Why is Deontay Wilder Called ‘The Bronze Bomber’?

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January 22, 2021 9:20 pm

Deontay Wilder, the 35-year-old former WBC champion, ran through the heavyweight division with 42 wins until facing his first loss. He registered 41 knockouts in the span and became the hardest-hitting American heavyweight after Mike Tyson.

Nicknamed ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder sent a shock wave through the sport with his unparalleled dominance. While he boasted boxing gold from 2015 to 2020, bronze still remained ‘The Bronze Bomber’s primary identity. There’s a reason Wilder got the nickname.

Unlike the other heavyweight elites, Wilder wasn’t an orthodox boxer. Instead, he began to box at 20 just to find a way out of poverty. But he possessed exceptional skills and raw power that saw him climb the ladder pretty quick.

Wilder’s amateur boxing career from 2005 to 2008 went on a wonderful note, and he made it to the Beijing Olympics.

Over there, Deontay Wilder had another successful run of 7 fights until losing in the semi-finals against the Italian Clemente Russo.

The American pugilist Wilder had to depart from the Olympics with a bronze medal. Although he couldn’t bag the ultimatum, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ bagged the nickname with his bronze medal and added a promising future for himself.

Deontay Wilder- From Streets to ‘The Bronze Bomber’

Wilder became a father at an early age of 19, and his daughter was born with Spina Bifida. There was not much opportunity to pay the hospital bills.

So, Wilder had to box and bag money. However, that’s when he promised his daughter to become a World Champion one day. In an interaction with Joe Rogan, Wilder revealed the entire incident.

Following the Beijing Olympics, Wilder turned professional in 2008 and had nothing but success for himself. He became one of the treacherous heavyweights of all time and a World Champion in 2015.

He defended his belt 10 times but lost his last fight against Tyson Fury. Boasting a record of 42 wins- 1 loss- 1 draw, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is still a relevant name in the current title picture.

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)

He is yet to announce his next fight, but looking at the ongoing scenario, Wilder can return against Charles Martin soon. If he returns to the win column, the path to the WBC title fight will be open once again.

Do you think Deontay Wilder will become a World Champion again?

Raj Sarkar

Raj Sarkar is a Boxing author at Essentially sports. He also happens to be a combat sports fan who takes an interest in everything and anything that is combat sports.

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