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 American
Born (1985-10-22) October 22, 1985 (age 29)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 34
Wins by KO 33
Losses 0

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer. He is the current WBC world heavyweight champion and an Olympic bronze medalist. Nicknamed "The Bronze Bomber", Wilder is known for his punching power and boasts a 97% knockout win ratio.

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 began his professional career on November 15, 2009, knocking out Ethan Cox in two rounds in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wilder built a record of 22–0 with 22 knockouts before stepping up in class to meet former WBA heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck in a fight on June 23, 2012. He retired Beck in round three to reach 23 knockout wins in a row. In his next bout, Wilder knocked out former Trinidad & Tabago heavyweight champion Kertson Manswell in the first round.

Wilder vs Audley Harrison

Wilder fought former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, on an under-card event headlined by British welterweight champion Amir Khan. He scored a TKO win over Harrison in under two minutes of action.

Wilder vs Siarhei Liakhovich

Wilder fought former WBO world heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Liakhovich was his most experienced opponent to date, and was expected to last until the middle rounds. He knocked out Liakhovich in the first round, after the contest Wilder stated that he was a genuine threat to the heavyweight division at any level.

Wilder vs Malik Scott

Wilder fought skilled boxer and heavyweight contender Malik Scott at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The twelve round contest was a WBC eliminator for the next mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. Wilder knocked out Scott in the first round, setting up his position for a shot at the world title.

Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne

Wilder fought the WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne on January 17, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. He dominated the champion with his boxing ability and superior reach. The bout marked his first to go the distance, by winning on an unanimous decision after twelve rounds. Wilder was the first American heavyweight champion in nine years, and he dedicated the win to his disabled daughter and to his boxing hero Muhammad Ali, who had turned 73 years of age that same day.

WBC heavyweight championship

Wilder made his first defense of the WBC heavyweight title on June 13, 2015 at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight marked the first heavyweight championship contest in the state of Alabama history. The opponent was Mexican-American Éric Molina. Wilder knocked out Molina in the ninth round.

Wilder is scheduled to make his second defense against French heavyweight contender Johann Duhaupas in September 2015.

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
N/A N/A France Johann Duhaupas N/A - (12) 2015-09-26 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama 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
Win 29–0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich KO 1 (10), 1:43 2013-08-09 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
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
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