What is Deontay Wilder’s Ethnic Background?

Published 03/14/2021, 7:03 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – March 2: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Deontay Wilder speaks to the press during the weighin for his upcoming Heavyweight fight against Luis Ortiz at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New Yorkon March 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder is among the most thrilling heavyweights of the modern boxing era. Over the years, Wilder made a place of his own in this sport and has ranked himself as one of the hardest hitters of boxing. Ever since his debut in 2008, he broke into news headlines for his charismatic frame, in-ring abilities, and knockout power. But, what is the ethnic background of boxing’s elite star?

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The ‘Bronze Bomber’ was born in 1985, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in America. But Wilder’s roots go down to the West African country of Nigeria. He came out as one of America’s prime boxing prospects, but the 35-year-old always showcases his Nigerian heritage.

Over the years, Nigeria has given countless stars to the boxing world. Though Deontay Wilder doesn’t hold Nigerian nationality, he still showcases the his roots inside the boxing ring.

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Wilder has never been to Nigeria, but the former heavyweight champion truly respects the country’s culture and traditions.

Earlier in his school days, Wilder dreamt of becoming a footballer or a basketball player. But situations captivated him towards boxing and there was no turning back for him.

Right from his amateurs to pro-level boxing, Wilder staggered vast audiences with his cosmic performances. He went up to become the flamboyant star of the sport and captured the heavyweight gold to cement his legacy.

Until today, Wilder keeps himself supremely active and relevant in the big men’s division. Even after many accomplishments, he seems equally hungry as his younger boxing days, keen to trace the pathway of greatness.

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Can Deontay Wilder go down as the greatest heavyweight of time?

In an illustrious career, Wilder has bagged 42 wins with one draw and one loss. Out of these 42 wins, 41 have arrived by T/KO. This itself is proof of ‘Bronze Bomber’s thunderous power and his in-ring audacities.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Right from his debut, he had one dream- to become the best of his weight class. And he’s remained fairly successful in the same. That said, Wilder is unquestionably on his pathway to greatness.

Wilder’s comeback will be worth a watch, as he’ll look to regain his throne. His fans are keen to see him back in action, and the latter is eager to perform for them.

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What is your favorite highlight of Deontay Wilder’s illustrious career?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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