Everything you need to know about former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
|October 22nd, 1985
|The Bronze Bomber
Deontay Wilder's amateur career took him to the 2008 Olympic Games, where he won a bronze medal in Beijing.
Twelve months earlier, the American had won a Golden Gloves medal in Chattanooga and, after his success in China, he soon decided to turn professional.
His debut came in Tennessee in November 2008, and his second-round victory over Ethan Cox was the start of a hugely successful career.
Wilder won the first 40 fights of his career, with only one of his opponents able to reach the final bell.
Alabama native Wilder claimed his first world title in 2015 when he beat Bermane Stiverne on points for the WBC heavyweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Stiverne had held the title for less than a year after his win over Chris Arreola, but Wilder proved too much for him as he did enough to convince the judges.
Wilder held on to the WBC strap until 2020, and he even managed to add Stiverne to his list of knockout victims, stopping him in 2017.
None of Wilder's first 40 opponents had any answers for his power and durability, but his winning run came to an end in 2018 when he faced British heavyweight Tyson Fury for the first time.
Fury outboxed his rival, but had to climb off the canvas before the fight was called a draw. Wilder returned to winning ways by stopping Dominic Breazeale and then Luis Ortiz, before Fury stopped him in their second fight in 2020 and then again in 2021.
Despite losing, Wilder played his part in one of boxing's best trilogies for many years, and he showed in all of those fights how tough and menacing he is, despite being nearly 40.
Wilder bounced back at the first opportunity last year, stopping Robert Helenius inside the first round of their contest in Brooklyn.
The American will always be remembered as one of the hardest one-handed punchers of all time, and a fourth fight against Fury will never be off the table due to their rivalry.
Wilder's next fight is yet to be determined.
Wilder was last in action on December 23, 2023, where he fought WBO Inter-Continential champion Joseph Parker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for his belt, as well as the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title. Wilder lost via unanimous decision, his third loss in his last four fights.
Wilder was born on October 22nd, 1985, making him 38 years old.
Wilder is 6'7", making him one of the tallest active heavyweights. His reach has been measured at 83", which has allowed him to generate enough power throughout his years, while keeping other fighters out of range.
Wilder's net worth is estimated to be $30million.