Name: Deontay Wilder
Alias: The Bronze Bomber
Birth Name: Deontay Leshun Wilder
Born: 1985-10-22 (Age:29)
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Height: 6′ 7″ / 201cm
Reach: 83″ / 211cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Jay Deas, Mark Breland, and Russ Anber (co-trainers)
Managers: Jay Deas, Al Haymon, and Shelly Finkel (co-managers)
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions (former)
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From Deontay Wilder's official website
A natural talent in the ring, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder has rapidly progressed from inexperienced Olympian to world heavyweight champion.
Chiseled 6-foot-7-inch Deontay Wilder dropped out of college and turned to boxing in 2005 to support his daughter, who was born with spina bifida. He was a quick study, winning the U.S. Olympic trials in his 21st amateur fight and earning an Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. After winning his first 32 professional bouts by knockout, Wilder capped his rapid ascent by capturing a share of the world heavyweight title in January 2015.
Like countless other boys born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder always wanted to play football or basketball for his hometown University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
However, the 6-foot-7-inch Wilder’s goals changed in 2005, when his daughter, Naieya, was born with spina bifida, a serious birth defect of the spinal cord.
A freshman at Tuscaloosa’s Shelton State Community College at the time, Wilder left school and was soon working two jobs in order to support his daughter, who doctors said might never be able to walk.
In an attempt to earn more money, Wilder took up boxing shortly thereafter and was an extremely quick study.
Fast track to the Olympics
In 2007, Wilder won the National Golden Gloves title in just his 16th amateur fight and also won the U.S. amateur championship at 201 pounds.
He won the U.S. Olympic trials in just his 21st amateur bout, and earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. It was the only medal won by a U.S. boxer.
“His work ethic is incredible and he hits so hard,” USA Boxing coach Dan Campbell said.
Wilder, a.k.a. “The Bronze Bomber,” was simply following the lead of Naieya, who was walking by 2008.
“She’s my inspiration,” he said before the Olympics. “She’s doing so many things that the doctors said she might not be able to do.”
A strong first impression
Possessing tremendous punching power and an 83-inch reach, Wilder made his professional debut in November 2008, gaining a second-round technical knockout of Ethan Cox in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trained by former 147-pound world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Breland, Wilder made quick work of his first 22 opponents, defeating each of them within four rounds, including 14 in the opening round.
Wilder stepped up his level of competition in June 2012, facing former world title contender Owen Beck.
Fighting before a hometown crowd in Tuscaloosa, Wilder floored his opponent in the first and second rounds, and twice more in the third.
He was declared the winner after Beck failed to answer the bell to start Round 4.
Climbing the ladder to greatness
Wilder defeated two straight unbeaten prospects in 2012 to establish himself as a fast-rising title contender.
He knocked out Damon McCreary, who entered the ring at 14-0, in the second round in Costa Mesa, California, in September.
Wilder then gained a third-round KO in December of Kelvin Price, who came into the bout in Los Angeles with a perfect 13-0 mark.
Wilder gained two more quick stoppages in early 2013, including a first-round TKO of former European titleholder Audley Harrison in Sheffield, England.
He then gained the biggest win of his career at the time in August 2013, knocking out former world champion Siarhei Liakhovich with a straight right hand in the first round in Indio, California.
Wilder ran his record to 30-0 in October 2013, knocking down Nicolai Firtha twice in the first round before finishing him off in the fourth in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Winning a world championship
Wilder put himself on the verge of a world title shot by easily defeating two opponents in 2014.
The win over Scott made Wilder the mandatory challenger for the world championship held by Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder entered the title bout with Stiverne with a record of 32-0 with 32 KOs.
Wilder’s superior reach prevented Stiverne from getting inside, and the Bronze Bomber came close to finishing off the champion in the second and seventh rounds.
Wilder failed to keep his KO streak alive, but he easily won a 12-round unanimous decision to become the first U.S.-born fighter to hold a heavyweight championship since Shannon Briggs in 2007.
- 2007 Heavyweight Champion at the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee (April 31 - May 9). Results:
- 2007 Heavyweight Champion at the United States Amateur Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 2-8). Results:
- 2007 Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the United States Olympic Trials in Houston, Texas (August 20-26). Results:
- 2007 United States heavyweight representative at the World Championships in Chicago, Illinois (October 23 - November 3). Results:
- Preliminaries (1/32): Lost to Krzysztof Zimnoch (Poland) 20-23
- 2007 Heavyweight Silver Medalist at Pre-Olympic Tournament in Beijing, China (November 17-22). Results:
- Quarterfinals: Defeated Wang Leilei (China) 25-17
- Semifinals: Defeated Vadim Likhman (Russia) +26-26
- Finals: Lost to Danny Price (England) WO
- 2008 Heavyweight Silver Medalist at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (March 12-18). Results:
- Preliminaries (1/8): Defeated Deivi Julio (Colombia) 6-5
- Quarterfinals: Defeated Jorge Quinones (Ecuador) +9-9
- Semifinals: Defeated Rafael Lima (Brazil) 6-5
- Finals: Lost to Osmay Acosta (Cuba) 12-1
- 2008 Heavyweight Bronze Medalist for the United States at the Olympics in Beijing, China (August 9-24). Results:
Professional Career Notes
- Has a record of 2-0 (1 KOs) in world title fights.
- Has a record of 2-0 (1 KO) against former or current world titlists:
- Has a record of 5-0 (5 KOs) in fights outside his native United States.
Regional & Minor Titles
- WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title (2012-2013)
- WBC Heavyweight Title (2015-present)
| WBC Heavyweight Champion
2015 Jan 17 – present