2011-11-05||Centro de Cancun, Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Win||18–0||Dominique Alexander||TKO||2 (6), 2:02||2011-08-27||Water Oaks Farm Arena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||17–0||Damon Reed||KO||2 (6), 1:59||2011-06-18||Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||16–0||Reggie Pena||TKO||1 (6), 2:03||2011-05-06||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||15–0||DeAndrey Abron||TKO||2 (6), 1:23||2011-02-19||Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Win||14–0||Danny Sheehan||KO||1 (6), 1:48||2010-12-02||Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Win||13–0||Harold Sconiers||TKO||4 (6), 1:09||2010-10-15||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||12–0||Shannon Caudle||KO||1 (6), 1:04||2010-09-25||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi|
|Win||11–0||Dustin Nichols||TKO||1 (6), 3:00||2010-07-03||Club Palace, Hattiesburg, Mississippi|
|Win||10–0||Alvaro Morales||TKO||3 (6), 1:23||2010-04-30||Tropicana Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–0||Ty Cobb||KO||1 (6), 0:33||2010-04-02||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8–0||Jerry Vaughn||KO||1 (6), 1:02||2009-11-28||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||7–0||Travis Allen||TKO||1 (4), 1:30||2009-08-14||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||6–0||Kelsey Arnold||KO||1 (4), 1:13||2009-06-26||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||5–0||Charles Brown||KO||1 (6), 0:55||2009-05-23||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||4–0||Joseph Rabotte||KO||1 (4), 2:33||2009-04-24||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||3–0||Richard Greene Jr||TKO||1 (4), 3:00||2009-03-14||Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||2–0||Shannon Gray||TKO||1 (4), 2:12||2009-03-06||Trotter Convention Center, Columbus, Mississippi|
|Win||1–0||Ethan Cox||TKO||2 (4), 2:54||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