Deontay Leshun Wilder famed as Deontay Wilder is an American professional boxer who has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, and in doing so became the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years, which was the longest period of time in boxing history without an American heavyweight champion. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Olympics. This led to his nickname of “The Bronze Bomber”, which Wilder coined after Joe Louis, who was known by the nickname of “The Brown Bomber”. As of December 2019, he is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by BoxRec, The Ring magazine, and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Overall, he is a very talented boxer.
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II: WBC heavyweight championship rematch
In Round 1, Wilder immediately comes forward and fires a pair of left jabs. He’s circling to his left quickly and pumping the left to Fury’s head. Fury lands a right hand upstairs, drawing big cheers and Wilder clinches along the ropes. And Fury catches an off-balance Wilder flush as the bell rings, sending the champion reeling backward into a neutral corner. Wilder looks slower and the weight gain might not be to his benefit in Round 2. Fury lands a left followed by a left-right combo. Wilder tries to go over the top with a right hand but Fury sees it coming and easily moves out of the way. Fury doubles up the jab coming forward in Round 3. Wilder is down early in the fourth but the referee rules it a slip, which it was. Wilder is looking for the right hand to the point of parody. Fury traps him against the ropes and opens up but Wilder clinches in Round 4. Fury is landing bombs. Wilder’s legs are gone. He looks ready to fall early in the fifth. He can’t defend himself. He lunges forward with a right hand that Fury swerves easily. Fury is picking him apart and you start to wonder when the referee will intervene. Fury lands a series of blows with Wilder trapped in a corner as the bell rings. This isn’t going to last much longer in Round 5. Another dominant round from Fury, who spends about half of it leaning on Wilder in a neutral corner and in-fighting beautifully. He’s pounding away with hooks and uppercuts to the head and body. Wilder still bleeding from his left ear and in full retreat when he’s not up against the ropes in Round 6.
- For his formidable punching power, having knocked out or knocked down every opponent he has faced.
- Being a two-time winner of the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year award, in 2016 and 2017, and the winner of the Ring magazine Knockout of the Year award in 2019.
What is the birthplace of Deontay Wilder?
Deontay Wilder was born on 22nd October 1985 as Deontay Leshun Wilder, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the USA. He is the son of Gary and Deborah Wilder. He also had a younger brother named Marsellos Wilder. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is Mixed. He joined the Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport and began training under Jay Deas when he was only twenty. As an amateur, his record was of 30 wins and 5 loss. He qualified for the 2008 Olympics where he earned a bronze medal. He was graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004.
How was Deontay Wilder’s Career?
- Deontay made his professional debut on 15th November 2008, facing against Ethan Cox at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium.
- He then defeated Cox in the second round via knock out and made his professional debut with a win.
- He had defeated veterans like Owen Beck, DeAndrey Abron and Damon Reed by October of 2012 and maintained a 25-fight win streak. All of his fights were won by knockout.
- After that, he faced against Kelvin price who also had an undefeated streak on 15th December 2012.
- He also defeated Price in the third round with a right hand which knocked Price out of the fight.
- With his win over Price, he earned the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title, making it his first professional boxing title.
- He is one of the most dominating fighters in boxing.
- Since his professional debut, he has fought in 40 fights and won all of them with 39 knockouts and only won via unanimous decision.
- His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 98% at present.
- Canadian boxer Bermane Stiverne is the only one who was able to not get knocked out by Wilder.
- In the year 2015, he also won the WBC heavyweight title defeating Stiverne and has held onto the title for three years straight.
- In the year 2016 and 2017, he won the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year award.
- He is the 15th longest reigning world heavyweight champion of all time and as of March 2018, is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight boxers by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
- After Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, he looks to be the next big American boxer.
- The boxer faced Tyson Fury on December 1, 2018, where Wilder and Fury both claimed to be the best heavyweights in the world and both called out unified world champion Anthony Joshua.
- On the evening of 18th May 2019, he defended his WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale via knockout in the first round.
- In a rematch of their March 2018 fight, he faced Ortiz again on 23rd November 2019, winning by seventh-round knockout to retain his WBC heavyweight title after being behind on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
- On 27th November 2019, it was announced that he will face Tyson Fury on 22nd February 2020, in a rematch of their bout in 2018 which resulted in a draw.
What is the Net Worth of Deontay Wilder as of 2020?
Deontay Wilder has accumulated a huge amount of money from his boxing career. Deontay has an estimated net worth of $16 million as of 2020. He reportedly made $2.5 million from two fights against Luis Ortiz and Bermane Stiverne. The WBC heavyweight champion took home $4 million from his last bout against Tyson Fury. He reportedly received $10 million from the PPV sales. He is regarded as one of the highest-paid fighters by playing in the past against Artur Szpilka for which he took home a cool $1.5 million. Overall, he is satisfied with his earnings. His major source of earning is from his boxing career.
Who is the wife of Deontay Wilder?
Deontay Wilder’s marital status is married and he married Jessica Scales-Wilder back in 2009. The two were in a relationship together for a long time before taking their relationship to the next level by tying the marital knot together. His relationship with Jessica blessed him with four children, two daughters; Ava Wilder and Naieya Wilder, and two sons; Deontay Wilder Jr and Dereon Wilder. He is no longer together with his wife as the two have separated. He is currently in a relationship with a girl named Telli Swift. He is engaged to Swift and also has a son with her who was born in February of 2018. As of now, he is living a happy life with Telli Swift without any disturbances.
How tall is Deontay Wilder?
Deontay Wilder is a very handsome fighter with an amazing body build. He has a tall height of six feet seven inches with the bodyweight of 96 KG. His other body measurements has not been revealed yet but it will be added soon once we get information about it.