Deontay Leshun Wilder (born 22 Oct. 1985) is an American professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title for five straight years. From 2015 up till 2020, Wilder held on to his WBC heavyweight championship, retaining it through the years. The American born who is a revered boxer is also endowed with a well built physique. He is credited for restoring America’s boxing glory back in 2015, at the time when he claimed the WBC heavyweight title, making him the first American boxer to hold a heavyweight championship title in 9 years. In our Tyson Fury’s Biography, Facts, Childhood, Personal Life, age we also shed some light upon his early life from childhood to present.
Deontay Wilder Biography, Facts, Age, Wiki
- Full Name: Deontay Leshun Wilder
- Nickname: The Bronze Bomber
- Date of Birth: October 22, 1985 (age 34)
- Place of Birth: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Nationality: American
- Height: 6ft 7 in (201cm)
- Weight: 96 kg
- Reach: 83 in (211 cm)
- Education: Tuscaloosa Central High School; Shelton State Community College
- Father: Gary Wilder
- Mother: Deborah Wilder
- Spouse: Telli Swift (engaged)
- Children: Naieya Wilder (daughter), Deontay Wilder Jr. (son), Ava Wilder (daughter), Dereon Wilder (son)
- Sibling: Marsellos Wilder (brother)
- Net Worth: $30 million
- Occupation: Boxer
- Weight/Division: Heavyweight
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
Deontay Wilder Biography, Facts, Childhood, Early Life
Wilder was welcomed into the world on October 22, 1985, by parents, father Gary Wilder and mother, Deborah Wilder. Not many facts are told about Deontay Wilder’s childhood and early life. Wilder had big dreams, he wanted to become a footballer or a basketball player. He has always wanted to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide, a team in his hometown, but that didn’t go down so well.
Wilder got hitched at a rather early age, and the birth of his children brought about more responsibility to the young man. His daughter was diagnosed with a spinal cord problem, which further put a strain to his financial situation. To meet his fatherly obligations, Wilder took up a barrage of side jobs, one of which was being a driver at Greene Beverage Company. He eventually made his way into boxing as a means of livelihood. That’s it for Deontay Wilder’s Biography Facts, Childhood & early life in subsequent sections we look into his Personal Life, Net Worth & Professional Career.
Deontay Wilder Professional Career (Amateur Boxing)
In the year 2005, Wilder who had just turned 20, turned toward boxing. His boxing career began at the Sky Boxing Gym in Alabama. In just two years, Wilder made his way up as one of the fastest rising boxers thus become a force to reckon in amateur boxing. He went on to win the US championships and the National Golden Gloves. The American born was notoriously determined to establish his dominance in the boxing ring and went on to defeat Quantis Graves in the Olympics trials. After he won 21 bouts, He earned himself a place in the Olympics. Prior to the Olympics, Wilder took on Evgenyi Romanov, in a Russia-USA fight which took place in February 2008. He lost the bout. His loss only qualified him for bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics. Wilder’s career eventually ended with a 30-5 record.
In November 2008, Wilder went on to make his professional debut as a boxer in a fight against Ethan Cox at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium, in Tennessee. The American born came out victorious by a Technical knockout. The following year, Wilder participated in 7 bouts, where he won all fights in the first round. Wilder continued to show his prowess as he continued in his boxing career. By October 2012, Wilder was on a 25 boxing bout win. He had triumphed in all first four round fights and by knockout. In December 2012, he went on to defeat Kelvin Price by knockout to claim the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.
In April 2013, Wilder took on 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medal winner, Audley Harrison, in the Motorpoint Arena, located in Sheffield. That would be Wilder’s first fight in the UK. He came out victorious by defeating Harrison, who took a bow following his defeat. His next fight was scheduled August 2013, against Siarhei Liakhovich, a former WBO heavyweight champion. Wilder defeated Siarhei Liakhovich. Shortly after his fight with Siarhei Liakhovich, Wilder took on Nicolai Firtha, in October 2013. He defeated Nicolai Firtha, to retain his winning streak.
In March 2014, Wilder challenged Malik Scott,things turned out in Wilder’s favor as he won the fight. Following his triumph over Malik Scott, a showdown was imminent between Wilder, who became the designated contender for the WBC heavyweight title, and Bermane Stiverne, a newly crowned champion. Wilder’s winning streak was nowhere close to an end as he defeated Jason Gavern in August 2014. By January 2015, Wilder fought in yet another exciting match, in the Return to Glory bout against WBC heavyweight champion, Bermane Stiverne. After a twelve round bout, Wilder was declared winner by the judges’ collective decision.
His victory made him the WBC heavyweight champion. In a memorable event, Wilder dedicated his win to his disabled daughter and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, his boxing hero. For his win, Wilder was rewarded with $1 million. After the fight, in a tide of events, he cut ties with Golden Boy Promotions and appointed Al Haymon his manager. After Wilder made public his decision to hold his first title defense bout in Alabama, he went with Eric Molina as his opponent. The fight which attracted a large amount of spectators, was the first heavyweight bout held in Alabama and sold-out spectators of 9,347 in attendance.
Wilder emerged victorious and was awarded $1.4 million for his win. His next title defence bout took place in August 2015 in a fight against Johann Duhaupas. The fight which was held in Alabama had 8,471 in attendance. Wilder emerged winner and was rewarded the sum of $1.4 million for his triumph. In December 2015, he defended his title against Artur Szpilka, a boxer from Poland. In the course of the fight, Artur Szpilka slipped into unconsciousness following a punch from Wilder, which brought the fight to an abrupt end. At the end of the bout, Tyson Fury made his way into the ring and had a fierce exchange with Wilder. Wilder told the press in a post-match address, that he was displeased by Artur Szpilka unconsciousness. Artur Szpilka eventually gained consciousness. For his triumph, Wilder was awarded $1.5 million.
His knockout was regarded, Premier Boxing Champion Knockout of The Year. Wilder’s next encounter was against Alexander Povetkin, but the fight plans were hampered after Alexander Povetkin tested positive to meldonium. His next fight took place in May 2016, against Chris Arreola, Wilder emerged victorious. Wilder won with torn biceps ans some complication to his right hand after the fight. A surgery was necessary to fix his injuries which ruled him out of action for the rest of the year. He was awarded $1.4 million for his triumph. Wilder did not recover until November 2016, he was scheduled to face Andrzej Wawrzyk in a bid to defend his title. But after Andrzej Wawrzyk flopped at his drug tests, Wilder’s got a new opponent Gerald Washington.
In February 2017, Wilder took on Gerald Washington in Alabama, in front of 12,346 spectators. He emerged winner and received $900,000 for his win. In February 2017, a contest between Wilder and Bermane Stiverne was negotiated. But the fight was delayed, it later took place in October 2017 as a result of Bermane Stiverne missing a drug test. In another fight between Wilder and Stiverne, Wilder knocked down Stiverne by knockout in front of 10,924 spectators. He was paid $1.4 million from the fight. Another fight between Wilder and Luis Ortiz had since been negotiated, dating back 2017, but it didn’t go down well as a result of Luis Ortiz failed drug tests.
An agreement was finally reached for the fight to take place in March 2018. Wilder came so close to losing the fight in round 7. In round 10, of the fight, he knocked out Ortiz. The fight had 14,069 spectators in attendance. He was paid $2.1 million for his triumph, a record high career earning. In December 2018, a much-anticipated fight between Wilder and boxing veteran Tyson Fury went down at the Staples Center with 17,698 in attendance. The fight was a tough one and they both struggled through the contest. The judges, Phil Edwards from Britain, ruled in favor of both with a score of 113, a draw, Alejandro Rochin, the Mexican referee, scored the fighters 115–111 in favor of Wilder and Robert Tapper, another Canadian referee judged both fighters, 114–112 in favour of Fury. The fight eventually ended with no winner.
The fighters would eventually reach out to Anthony Joshua,declaring that they were two best heavyweight fighters in the world. In May 2019, he went on to defeat Dominic Breazeale by knockout retaining his WBC heavyweight title. He then proceeded to fight Luis Ortiz in a rematch and defeated the boxer in the 7th round by knockout.
On 22 January 2020, took on Tyson Fury in yet another match of their 2018 boxing bout which is recorded as Wilder’s first career draw. This time, Wilder took a fall like many greats with a long history of winning. He lost his WBC heavyweight title to Fury in the 7th round by technical knockout.
Deontay Wilder Relationship Spouse, Relationship, Personal Life
The king of the rings is a proud father to 5 children. His first daughter Naieya Wilder was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition which has stripped many of their ability to walk. Wilder has had romantic ties with several women. For all we may know, Helen Duncan was Wilder’s first love. The relationship saw the best of times, the couple welcomed their first daughter Naieya in 2005. After his long-term relationship with Helen came to an end, Wilder remarried his now ex-wife, Jessica Scales in 2009 and together they had three children before yet another divorce in 2017. It is rumored that they parted ways due to Wilder’s promiscuous life style. Wilder is currently engaged to his girlfriend, Telli Swift, a hot reality TV star famous for her appearance on WAGs Atlanta. Together they have a daughter, she was born on March 7, 2018. Wilder reportedly started dating Telli Swift since in 2015
Deontay Wilder Net Worth & Salary
Deontay Wilder’s net worth is reportedly estimated at $30 million according to reliable sources. In 2019, he earned $30 million from his fights. He has a sponsored deal with Everlast.
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