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Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder biography and net worth. Photo/ Sky Sports.
  • Deontay Wilder is a professional boxer from Alabama, U.S
  • He previously held the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title between 2015 and 2020
  • The Ring magazine ranks Wilder as the second-best active heavyweight

Deontay Wilder biography has a lot to tell about his early life, career, family, personal life and achievements.

Deontay Wilder is an American professional boxer who held the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title between 2015 and 2020. He is known as one of the longest-reigning world heavyweight champions in boxing.

The Ring magazine ranks Wilder as the second-best active heavyweight. The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, ESPN and BoxRec rank the American as the third-best active heavyweight in the world.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder. Photo/ Sky Sports.

Wilder is known for his punching power, which makes him rank among the hardest punchers in boxing. In fact, he has knocked out every opponent he has defeated. His knockout-to-win percentage is currently 97.67% and he boasts a professional boxing record of 43 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.

Deontay Wilder’s two defeats came against English professional boxer Tyson Fury. The one draw he has in his professional career was also against Tyson Fury.

Deontay Wilder Biography 

Full Name                           Deontay Leshun Wilder

Date of Birth                       October 22, 1985

Age                                       37

Place of Birth                     Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.

Height                                 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)

Nationality                        American

Occupation                        Professional boxer

Marital Status                  Unmarried

Early Life

Deontay Wilder biography has it that he was born on October 22, 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wilder is of African-American descent and not much is known about his early life.

He graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004 with the dreams of becoming a professional footballer or basketball player. However, an early marriage saw him do many jobs so as to provide for his family.


Deontay Wilder began his boxing career as an amateur in October, 2005. He was at the time 20 years old and used to train at Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama.

In 2007, he won the National Golden Gloves after defeating some of the well-known young boxers such as Isiah Thomas. That same year, he defeated southpaw James Zimmerman to win the US Championship at 91 kg.

Wilder competed at the 2008 Olympics as an heavyweight, winning bronze medal after losing to Clemente Russo in the semi-final. His amateur record is 30-5.

Now into the heart of Deontay Wilder biography, the American made his professional boxing debut on November 15, 2008, when he was 23 years old. He knocked out Ethan Cox in the second round at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wilder competed in several non-title fights until on December 15, 2012, when he defeated Kelvin Price to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight titles. He defended the title two times and then won the WBC heavyweight title on January 17, 2015, after defeating Bermane Stiverne.

The American retained his WBC heavyweight title ten times before eventually losing it to Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020. He faced Tyson Fury again on October 9, 2021, in an attempt to reclaim the WBC heavyweight title and also win The Ring heavyweight title but lost the fight.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Photo/ The Sun.

Deontay Wilder’s last fight was against Robert Helenius on October 15, 2022 at Barclays Center, New York City. Wilder knocked out his opponent with a short right hand in the first round.

Personal Life 

Deontay Wilder biography would be incomplete without talking about his personal life. Wilder comes from a family of preachers in Alabama. While growing up, Wilder attended church every week. He previously said that God is very important in his life.

Wilder, 37, is a father of eight children. His first child, born in 2005, has spina bifida. The boxer married Jessica Scales-Wilder in 2009 and together they had two daughters and a son before divorcing. He is currently engaged to Telli Swift, with whom he has a child.


Who is Deontay Wilder? 

Deontay Wilder is an American professional boxer from Alabama, U.S.

Who is Deontay Wilder fighting next? 

Trainer Malik Scott revealed in January that Deontay Wilder’s next fight will be against Andy Ruiz or ‘mystery opponent’ after Anthony Joshua’s team decided to have separate comeback bout.

What is Deontay Wilder record? 

Deontay Wilder’s boxing record stands at 43-2-1 (42 KO wins, 2 KO losses).

What is Deontay Wilder known for? 

Deontay Wilder is known for his exceptional punching power, having knocked out every opponent he has defeated in the ring.

What is Deontay Wilder’s net worth? 

As of February 2023, Deontay Wilder’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million, as per Wealthy Gorilla.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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