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Everything About Deontay Wilder’s Daughter Naieya Who Had Spina Bifida

Published 10/12/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

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In a few days, ‘The Bronze Bomber,’ Deontay Wilder will make his comeback to the ring. At the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, he, 36, will fight Robert Helenius, 38. In his over a decade-long career in pro boxing, Wilder has fought 45 fights. Of all the matches fought, he has 1 draw, only 2 losses, and 42 wins.

The fighter, hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has formerly held the WBC heavyweight title. In total, Wilder had 10 successful title defenses prior to fighting Tyson Fury. Speaking of motivation in his life, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ looks up to his kids. His elder daughter, Naieya Wilder, is a source of inspiration and life.


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Naieya was born in 2005, the same year Wilder dropped out of junior college and buried his football dreams. Wilder was only 19, and his life had taken an unexpected turn. In addition, the news that his daughter would be born with a condition called spina bifida scared him. However, Naiyea arrived with blessings and inspired her young dad to become the first American heavyweight champion in nine years inside the ring.

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“I love my children to death. That is why I am building for them. I am building for them. Everything I do is for them. I am going to make sure they have the best of the best. That is why no matter who gets in the ring with Deontay Wilder, they will be in for the fight of their lives,” Wilder had said.

Who is Naieya Wilder?

Naieya Wilder is the daughter of Deonaty Wilder and Helen Duncan. She was born on March 20, 2005. She is currently 17 years old and one of the biggest inspirations in her father Wilder’s career and life. Naieya was born with a condition called spina bifida and her doctors had said she would never walk in her life.

Contrary to her doctors’ belief, the spirited Naieya grew up to confront and surpass obstacles prophesied at her birth. Wilder, in an old interview, had said Naieya’s motor skills and learning abilities had belied the fact that she was born with a condition such as spina bifida.


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‘God has the last say-so on everything’: Naieya, the source of light in the life of Deontay Wilder

Naieya fought while still in her mother’s womb. For Wilder, his children and family are everything. Naieya is the brightest source of light for her father, who looks to find a way. Wilder considers Naieya the ultimate no. 1 fan of his.



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Irrespective of how experienced a doctor is or what he says, Wilder believes it is God who has the last words on everything. “…if God has something for you, then it’s for you. Can’t nobody take that away from you. No doctor. I don’t care how long he’s gone to school to learn his craft or whatever. God has the last say-so on everything.”


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To make ends meet, Wilder even picked up serving and driving jobs at various places after Naieya was born. Had it not been for her, Wilder would barely be boxing.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale