Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder is an American heavyweight boxer best known for winning two major national titles in 2007 and for being the only American boxer to win a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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Boxer Wilder beats Povetkin in U.S. trial over canceled fight
Yahoo News - 7 days
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has won a fight with Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin - not in the ring, but in the courthouse - in a trial over a title bout that was called off after the Russian tested positive for a banned substance. After less than an hour, a federal jury in Manhattan on Monday ruled in favor of Wilder in a civil trial, finding that Povetkin ingested meldonium after a World Anti-Doping Agency ban of the drug went into effect in January 2016. Lawyers for Wilder and promoter DiBella Entertainment Inc had argued that Povetkin's positive urine test came after three negative ones earlier in April, which meant that the Russian took the drug after passing the earlier tests.
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Boxers Wilder, Povetkin face-off in court after canceled fight
Yahoo News - 13 days
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder and Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin battled in court on Tuesday, at a trial over a title bout that was called off after the Russian tested positive for a banned substance. The boxers sat on opposing sides of a Manhattan federal courtroom as jurors heard their attorneys give opening statements in a trial focused on whether Povetkin ingested meldonium after a World Anti-Doping Agency ban of the drug went into effect in January 2016. Judd Burstein, a lawyer for American Wilder and promoter DiBella Entertainment Inc, told jurors that positive urine test came after three negative ones earlier in April, which meant that Povetkin took the drug after passing the earlier tests.
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Unbeaten Washington named Wilder's fill-in foe
Yahoo News - 21 days
Undefeated American Gerald Washington was named Monday as the new challenger for unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder in a February 25 title bout at Birmingham, Alabama, promoters announced. Wilder, 37-0 with 36 knockouts, was to have defended his World Boxing Council crown against Poland's Andrzej Wawrzyk, 33-1 with 19 knockouts, but the European fighter tested positive for a banned substance. Washington is 18-0 with one drawn and has fought mainly in southern California, his longest journey leading to a knockout of Ray Austin on the undercard of a Wilder title bout last July in Birmingham.
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Unbeaten Wilder loses another boxing foe to doping
Yahoo News - 26 days
Undefeated World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is looking for a last-minute replacement challenger after losing a scheduled ring rival to doping for the second time in his career. Poland's Andrzej Wawrzyk, who was set to fight Wilder in his home region on February 25 at Birmingham, Alabama, failed a doping test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Lou DiBella, Wilder's promoter, vowed the February 25 card will be staged with a new rival.
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World Boxing Council pleased with cooperation of champions, top fighters in drug-testing program
LATimes - 2 months
The World Boxing Council revealed Thursday that all but one of its champions has enrolled in the sanctioning body’s Clean Boxing Program, which mandates yearlong, round-the-clock scrutiny of the fighters. WBC champions include middleweight Gennady Golovkin, heavyweight Deontay Wilder and super-flyweight...
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Scorecard: Joshua, Mares, Charlo and Crawford shine on busy weekend
ABC News - 2 months
A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world: Saturday at Manchester, England Anthony Joshua TKO3 Eric Molina -- Fight recap Retains a heavyweight title Records: Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs); Molina (25-4, 19 KOs) Rafael's remarks: Making his second title defense, England's Joshua, 27, blew out Molina, 34, of Raymondville, Texas, as expected. What added to the significance of the bout was what was at stake besides Joshua's belt -- he had to win to set up a mega fight with former champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, at Wembley Stadium in London. Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), who has not fought since losing his belts by decision to Tyson Fury in November 2015, was ringside and watched as Joshua destroyed Molina much more easily than titlist Deontay Wilder did in June 2015, in a fight with some anxious moments before a ninth-round knockout win. After...
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Luis Ortiz: 'I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world'
ABC News - 3 months
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury commands tremendous attention from boxing fans, but these days for all the wrong reasons -- the drug, alcohol and mental health issues that caused him to vacate his alphabet titles last month. Former champion Wladimir Klitschko also receives enormous attention, which is no surprise given that he was world champion for nearly 10 years before losing his belts in a big upset to Fury last November. Titleholders Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua also have plenty of the spotlight, and for good reason: They are both charismatic knockout artists with big fan bases who also talk a good game. And then there is the 6-foot-4, 240-pound powerhouse Luis "King Kong" Ortiz, perhaps the best of all the big men but a guy who receives a fraction of the limelight of the others. He certainly appears to be the most feared fighter in the division because none of the other top big men dare mention his name. So...
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Britain's Joshua to defend heavyweight title against Molina
Yahoo News - 4 months
Britain's Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title against Eric Molina of the United States in Manchester on December 10, it was announced Tuesday. There had been hopes that the unbeaten Joshua, 26, might face Wladimir Klitschko after the former heavyweight champion's re-match with Tyson Fury, was postponed. Molina, a 34-year-old Texan, has won 25 of his 28 professional contests and took World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Deontay Wilder to the ninth round before being stopped last year.
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King proposes Congo as site for Stiverne-Povetkin
Yahoo News - 6 months
Don King has suggested paying homage to Muhammad Ali by holding a World Boxing Council mandated heavyweight bout between Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Povetkin in The Democratic Republic of Congo or the Philippines. The legendary King, who promotes WBC No.2-ranked heavyweight Stiverne, issued a statement Thursday suggesting the Canadian will meet top-ranked Povetkin before the end of the year to decide the next challenger to currently injured world champion Deontay Wilder. Wilder suffered a broken hand and torn biceps muscle in his July knockout of Chris Arreola.
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Deontay Wilder survives broken hand, torn muscle to keep heavyweight title
CBS News - 7 months
Wilder said he broke his right hand during the fight and had a torn muscle in that biceps as well
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Unbeaten Wilder to defend crown against Arreola
Yahoo News - 8 months
Unbeaten Deontay Wilder will risk his World Boxing Council heavyweight title next month against fellow American Chris Arreola, who has only one win in his past four fights. Wilder, 36-0 with 35 knockouts, will make his fourth title defense on July 16 in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, against Arreola, 36-4 with one draw and 31 knockouts. Arreola had a win over Travis Kauffman changed to no decision after a marijuana positive and drew with Fred Kassi in his prior bout.
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Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend belt at home versus Riverside's Chris Arreola on Fox
LATimes - 8 months
Deontay Wilder was prepared to travel thousands of miles for his next title defense. Turns out, he’ll stay at home. Premier Boxing Champions announced Monday that Wilder will defend his World Boxing Council heavyweight belt July 16 against Riverside’s Chris Arreola on a Fox-televised primetime...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Deontay Wilder
  • 2016
    Age 30
    As of July 2016, Wilder is ranked the world's third best heavyweight by The Ring magazine and BoxRec, and fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
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    Wilder was due to make the fourth defence of his WBC heavyweight title against former WBA champion and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) on 21 May 2016 at the Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Povetkin was considered by many to be Wilder's toughest opponent to date, and was on a four-fight knockout streak since suffering his only defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in late 2013. Wilder didn't seem to be worried by the defence and just sees this as a big name in the Heavyweight division that he could add to his legacy, "Going to Russia is going to be nothing for me, I'm going to treat it like it's the U.S. because at the end of the day, it's one man, one ring. When I knock him out and come back, it's going to bring my legacy even bigger than it is now." He also added, "I think this is going to be an easier fight than Stiverne, I really believe that. To be proven wrong, we're going to find out." However, a week before the fight on May 14, it was reported that Povetkin had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Promotor Andrei Ryabinsky added that Povetkin did take meldonium last year, but stopped before it was banned, and only "leftover traces of meldonium at a very low concentration (70 nanograms)" were found in a blood sample given by the 36-year-old last month. Hours after Wilder and his team skipped their flight to Moscow, the WBC, having little choice with the titleholder preparing to return home, to postponed the fight. Jay Deas, Wilder's manager and trainer, said the fight is off as did promoter Lou DiBella.
    Wilder made his third defence on January 16, 2016 against Polish Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York infront of 12,668 mostly pro Polish fans.
    More Details Hide Details Szpilka looked very strong as the bout began, and won the first three rounds with his awkward southpaw stance, rapid foot movement, and unique talent of slipping punches. Szpilka made Wilder appear somewhat wild with his punches, as Wilder missed 175 punches thrown at Szpilka, mostly head punches. Entering round nine, Szpilka, aware from the ring commentators he could no longer win the fight on the cards, changed strategy and took a gamble. Going to the inside, Szpilka swung for the rafters, but Wilder, read Szpilka and landed first with a powerful right hand to the face. Szpilka fell suddenly to the canvas knocked out, both fighters appeared horribly out of position. Unconscious on the canvas, Szpilka's head jerked backwards in a reflex motion, the frightful moment abruptly ending the competitive contest and sending the ringside physicians and emergency medical personnel immediately into the ring. After the fight, newly crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury entered the ring going face to face in a heated verbal exchange with Wilder, calling him out. In the post fight press conference, WIlder gave himself a 5 on a scale of 10 for his performance. Wilder was not in a celebratory mood and claimed his concerns for Szpilka meant he was not in the mood for the confrontation with Fury at the time. The bout over, Wilder explained "We risk our lives in there for your entertainment.
  • 2015
    Age 29
    On June 13, 2015 Wilder made his first defence of his new title against Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) at Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first heavyweight title fight held in the state of Alabama with an attendance of 9,347. Molina was aiming to become the first Mexican-American World Heavyweight champion in history. Wilder dominated, knocking down Molina near the end of round four, twice in the fifth, and knocking him out on his back in the ninth round. Wilder had respect for Molina after the bout, stating "I was really surprised he kept coming and hanging in there. A lot of people said he wouldn't even be around, he wouldn't last. There were a lot of doubters, but he showed a lot of heart, and I needed that kind of guy to fight here in Alabama." Wilder was ahead on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage (90-77, 89-78 twice). On September 26, Wilder beat Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) by TKO in the 11th round at the Legacy Arena, Alabama. Duhaupas, who was battered and bloodied claims he still had plenty of fight left when referee Jack Reiss waved off his brave challenge. Duhaupas who had never been stopped before in his career inside the distance. Wilder was ahead on all judges scorecards at the time of stoppage (99-90,100-90, 99-91).
    In January 2015, billed as 'Return to Glory, Wilder fought Stiverne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and made his dream a reality by winning the WBC heavyweight title from the defending champion by unanimous decision after twelve rounds.
    More Details Hide Details The three official judges scored it (118-109), (119-108) & (120-107). Stiverne landed 110 of 327 punches (34%) with Wilder landing 227 of 621 punches (37%). This was the first real proof to critics that Wilder could go the distance and could box, as up to that point he had finished all opponents inside the distance. After the fight, Wilder dedicated his win to his disabled daughter, and to his boxing hero Muhammad Ali, who had turned 73 years old that same day.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    From his professional debut to August 2014, he racked up an impressive 32-fight win streak, winning all contests by knockout and all within four rounds; with notable stoppages of former WBA heavyweight title challenger (27-10, 20 KOs) Owen Beck, and former European heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist (31-6, 23 KOs) Audley Harrison.
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    In March 2014, Wilder beat fellow American Malik Scott by first round knockout.
    More Details Hide Details This set up his position as mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title held by new champion Bermane Stiverne, who had defeated Chris Arreola for the title vacated by the retiring Vitali Klitschko.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    On August 9, 2013 Wilder pushed his knockout streak to 29 fights by knocking out former WBO heavyweight champion Sirahei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) in round one of a Showtime main event.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    Wilder turned professional on November 15, 2008.
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    Wilder then competed at heavyweight in the 2008 Olympics, defeating Abdelaziz Touilbini of Algeria and Mohamed Arjaoui of Morocco before losing to Clemente Russo of Italy in the semi final to earn a bronze medal. Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics: 2007 AIBA World Boxing Championships:
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    Early in 2008 he scored a career-best win by edging out World Gold medalist and future Olympic champion Rakhim Chakhiyev in Russia.
    More Details Hide Details He qualified for the Olympics by beating Deivis Julio 6:5 Jorge Quinones from Ecuador on double countback and Brazilian Rafael Lima 6:5 at the qualifier.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    By 2007 he upset the favorites to win both the National Golden Gloves and the US championships at 201 lb (91 kg).
    More Details Hide Details At the Golden Gloves he defeated highly touted cadet world champion Isiah Thomas - a southpaw from Detroit - and David Thompson, of Brooklyn, N.Y in the finals. At the U.S. championship he defeated Quantis Graves and won the final 31-15 over southpaw James Zimmerman of San Jose, Calif. At the Olympic trials he beat Graves twice more and won the Olympic trials in only 21 bouts.
  • 2005
    Age 19
    Wilder started boxing in October 2005 when he entered Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama and began training under Jay Deas.
    More Details Hide Details Wilder was 19 at the time, which was considered late to start training.
  • 1985
    Born on October 22, 1985.
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