Deontay Wilder is an American professional boxer. He held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, making ten successful defenses. By winning the title, Wilder became the first American world heavyweight champion since 2004, which was the longest period of time in boxing history without an American heavyweight champion.
Who is Deontay Wilder?
Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder is the former WBC heavyweight champion of the world, and is considered the most powerful puncher in the sport.
An astonishing 41 of the 35-year-old's 42 career victories have come by way of knockout, though his most famous knockdown punch was defied by Fury, who rose from the canvas in the final round of their first fight, having looked out for the count.
The man from Alabama was undefeated before Fury beat him in their rematch last year.
Wilder started boxing in October 2005, when he entered Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama, and began training under Jay Deas. Wilder was 20 at that time.
By 2007, he upset the favorites to win both the National Golden Gloves and the US championships at 201 lb (91 kg).
At the Golden Gloves, he defeated highly touted cadet world champion Isiah Thomas, a southpaw from Detroit, and David Thompson, of Brooklyn, in the finals. At the U.S. championship he defeated Quantis Graves and won the final 31–15 over southpaw James Zimmerman of San Jose, California.
At the Olympic trials, he beat Graves twice more and won the Olympic trials in only 21 bouts. Early in 2008 he scored a career-best win by edging out world championship silver medalist and future Olympic champion Rakhim Chakhiyev in Russia. He qualified for the Olympics by beating Deivis Julio 6:5 Jorge Quinones from Ecuador on double countback and Brazilian Rafael Lima 6:5 at the qualifier.