Deontay Leshun Wilder was born in Alabama, USA, to Gary Wilder a preacher, and Natasha Wilder. Wilder comes from a line of preachers, his grandmother and Father are both preachers. He was born on October 22, 1985.
Initially, Wilder wanted to be a footballer or a basketballer, but the birth of his oldest daughter forced him to focus on his boxing career. Luckily that paid off as Wilder is recorded as having a total of 20 knockouts in the first round. His knockout to win percentage stands at 97.61%, which is the fifth-highest in heavyweight history.
Deontay Wilder started his boxing career at the late age of 20. However that hasn’t impeded his performance on the ring in anyway. He has recorded a total of 45 matches till date with only 2 losses and 1 draw, winning the rest. His nickname is ‘Bronze bomber’ and this was gotten after his first amateur match.
Wilder is a father of eight children. The first child was born to him by an ex-girlfriend Helen Duncan in 2005. In 2009 Wilder got married to Jessica Scales- Wilder and gave birth to a son and two daughters, unfortunately, the marriage came to an end in 2017. He is currently engaged to Telli Swift and they have a son together.
Nigerian ancestry and roots.
Wilder has claimed that he’s from the Edo tribe in Nigeria. He maintains that he will go back to Nigeria and try to know his roots
Career achievements in and out of the ring.
Wilder has a total fought a total of 45 matches, losing only two and getting one draw. His nickname ‘ Bronze bomber’ was given to him when he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division in 2008. He is a three times winner of the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the year award(2016,2017,2019).
He is the winner of the Ring magazine Knockout of the year (2019). He held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, making him the first American world heavyweight champion since 2007. He is ranked as the world’s fourth-best active heavyweight champion.
Deontay Wilder Net worth 2021
Deontay Wilder has a net worth of $30 million as of 2021.