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Wilder in 2015
|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||35|
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Wilder has two daughters, Naieya and Ava, and two sons, Dereon and Deontay Jr. Wilder has been married since 2009 to Jessica Scales-Wilder.
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.
On May 4, 2013, Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic battery by strangulation, which is a Class B or Class C felony. 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".
- WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion (2 defenses)
- WBC World Heavyweight Champion (3 defenses)
- 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
|36 fights, 36 wins (35 knockouts), 0 losses|
|Win||36–0||Artur Szpilka||KO||9 (12), 2:24||2016-01-16||Barclays Center, New York City, New York||Retained WBC heavyweight title|
|Win||35–0||Johann Duhaupas||TKO||11 (12), 0:55||2015-09-26||Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama||Retained WBC heavyweight title|
|Win||34–0||Éric Molina||KO||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 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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- "Baby daughter inspires Olympic boxer - TODAY in Beijing - TODAY.com". Today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Suttles, Aaron (2013-05-07). "Wilder arrested on felony suspicion". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Taylor, Stephanie (2013-05-08). "Attorney: Deontay Wilder thought he was being robbed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "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