By Damian Poole. 35-year-old American heavyweight Deontay the Bronze Bomber Wilder (44-1-1-41 KOs) has had a dramatic career to date.
From the heights of becoming world champion in 2015 to the dramatic defeat at the hands of Tyson the Gypsy King Fury in 2019. And the aftermath that followed with accusations, allegations and sabotage. In this article, I’ll cover the story of Wilders and what went so wrong!
Deontay Wilder originally aspired to play American football or basketball for his hometown of Alabama Crimson Tide. But in 2005, at the age of 19, the birth of Deontay’s first daughter, diagnosed with spina bifida during pregnancy, put an end to her college athletic career.
With exorbitant medical bills looming and three jobs at IHOP, Red Lobster and driving a beer truck. Wilder decided to make a career in boxing to help his family and, more importantly, his daughter.
“I was just a guy in college, I was on the basketball team,” he told Sun Online. “I would do everything if I had to for my daughter. It was she who introduced me to boxing. In January 2015, Deontay Wilder had the chance to become world champion against Canadian champion WBC Bermane Stiverne.
It would be the first time Deontay faced 12 rounds against a boxer who many at the time did not consider to be a true or worthy champion due to the nature of how he acquired the WBC belt. But belt vacant or not, Bermane was still World Champion. What was surprising during this fight was that Deontay couldn’t knock out a slow and predictable Stiverne.
Prior to the fight against Stiverne, Wilder had eliminated all of his 33 opponents, albeit horribly unbalanced matches. Either way, Wilder worked hard and became WBC World Champion. Just like he promised his daughter. I promised her that daddy will one day be world champion and that I will be able to support her. I made sure I could keep that promise. She made me want to change jobs.
Deontay Wilder would go on to make 10 successful title defenses, equaling the great Muhammad Ali. As impressive as it sounds with so many defenses, a closer look at Wilder title opponents reveals a more surprising story!
As you can see, a lot of Wilder’s defenses are against the same opponent. In fact, almost half are the same, Bermane Stiverne twice, Luis Ortiz Twice and even Tyson Fury twice. But I didn’t include the rematch with Tyson Fury on Deontay’s list of successful defenses for obvious reasons.
Finally, 1/5 of Wilder’s defenses weren’t even ranked in the top 15! So, as you can all see, Wilder’s tusk summary is starting to look a bit thin! And that lack of tough opponents would prove disastrous later on the line for the Bronze Bomber.
Deontay Wilder failed to strike a mega-fight deal with British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua when he turned down a $ 120 million DAZN deal.
And then, previously, he hadn’t signed a contract that Wilder himself had agreed to with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotions for $ 15 million. And going back to 2017, Wilder was demanding a ridiculous 50-50 split. But I won’t go into detail on this. Just read my previous article titled Deontay Wilder Holding WBA and Heavyweight Division in Ransom.
Deontay therefore turned his attention to former world champion Tyson Fury who at the time derailed after defeating the legendary Wladimir Klitschko. During Tyson’s 3 years out of the ring, he suffered from depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and bloated up to 300 pounds. For Wilder and his team, it seemed like an easy win over a boxer they thought was stranded. Providing a perfect path to get an even 50-50 purse split against Anthony Joshua.
But life has a way of putting the key in the wheels! In the first Wilder Vs. Tyson fights. The Bronze Bomber was lucky enough to get a draw. Many pros had Tyson’s in-ring work rate higher than Wilders and easily passed the American giving what should have been a win to the Gypsy King. But the rematch was clearer, with the Tyson schooling Wilder every round until his corner had had enough and throws in the towel in submission in Round 7.
Normally at this point most boxers would have analyzed their mistakes, played back video footage and learned from mistakes made and improved upon. Unfortunately, this was not the case for Deontay Wilder. Instead, he decided to blame everyone and everything except his own lack of skills. Dismissing former trainer Mark Breland and even going so far as to blame Mark for spiking his water. Further apologies from Wilder followed, such as.
Wilder claims he has proof that Tyson cheated in a doctor’s report after the 2nd fight, of which he suffered a lump on the side of his head, which could only be done by a ‘weight of’ egg ”. This proof has not yet seen the light of day!
Regarding the water spikes, the anti-doping agency VADA has allowed all boxing to be free of any suspicious chemicals in its system.
The Ring Walk suit weighed around 40 pounds, according to its makers, which is the same weight as the “training vest” Wilder wears at a battle camp.
What about Tyson’s soft gloves? Most credible boxers don’t see how this would be effective. In fact, most experts say it would cause Tyson more harm to have a soft glove, increasing the risk of Tyson’s wrist breaking.
One way or another, Deontay blamed the Ref. I have never been able to argue why this was the case. To me, it seemed like the referee was favoring Wilder when he deducted Tyson by a point without issuing a proper warning.
But the last excuse is that Wilder had COVID, and that’s why he underperformed, aka dead legs! Although this has not yet been verified by Deontay himself. While this writer doesn’t think any evidence will come to light, just like Dr.
We’re now about 18 months after the rematch in 2020, and I think Wilder hasn’t learned anything from his previous fights to become a better all-around boxer! In fact, it had the opposite effect. Wilder seems more closed-minded and narrow-minded, doubling down on how he was cheated.
At the same time, being surrounded by “YES MEN” telling him what he wants to hear, bringing his damaged ego back to health with spurious lies and false stories. Under the leadership of his new trainer, Malik Scott. The same Malik Scott that many believed to have dived in the 1st round against Deontay in 2014, and this is the same Malik Scott that some believe to have faked 8 knockdowns against Luis Ortiz in 2017.
I’m sorry for Deontay Wilder. I really do. He’s surrounded by people who aren’t interested in making him a better boxer, just groupies trying to capitalize on his success. And that’s why I think, along with a majority of other boxing fans, that Tyson Fury will school Wilder again in their trilogy fight slated for July 2021. But this time around, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a stoppage of. TKO without the help of a towel.
My only advice to Deontay Wilder would be… Look at the Anthony Joshua story; He was able to overcome his loss to Andy Ruiz by learning from his mistakes and adapting his style. Boxing is not an easy sport; it takes time to learn your trade and hone your skills. AJ once said, “You train; you fight it. It’s not as easy as it looks. “