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What is Deontay Wilder's boxing record?

Deontay Wilder is set for his 45th bout as a professional when he meets Tyson Fury on 24 July in a bid to regain his WBC world heavyweight title.

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What is Deontay Wilder's boxing record?
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After a 17-month hiatus, Deontay Wilder will return to the ring on 24 July in Las Vegas to face Britain’s Tyson Fury for the third time.

Fury is the only man to have stained Wilder’s almost impeccable record as a professional, with the Gypsy King defeating the Bronze Bronze Bomber via a technical knockout in the seventh round when the pair last met on 22 February, 2020.

The first Fury-Wilder duel happened on 1 December 2018, which ended in a draw after Wilder had appeared to have won in the 12th round with a spectacular knockout, only for Fury to raise himself from the canvas to claim the tie.

Up to that point Wilder had boasted an impeccable 40-0 record, and after that draw went on to win two more bouts against Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz in 2019 -- both via knockout -- before the Alabama native was consigned to his first career defeat at the hands of Fury.

Now the Bronze Bomber is hellbent on regaining the heavyweight belt he lost to Fury, who, unlike Wilder, maintains an unbeaten record of 30-0-1. Fury had been lined up to fight Anthony Joshua in a bout to decide the undisputed heavyweight Champion, however a court ruling has obligated the WBC world heavyweight title holder to lock gloves with Wilder for a third time.

Tyson Fury defeats Deontay Wilder in February, 2020.

Wilder’s professional boxing record: 42-1-1

Over his 13-year career, Wilder has had 44 bouts, with 42 victories, one draw and one defeat. Of those 42 victories, 41 did not last 12 rounds, with the 35-year-old winning 20 by way of knock out, 17 via technical knockout and four following corner retirements.

Before Fury, only one opponent had managed to go the distance with Wilder: Canada’s Bermane Stiverne, who lost by unanimous decision after holding up for 12 rounds against the Bronze Bomber in January, 2015.

Only 12 of Wilder’s professional fights have gone beyond the third round, with his first 12 bouts being won in the third round or sooner. The first man to bring the US heavyweight beyond three rounds as a professional was Harold Sconiers in October 2010, who Wilder knocked in the fourth to bring his then record to 13-0.

Tyson Fury (L) and Deontay Wilder face-off on June 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California at a press conference to announce their third WBC heavyweight championship fight scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas.

Wilder’s amateur record

Before his first professional fight against Ethan Cox in November 2008, Wilder’s amateur stood at 30 wins and five defeats. At the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, Wilder picked up a bronze medal after defeat to Italy’s Clemente Russo, following victories over Algeria’s Abdelaziz Toulbini and Morocco’s Mohamed Arjaoui in the Chinese capital.

A year earlier, the Alabama boxer took heavyweight gold at the 2007 US National Championships and 2007 Golden Gloves, but lost to Krzysztof Zimnoch of Poland in the  AIBA World Boxing Championships in October of that year.