Deontay Leshun Wilder is an American professional boxer. Born 35 years ago in Tuscaloosa Alabama, USA. He held the WBC heavy weight title for 5 years, from 2015 to 2020 before defeated by Tyson Fury.
The boxer just announced to the world that he has traced his root to Edo state, in Nigeria.
“I want to go back and learn more about my culture and information with things about me,” says the Bronze Bomber in a viral YouTube video seen by Peoples Gazette on Saturday.
Deontay Wilder, who has never been to Nigeria, said he wants to return to Edo state in Nigeria to learn a little more about his roots.
“Once I’m done with what I’m doing, I’m going back to see my tribe Edo,” Wilder said.
“I want to see my culture and my ancestors and learn a lot of things. We all have lots of things that we are connected to that we know nothing about. I’ll love to go there and do research about my roots and my tribe,” he added.
The African American professional boxer enjoyed a 5-year staright reign as the WBC heavyweight champion.. and he is known for so many KO’s until he met the Fury Doom.
It is not immediately clear if Wilder’s realisation of his roots informed his moniker, “Bronze Bomber.” The Benin Kingdom and the binis are known for their rich cultural heritage, dated back to civilization.