The man with the dreads claimed that he had studied Heavyweight Boxing Champion Deontay Wilder’s incredible technique and has perfected it. The internet has dubbed him as “Deontay Wilder’s cousin because the similar fighting styles.
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Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer. He has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, and in doing so became the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years, which was the longest period of time in boxing history without an American heavyweight champion. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Olympics. This led to his nickname of “The Bronze Bomber”, which Wilder coined after Joe Louis, who was known by the nickname of “The Brown Bomber”. Wilder is particularly known for having finished all but one of his fights inside the distance. His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 97.4%, with 19 knockouts in the first round, as well as having stopped every opponent he has faced. He is a two-time winner of the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year award, in 2016 and 2017.
As of January 2018, Wilder is ranked as the world’s second best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and third by The Ring magazine and BoxRec. Wilder is the 17th longest reigning world heavyweight champion of all time, and has the 8th longest combined and individual title streaks in modern heavyweight boxing history at 7 and 6 title bouts respectively. Wilder started boxing in October 2005 when he entered Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Alabama and began training under Jay Deas. Wilder was 19 at that time. By 2007 he upset the favorites to win both the National Golden Gloves and the US championships at 201 lb (91 kg).
At the Golden Gloves he defeated highly touted cadet world champion Isiah Thomas – a southpaw from Detroit – and David Thompson, of Brooklyn, N.Y in the finals. At the U.S. championship he defeated Quantis Graves and won the final 31-15 over southpaw James Zimmerman of San Jose, Calif. At the Olympic trials he beat Graves twice more and won the Olympic trials in only 21 bouts. Early in 2008 he scored a career-best win by edging out World championships silver medalist and future Olympic champion Rakhim Chakhiyev in Russia. He qualified for the Olympics by beating Deivis Julio 6:5 Jorge Quinones from Ecuador on double countback and Brazilian Rafael Lima 6:5 at the qualifier. Wilder then competed at heavyweight in the 2008 Olympics, defeating Abdelaziz Touilbini of Algeria and Mohamed Arjaoui of Morocco before losing to Clemente Russo of Italy in the semi-final to earn a bronze medal.
Wilder made his debut at the age of 23 on November 15, 2008 at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. He knocked out Ethan Cox in the second round. Cox was knocked down three times in the second round before the fight was eventually stopped. Wilder fought seven times in 2009, winning all the fights in round 1. By October 2012, Wilder racked up an impressive 25-fight win streak, winning all by knockout and all within four rounds. Some notable stoppages included former WBA heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck (27-10, 20 KOs), former WBO light heavyweight title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-6, 10 KOs) and former WBO heavyweight challenger Damon Reed (46-15, 32 KOs)