Tyson Fury hasn’t even fought his second fight after his boxing comeback, but the Gypsy King has already claimed that a deal has been agreed for him to fight the WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December.
‘It’s finally going to happen, providing I beat Pienata,’ Tyson Fury told Behind The Gloves.
Fury’s claim comes after current WBO champion Anthony Joshua tried and failed to get Wilder to fight in the UK.
The Alabama-born WBC champion is undefeated in 40 fights, 39 of which are by knockouts
The Alabama fighter became the first American in nine years to win a title when he defeated WBC champion Bermane Stiverne in Las Vegas in 2015 at the age of 29, an incredible achievement for someone who only started boxing at the age of 20.
Here is all you need to know about the ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder including who he is, his net worth, his boxing stats including height, weight and reach, as well as his fight record.
Who is Deontay Wilder?
Deontay Leshun Wilder was born on October 22, 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wilder told CBS Local Sports that he grew up in a good, middle class family, attending church every week. He is the second oldest child of five; he has three sisters and one brother.
As a child, Wilder wanted to play football for the University of Alabama’s football team, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
‘Growing up here, there are no professional teams,’ Wilder said in a Bleacher Report interview. ‘Everything is about Alabama football. As a child, your hopes and dreams center around playing for those guys.’
Wilder wanted to go to University of Alabama but those plans changed when his daughter Naieya was born on March 25, 2005 and was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition that features a defective spine and usually confines the person to a wheelchair.
‘Most kids are in wheelchairs from that condition. But you can’t even tell she has it. I told her God has ideas for her, no matter what the doctors say. She runs and walks, she does gymnastics. She’s 10 now,’ Wilder told CBS Local Sports in 2015.
Wilder worked a series of menial jobs including waiting tables at IHOP before a brainstorming session led him to boxing.
‘I was ignorant to the sport and how it worked. I thought every man who stepped into the ring made a lot of money. I didn’t know it was a process,’ Wilder said.
‘I knew I had good skills, good hands, streetwise. But that only goes so far in this jungle I call the ring.’
Wilder was 20 when he first stepped into a boxing gym and 21 when he first put on boxing gloves.
Two years later he won the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight title as well as the US Amateur Heavyweight championship.
He managed to win the Olympic trials to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics despite having only fought 20 times as an amateur. At the actual Olympics, Wilder made the podium, winning the bronze, hence his nickname ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Wilder turned professional that fall and won 32 fights in a row, all by knockout. The 33rd fight was the challenge for Stiverne’s WBC belt, which was decided by a unanimous decision in Wilder’s favour.
The boxer has since fought Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington, Bermane Stiverne again, and most recently Luis Ortiz.
What is Deontay Wilder’s net worth?
Deontay Wilder’s net worth is estimated to be $16 million (£12.3m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The Bronze Bomber earnt $2.5 million (£1.9m) from his last two fights against Ortiz and Stiverne alone.
That marked a significant increase on the $900,000 (£686k) Wilder made from the Gerald Washington fight in February 2017.
The most Wilder has earnt from a fight so far was in 2016 when Wilder got $1.5 million (£1.1m) for his fight against Szpilka.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury
It is looking increasingly likely that Deontay Wilder’s next fight will be against Tyson Fury in December, although rumours of a mandatory challenger in the shape of American Dominic Breazeale continue to swirl.
However, Fury is confident of a December fight against Wilder. ‘It’s been very very easy to make this fight,’ Fury said.
‘I’ve heard these promoters speaking bull**** that he’s (Wilder) been making demands that can’t be met, but I haven’t found that to be the case at all.
‘We have basically done this deal in two days. It has been the most straightforward and least complicated deal I have ever done and found him and his team gentlemen to deal with.’
Deontay Wilder’s boxing record
Deontay Wilder is undefeated in 40 professional fights. Thirty-nine of those fights have been wins by knockout while his 2015 WBC victory was won by a unanimous decision.
Wilder averages a knockout every 22 minutes and 25 seconds.
Deontay Wilder’s height, weight and reach
Deontay Wilder stands at 6ft7 (201cm) and has a reach of 83 inches (211cm).
Wilder has been losing weight since at least January 2016, when he faced Artur Szpilka weighing in at 16st 4lbs.
His last fight in March 2018 against Ortiz, Wilder weighed a surprisingly low 15st 5lbs.
Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua
After Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker in March 2018 in a unification match to win the WBO belt, all eyes turned to Deontay Wilder—or rather his WBC belt.
A fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder would have resulted in the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world—a boxer who holds all four belts in the division—since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
However talks quickly broke down over everything from Joshua’s purse to the choice of venue.
At one point, Wilder’s team offered Joshua $50 million (£37m) to fight in a venue of Wilder’s choice. However, the Brit held firm for a UK location.
A potential fight in autumn went out the window when Alexander Povetkin emerged as a mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA title. Joshua will fight the Russian on September 22.
However, at the end of July, Joshua admitted that a Wilder fight was still on the cards, saying that he would be ‘very annoyed’ if a deal couldn’t be agreed.
‘Me and Wilder is the best fight in the division right now, not me and Povetkin,’ Joshua said. ‘The deal to fight Wilder is still on the table, if it was written off I’d be very annoyed’
‘I want the big one, I am looking past Povetkin now. I want the big guns. I am going to walk through Povetkin and for Wilder the date and location is here.,’ he added.