Deontay Wilder is a 30-million-dollar American heavyweight fighter. Deontay won the WBC heavyweight title for the first time in 2015, a belt he retained for several years. He ended a nine-year drought of American heavyweight champions, the longest such skid in the sport’s history.
Deontay’s most famous paydays were $2 million for the first Luis Ortiz fight, $10 million for the first Tyson Fury fight, $10 million for Dominic Breazeale, and $20 million for the rematch Luis Ortiz, and $28 million for the rematch with Tyson Fury.
Deontay’s career earnings exceeded $70 million when the Fury rematch occurred in February 2020. Deontay made $45 million between June 2019 and June 2020.
Deontay Wilder Childhood:
Deontay Wilder was born on October 22, 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004. He aspired to play football and basketball at The University of Alabama during his senior year.
He had a daughter with his then-girlfriend Helen Duncan in 2005. Their daughter was born with Spina Bifida, and due to her health concerns, she was unable to attend The University of Alabama.
Rather than that, he enrolled in Shelton State Community College to be near his daughter. Deontay was forced to abandon his goals of playing division 1 collegiate basketball and football due to the decision.
As he recovered from melancholy, he opted to abandon basketball and football in favor of boxing. Surprisingly, he did not begin boxing training until twenty years old.
He dominated the boxing world two years later, winning the National Golden Gloves and the United States Championships. He later won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Wilder’s amateur record stood at around 30 – 5.
Deontay Wilder Career:
Deontay made his professional debut in November 2008, at 23. He defeated his opponent in his first battle via TKO. The next year, he fought nine times, winning each match in the first round.
He amassed a 25-fight winning run between 2009 and 2012. Each of the fights was decided in the fourth round.
On December 15, 2012, he fought for the first time in a significant professional bout against Kelvin Price, who entered the bout with a 13–0 record. Kelvin was knocked unconscious by Deontay.
Deontay’s winning run lasted from 2013 until late 2018, with important victories against Audley Harrison, Jason Gavern, and Chris Arreola.
Deontay knocked out Bermane Stiverne in the first round on November 4, 2017. On March 3, 2018, he successfully defended his championship by defeating Luis Ortiz in the tenth round. He was guaranteed a career-high $2 million for the bout.
Deontay Wilder’s Private Life:
Deontay is the father of eight children. With his ex-wife Jessica Scales-Wilder, he has two girls and a son. Deontay is engaged to television star Telli Swift, who was featured on the television show “WAGS Atlanta” at this writing. Marsellos, his younger brother, is also a professional boxer.