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DEONTAY WILDER

Heavyweight

W43

HOMETOWN

  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

KO 42

STANCE

Orthodox

L 2

AGE

37

D 1

HEIGHT

6ft 7"
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About


Deontay Wilder is one of the most dominant and exciting heavyweight boxers of his generation. Born on October 22, 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder had a difficult upbringing, including a daughter born with spina bifida and his own struggles with poverty. Despite these challenges, he discovered a natural talent for boxing and began his journey towards becoming a world-class athlete.

Wilder had a relatively short amateur career, with only 30 fights, but he managed to win the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After turning pro in 2008, he quickly gained a reputation for his ferocious punching power, winning his first 32 fights by knockout. Notable fights include his victory over Bermane Stiverne in 2015, which saw him claim the WBC heavyweight title, and his unforgettable 2018 draw with Tyson Fury, in which he knocked Fury down twice but ultimately had to settle for a split decision.

Throughout his career, Wilder has amassed an impressive array of boxing accolades. He has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015 and has defended it successfully 10 times, tying him with Muhammad Ali for the most consecutive title defenses in the heavyweight division. He was also named the WBC Fighter of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.

Wilder is currently trained by former fighter and Olympic gold medalist Mark Breland, and his promoter is the renowned Al Haymon. However, Wilder has also been involved in some controversies during his career. In 2018, he was criticized for his comments on how he wanted to “catch a body” in the ring, which many people viewed as promoting violence. Additionally, after his loss to Fury in 2020, Wilder accused Fury of cheating, claiming that Fury’s gloves were tampered with and that there was a conspiracy against him. These comments were met with widespread skepticism and criticism.

Despite these controversies, Wilder remains one of the most exciting and talented boxers in the world today. His combination of raw power and technical skill make him a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division, and fans can’t wait to see what he will do next in the ring.

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