Deontay Wilder is the undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion of the world and he is taking on Tyson Fury for a second time this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His record stands at 43 fights for 42 wins with 1 draw and an incredible 41 wins have come via knock out!
In the lead up to one of the biggest fights in the Heavyweight division in recent years, we thought we would hit punters with 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Deontay Wilder.
1. He Was Beaten Five Times As An Amateur
Way back in 2007, Wilder won both the National Golden Gloves and U.S Championships at 91kg including wins over Isiah Thomas and James Zimmerman.
Although his professional career speaks for itself, with a 98% knockout record with 20 coming in the first round, he was knocked out by Evgeny Romanov in 2008.
Romanov is still undefeated as a professional, although he has never fought outside of Russia.
2. He Won An Olympic Bronze Medal
Deontay Wilder competed as a Heavyweight at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing claiming a bronze medal.
He lost in the semi-final to Clemente Russo of Italy, who went on to lose in the Gold Medal Bout.
Clemente never went pro, but he again won silver at the London Olympic games in 2012, losing to Oleksandr Usyk.
This bronze medal also lead to his nickname being The Bronze Bomber, which he coined after Joe Louis who was known as ‘The Brown Bomber’.
3. He Has Four Children
Wilder has 4 children from three separate relationships.
His first daughter was born in 2015 with then girlfriend Helen Duncan.
He then had two daughters and one son with Jessica Scales-Wilder whom he married in 2009 and later divorced.
He has one child with his current fiancee Telli Swift who was on the reality show, WAGS Atlanta.
4. He Aspired To Play Football or Basketball During High School
He had ambitions to play in the NFL as a wide receiver however his grades made it difficult to get into any college.
It was at this time that his first child was born who suffers from Spina Bifida so he concentrated on getting a job and supporting his family.
This video suggests he had a long way to go if he was to be paid to play basketball.
5. He Has Written A Children’s Book
‘Deontay Wilder The Future World Champ‘ is a book that was written to inspire young people to work hard and chase their dreams.
It is a book that is loosely based on Wilder’s own experiences and can be used as a tool to achieve greatness.
6. His Brother Is Also A Boxer
Just like his opponent this weekend Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder has a brother who boxes.
Marsellos Wilder fights in the cruiserweight division and has fought on the undercard of Deontay’s fights.
He has had eight fights, with two losses and a No Contest.
One of those defeats came on his big brother’s under card against Luis Ortiz in November 2019.
7. He Has Won Knockout Of The Year On Two Occasions
Premier Boxing has awarded him knockout of the year twice, in 2016 and 2017.
He won the award for a 9th round KO of Atur Szpilka as well as a vicious first round KO of Canadian Bermaine Stiverne.
8. He Worked Four Jobs While Being An Amateur
To earn enough money to support his disabled daughter, Wilder worked four jobs while he was training as an amateur.
He was a delivery driver for Budweiser among other jobs which also doubled as weight training!
9. He Pocketed $10 Million For Wilder vs Fury 1
He came in at #56 on the richest sportsperson in the world in 2019, with an estimated net worth of $30.5 million.
He earned a cool $10 million for his first fight with Tyson Fury as well as that same amount with his first round victory over Dominic Breazeale.
He earned $72,992.70 for every second his was in the ring against Breazeale.
10. He Is A Knockout King
Okay, this one you already knew.
He is one of the best KO artists that we have ever seen.
It was a good chance to link you to these incredible knockouts though.