Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is only 29 years old, but did not begin boxing until the age of 21 after his daughter was born. That was an incentive for him to pick up the gloves and try out the sport.
His rise has almost been meteoric.
Wilder is the last American male boxer to medal in the Olympics and the first American to hold a piece of the heavyweight championship of the world in nine years. Saturday will be his third title fight in nine months, a rare feat for any top-ranked boxer in today’s climate.
He told Today’s Knockout:
“I’m about that life this is what I love to do, I love to fight in a positive way. That’s one of the things of building a legacy and being one of the best. Everybody always dwell on ‘back in the day, back in the day’ but this is the new era of boxing right here and the things I can take from back in the day and bring in today’s society era is to constantly fight.”
Thanks to the WBC heavyweight champion, the city of Birmingham, Alabama will be on a national boxing stage for the second time in three months.
After successfully defending his championship against Eric Molina in June — the first-ever heavyweight championship fight in the state of Alabama — Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) will once again defend his version of the world heavyweight championship on Saturday against Frenchman Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) at Birmingham’s Legacy Arena. For Wilder, the fight is a way to give back to the community that gave him the foundation to become one of boxing’s rising stars.
“It feels great to be able to come back here and fight in front of my people,” he said. “It’s definitely no place like home and that’s why I’m still here and still reside here. People respect that, they love that. I look forward each and every time to put on a great show here and defend my title each and every time.”