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 35
Wins 35
Wins by KO 34
Losses 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer and the current 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, originally went by the nickname of "The Brown Bomber"; Wilder replaced "Brown" with "Bronze" in reference to his bronze medal. Wilder is known for his punching power and boasts a 97.1% knockout win ratio, having scored 18 knockouts in 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).

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]

Wilder turned professional in November 2008. He won the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title by knocking out Kelvin Price in three rounds in December 2012. He made two successful title defenses, by knocking out former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich in one round, and veteran journeyman Nikolai Firtha in four rounds.

On March 15, 2013 Wilder knocked out skilled boxer Malik Scott in one round to earn his mandatory WBC heavyweight title shot against reigning champion Bermane Stiverne. On January 17, 2015 he became the WBC heavyweight champion by dethroning Stiverne by twelve round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nine years after his win over Stiverne.

Wilder has currently made two successful defenses of his WBC heavyweight title. In June 2015, he knocked out Éric Molina in nine rounds. His second world title defense was against Johann Duhaupas on September 26, 2015. He won that fight via TKO in the eleventh round.

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 (2 defenses)

Olympic results[edit]

Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics[4]

World amateur championships results[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (34 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
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 Mexico 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.


  1. ^ "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing -". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ Lem Satterfield (23 January 2015). "Tuscaloosa to hold parade for Deontay Wilder". Ring TV. 
  3. ^ "Book of the Bronze Bomber: Deontay Wilder’s life inspires children’s story". PBC Boxing. 
  4. ^ "Boxing Schedules & Results". Official Beijing 2008 Website. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Deontay Wilder - Boxer". 1985-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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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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