Deontay Wilder is an American fighter born in 1985 whose career in professional boxing was spawned by a win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he won bronze and earned the nickname “Bronze Bomber.” On January 2015, Wilder fought against WBC Champion of the time, Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and won after twelve rounds landing 37% of the punches against Stiverne’s 34%.
When he claimed the title, he became the first American WBC champion in nearly a decade ending the longest period an American had stayed off the title. He has an impressive undefeated ten-year streak.
Next Bout: Wilder vs. Ortiz
In May this year, Deontay Wilder defends his WBC against American fighter Dominic Ortiz. This will be the ninth time he is defending the title ever since he won it in 2015. This fight was as a result of a challenge posed by Ortiz on the title. The two fighters have been going back and forth at each other over the past few years throwing insults at each other ever since they had a brawl at a hotel lobby back in 2017.
Wilder’s challenger has only lost once – to Anthony Joshua in 2016 – and won against Carlos Negron in December last year securing him a spot as Wilder’s challenger.
Deontay Wilder Boxing Records
Deontay has an impressive boxing score sheet winning in 40 of the 41 matches he has fought in his career, with one draw to still undefeated British fighter Tyson Fury. The American champion, whose incredible punching power and ruthless fighting skills have made the fighter a force to be both feared and revered in the fighting world as he relentlessly pursues and seeks to unify all the belts under a common factor; Wilder. The fighter hopes to be the world’s biggest name in boxing and is inspired by none other than Muhammad Ali himself. He has had an amazing boxing journey highlighted with one of the most exciting and entertaining bouts we have seen in recent years. The fighter does not shy away from the thrill of danger choosing to fight even opponents that have been banned by the WBC over drug and substance abuse. For Wilder, there is no level too low to stoop nor too high to reach in his quest to be the best fighter in the world.
Wilder vs. Fury (Dec 1, 2018)
The bout was hosted at the Staples Center in LA, California on 1st December 2018. While Wilder – undefeated – had the WBC title, Tyson Fury was also undefeated and a former WBA, IBO, The Ring, WBO and IBF champion. The fight ended in a controversial split with two Wilder having the upper hand with one of the judges (115-111), Fury in another’s scorecard (114-112) and a draw for both in the deciding card (113-113). Both have expressed a rematch in deciding who the better fighter is but a schedule is yet to be made with Wilder training his eyes on a Joshua fight within the year. This is the only draw Wilder has had that saw him retain his title.
Wilder vs. Ortiz (Mar 3, 2018)
This fight, which took place on March 3rd, 2018, secured Wilder’s place as a great fighter when he felled Cuban fighter Luis Ortiz by a knockout in the tenth round at the Barclays Center. This fight is among the most challenging Wilder had been in and was dominated for nearly half of the fight by Ortiz.
This was a huge gamble, and dangerous fight choice for Wilder as Ortiz had failed drug tests more than twice by the time they fought having been banned by WBC once already. This shows his reluctance to give away the title and hunger to gain as much fighting skills before he meets up with Joshua later in the year.
Wilder vs. Stiverne II (Nov 4, 2017)
This fight was ordered by the WBC on February 27, 2017, and after the Wilder vs. Ortiz fight was canceled due to Ortiz’s use of performance enhancement drugs, was announced on October 5th by ShowTime.
On 4th November 2017, the bout was hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The former WBC champion was crushed within the first round and was the first time Stiverne was fighting since his defeat to Wilder in 2015. He was out of form in the fight and was seen in the demolition that he got from the current title holder. He has been out of action ever since.
Wilder vs. Molina (Jun 13, 2015)
Wilder’s first defense to the title came about four months after his win and was against Mexican-American fighter Eric Molina. The fight took place at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama which is Wilder’s home state and went on for nine rounds with a total knockout. Wilder landed 47% off the punches while Molina landed just 26%.
Deontay Wilder is a formidable fighter and strong opponent for anyone who fights him, and with such an amazing score sheet and performance in the ring, the odds for him winning against Ortiz are high. He should also not be underrated having lost only to the current biggest name in boxing Anthony Joshua. This fight ought to be entertaining enough to have us glued to the screens and the ring on 18th.