Deontay Wilder is born to be wild. The man who held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020 is none other than Deontay Leshun Wilder. Who doesn’t know the 10 times successful defender professional boxer?
Deontay Wilder is ranked as the world’s third-best active heavyweight from this time May 2021 on according to BoxRec, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and the Ring magazine. Besides he is considered by BoxRec, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and by The Ring magazine. Wilder’s professional boxing record is 42-1-1.
In this era, in this boxing world, Wilder is a familiar player. He has been fought successfully and earn his name and fame also. He is a history breaker champion.
People who love boxing must have heard about him. There are a lot of fans of him out there. So, this article is for them. Those who want to know about him can find a great description through our article.
Deontay Wilder’s Early life:
Deontay Wilder’s ethnicity is American. He was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States. The real name of Deontay Wilder is Deontay Leshun Wilder. Many people know him by his nickname “The Bronze Bomber”. This man was born on October 22 in the year of, 1985.
The name of his father is Gary Wilder and his mother Deborah Wilder. Wilder comes from a family of Alabama preachers. He has 3 sisters and one brother Marsellos Wilder total of 4 siblings. His brother Marsellos Wilder, is also a professional boxer who fights in the cruiserweight division and has a 5–2 record recently.
In Wilder’s own words, he uttered that he was raised by his parents till he turned 17. They belong to middle-class families who went to church. Deontay is next to his oldest sibling. Deontay always credits his success to his father’s work which is ethical and also says that he grew to look at his father’s honesty and integrity.
Wilder completed his graduation from Tuscaloosa High School. But because of his low grades, he had to go to junior university before he could go to university. When he had his first daughter come he had to drop out of college at that time. His plans of becoming a footballer or basketball player which he always dreamt of are all shattered by his daughter’s birth.
So, he started to focus on his boxing career. He started this career at the age of 20. Then Wilder attended Shelton State Community College. Later he mentioned that he was suffering from depression and also even try to commit suicide via gunpoint at one point. But finally, he bravely fought against it and is free from depression and remove suicidal thoughts from his mind.
Wilder’s Early career :
In October 2005 Wilder began his boxing career. At that time he enrolled in Skyy boxing gym situated in Northport, Alabama, and started his training under Jay Deas. He was 20 years old then.
At the 2008tholympic Wilder won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division as an amateur. Wilder carried a rough amateur record of 30-5.
On November 15, 2008, Wilder made his professional debut when he was 23 at the place Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. In the second round, Ethan Cox was defeated to Wilder by (2-2-1) technical knockout (TKO) after knocking him down three times.
Throughout the year 201-2020, Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title, by successfully defending ten times. As a result, Wilder won the title and became the first American world heavyweight champion in 2004. It’s been the longest period in boxing history.
On December 15, 2012, Wilder won his first title in professional boxing when he knocked out Kelvin Price (37 years old 13-0,6 KOs) at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. When a right hand from Wilder caught Price on the jaw and sent him back into the ropes and down the fight ended then.
He attempted to get to his feet but struggled which led referee Ray Corona to wave an end to the bout. Wilder claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title, which he went on to successfully defend twice.
Wilder’s Professional Career:
Over his 13 years of career, Wilder has fought 44 fights in which he earned 42 victories, one draw, and one defeat, of those 42 victories, 41 did not last 12 rounds with the 35- year old wining 20 by way of knockout, 17 via technical knockout and four following corner retirements.
Wilder recorded his career-best score by defeating Russia’s RakhimChakhiyev who is a silver medalist in the world championship. By which Wilder qualified for the 2008 ‘Summer Olympics’ and completed in the heavyweight category.
There Wilder defeated Abdelaziz Touilbini of Algeria and Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco. But he lost to Clemente Russo of Italy in the semi-finale and earned a bronze medal. He had an average amateur record of 30-5.
Wilder made his debut in professional boxing on November 15, 2008, at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium’ in Tennessee and also knocked out Ethan Cox in the second round.
In 2009 Wilder fought seven matches and won all of them in the very first round. Wilder had set an impressive record in his boxing career in October 2012, by winning 25 matches and most of them were won within 4 rounds.
Deontay Wilder’s Boxing Records:
In February 2014, a fight was announced between Wilder and American boxer Malik Scott. Wilder secured third place in this fight and Scott was placed at number 23, in the world rankings. Here Wilder defeated Scott at 1;36 of the first round. Wilder has been the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title once after defeating Scott.
In May 2015 Wilder fought his first defense of the WBC heavyweight title in Alabama. He selected Mexican – American boxer, Eric Molina, as his opponent. Where Wilder knocked down Molina at the end of the fourth round.
In August 2015, Wilder fought his second defense against Johan Duhaupas and ranked 12th position in the WBC.
In December 2015, Wilder defended his title against Polish boxer ArturSzpilka. Szpilka had the upper hand during the first three rounds. But Wilder refused to give up and in the 9th round, Wilder could able to understand Szpilka’s strategy and Wilder gave a powerful punch by which Szpilka had to been hospitalized. In May 2016, Wilder set himself to defend his title against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin. But however, the fight was canceled.
In July 2016, Wilder fought Chris Arreola who is a former two-time world title challenger where Wilder dominated the fight, and thus the fight was announced the winner after eight rounds. But during the fight, Wilder’s right hand was broken and he had to undergo two surgeries to repair his injuries The WBC ordered Wilder to fight the mandatory challenger, BermaneStiverne in October 2017.
In this fight, Wilder knocked down Stiverne and the referee called for a halt. Stiverne got defenseless when Wilder landed a right hand on him and thus Wilder won that fight. Wilder knocked out every opponent that he fought with this win.
Cuban boxer, Luis Ortiz who had failed a drug test, returned to the boxing ring in December 2017 and challenge Wilder for a fight. This fight took place in March 2018. Both of the players fought equally well in the initial rounds. In the 5th round, Wilder knocked down Ortiz and also was badly hurt. However, Wilder somehow managed to come back to the game and landed a right hand on Ortiz. The time referee halted the fight Wilder was declared the winner by the judges.
Deontay Wilder’s Personal Life:
Recently Deontay Wilder is engaged to Telli Swift who is a famous tv star and has a child with her. In his previous life, Wilder used to date Helen Duncan. They have a daughter together, Wilder’s first child who has born in 2005. Also, Wilder has two other daughters and one son with Jessica Scales-Wilder, whom he married in 2009 and later divorced. In total Wilder has 4 children.
Deontay Wilder’s Net Worth and Income:
Wilder is one of the greatest boxers of all time. He is fighting in the boxing ring for a long time now. With his amazing performance, he has made an enormous fan base from all over the world. Besides having huge fan followers, he also made a quite large bank and money from his career. According to celebritynetworth.com, Deontay Wilder’s net worth is about 30 million dollars.
Most of his earning came from winning matches, tournaments, and endorsements. His biggest earning includes 10 million dollars for the first Tyson Fury fight, 28 million dollars in a rematch with Tyson Fury, 2 million dollars from the first Luis Ortiz fight, and the rematch with Luis Ortiz made him 20 million dollars. Wilder’s total earnings from his career are about 70 million dollars. In between June 2019 and June 2020, he had made about 45 million dollars.
This is all. This black, American, boxing champion make history in the boxing chapter. With 96 kg weight and 6ft 7 inch height, this boxer became the first American world heavyweight champion since 2004 which is considered to happen the largest period of time in boxing history.
This man had made this possible by winning the title and changed history. Many of you must I think in search of Wilder after his devastating one-punch knockout to Ortiz. So, here we try our best to provide a clear conception for those people and for his fans also. I hope you get benefited through our article.