Who is Deontay Wilder?

Deontay Wilder is a competitive boxer in America. He was born on October 22, 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US. He is the first American world heavyweight champion. Since 2015. he has been holding the WBC heavyweight title.

Deontay was born as Deontay Leshun Wilder with the birth sign Libra. With the height of 6 feet 7 inches, he has been able to maintain his body fit. He holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to Afro-American.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameDeontay Wilder
Birth DateOctober 22, 1985
Birth PlaceTuscaloosa, Alabama, US
Birth NameDeontay Leshun Wilder
Star SignLibra
Height6 feet 7 inches
Marital StatusJessica Scales (Divorced)
Telli Swift (Engaged)

Deontay Wilder

Early Life

For his education, Deontay attended the Tuscaloosa Central High School. During his high school, he wanted to be a footballer or basketball player, and make it his career. Also, he had an interest in playing for the “Alabama Crimson Tide” for his hometown.

However, he had to do an early marriage, due to which he had many responsibilities. Moreover, he did many works for supporting his family, as his daughter also suffered from spinal defects, and he needed money. Subsequently, he worked as a driver for the “Greene Beverage Company”. Also, he had to let go of his dreams. Eventually, for earning the money, he chose to be a boxer.

Professional Career

Deontay started his professional career in October 2005, joining the “Skyy Boxing Gym”, training under Jay Deas. Meanwhile, in 2007, he went for the “National Golden Gloves” competition and won against David Thompson and Isiah Thomas. Also, in the same year, he entered the “US Amateur Boxing Championship”. Moreover, he won the championship, and also won the “Olympic Games”. In 2008, Deontay made his career-high, and also qualified for 2008, “Summer Olympics”.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay played the professional boxing for the first time on November 15, 2008, in “Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium”. Likewise, in 2009, he played seven matches and won all of them. He was then an established boxer by October 2012. Moreover, he won his first professional boxing title on December 15, 2012. Likewise, he had a match with the former “Olympic” gold medalist in 2013, and Deontay won the match in the first round.

More About His Career

Likewise, in February 2014, he defeated an American boxer, Malik Scott. He defeated Malik and took over the challenge for the “WBC” heavyweight title. Meanwhile, he won the “WBC” heavyweight title defending Stiverne in 2015. In December 2015, he defended the title against the Polish boxer Artur Szpilka. During the fight, Szpilka became hospitalized, and Deontay apologized publicly.

Eventually, in June 2016, Deontay defeated Chris Arreola. However, during the fight, his right hand and his biceps were injured. He underwent two surgeries. In February 2017, he fought against Gerald Washington. Gerald hit strong punches at starting, and also Deontay gave a few power shots, due to which the referee stopped the game. The match was shown on the “Fox” channel and was one of the most-watched fights of 2017.

Furthermore, Deontay Wilder played with Tyson Fury on December 1, 2018. They ended up with a draw. Similarly, in March 2018, Wilder fought against Luis Ortiz. Deontay injured during the fight. However, he made a comeback and injured the right hand of Ortiz. The fight was also stopped by the referee. The judges declared Deontay as the winner.

Deontay Wilder

Personal Life of Deontay Wilder

Previously, Deontay married Jessica Scales, in 2009. The couple also had two sons and two daughters together. However, the couple separated later.

Currently, he engaged Telli Swift. Also, they have a baby together, born in February 2018.

Net Worth

Deontay Wilder, earning massive popularity, he also has been able to gain a handsome amount of money. His net worth is estimated to be about $20 million.