Deontay Wilder Honored With Statue Erected In Alabama!

Wilder to be Honored with Statue in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Deontay Wilder and a statue in his likeness
Deontay Wilder | Credit: Erin Nelson/Solomon Crenshaw Jr.

Deontay Wilder Celebrated with Life-Sized Statue in Alabama Hometown

It’s now been roughly seven months since the heavy-handed heavyweight boxer Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) stepped in the ring for action. Unfortunately for him, Wilder lost his last two bouts. In each of these assignments, The Bronze Bomber failed to achieve victory by a large margin. This is because, on both occasions, Wilder was stopped by WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Ever since the second loss, on December 9, 2021, The Bronze Bomber has faded from the public spotlight. And while his return is eagerly awaited by many, there is no guarantee that he will ever resume his career. Regardless of what he does from here, Wilder will now have a statue in his honor erected in his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama to remember his fistic deeds. The art work, which will be revealed on May 25, will be life sized and serve as a tribute to his many boxing accomplishments.


Given how late Wilder began his boxing career, one could easily say that he was an over-achiever. This is because the Bomber did not begin training to fight professionally, or otherwise, until he was 20 years old, and he only started as a means to feed his daughter. Right from the start it was quite clear that the Alabaman packed a strong punch and he quickly started piling up the knockouts. He staged his first prizefight on November 15, 2008 and then, in 2015, Wilder beat Bermane Stiverne to first take hold of the WBC heavyweight title.

Wilder would go on to defend the belt an impressive 10 times before being beaten by Tyson Fury in their premiere rematch. As alluded to earlier, it is not known whether or not Wilder will return to the ring. If he does though, he will certainly get the hero’s welcome by a large segment of the boxing world. Yet, if he does ride into the sunset, Wilder has enjoyed a great career, title run and will always have this snazzy statue to remember the game by!

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By: Bakari Simpson

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