Deontay Wilder Traces Roots to Edo state, Pledges to Visit Nigeria Soon

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 Deontay Wilder Traces Roots to Edo state, Pledges to Visit Nigeria Soon
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Former World Boxing Champion, Deontay Wilder, has said he hails from Edo State, Nigeria.

Wilder in a viral video obtained by African News Today said he wishes to return home and gain more insights into his culture.

The United States professional boxer said, “I want to go back and learn more about my culture and information with things about me. Once I’m done with what I’m doing, I’m going back to see my tribe, Edo.

“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.”

Wilder, who adopted the moniker “Bronze Bomber”, enjoyed a five-year reign as the WBC heavyweight champion between 2015 and 2020, losing his strap in a bout with Tyson Fury in February 2020.

It is not immediately clear if Wilder’s realisation of his roots informed his moniker, “Bronze Bomber.”

The Binis in Edo State are known for their expertise in bronze works. Unfortunately, many ancient Benin bronze carvings were carted away to the West during colonial raids.

The former WBC champion stands a chance to reclaim his title in July when he faces Fury for the third time after he suffered his first professional defeat in a seven-round bout against Fury in February, 2020.

The fight is billed to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada on July 24, and the winner would challenge Anthony Joshua.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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