Deontay Wilder, ex-boxing champion, traces roots to Edo State

Deontay Wilder, ex-boxing champion, traces roots to Edo State

Former boxing heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder has traced his roots back to Nigeria.


In a viral video posted on Youtube, Wilder, who has never visited Nigeria, also said he was ready to return home to learn more about his people.


Deontay Wilder could be heard saying;


“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.


He continued;


“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.


Watch the video below.


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Wilder, who enjoyed a five-year reign as the WBC heavyweight champion between 2015 and 2020; before losing his title to Tyson Fury in February; will follow in the footsteps of UCF welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who recently returned to Edo, having also left the country when he was just eight years old.


Nigeria has produced top boxers like Samuel Peter, Dick Tiger, as well as Hogan Bassey; the trio undisputed former world champions, Peter at heavyweight, Tiger at middle as well as light heavyweight; and also Bassey at featherweight.


Current world champion, Anthony Joshua, has also visited Sagamu, Ogun State, where his father hails from.



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