Deontay Leshun Wilder is an American professional boxer. He held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, 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 of February 2020, he is ranked as the world’s third-best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, fourth by The Ring magazine, and fifth by BoxRec.
Wilder had a late start to boxing, taking up the sport at 20 years of age. 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”.