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Africa: Former Boxing Champion Deontay Wilder claims Nigerian Heritage in viral video

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Former World Boxing Champion Deontay Wilder has announced that his DNA ancestry shows that he is from Edo state, Nigeria.

Wilder, 32, revealed this during a roundtable discussion with undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

“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,” said the boxer.

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According to nationalnewstrack.com, the 6’7”, hard-hitting “Bronze Bomber” was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has has never been to Nigeria. Wilder, known for his high-octave boxing held the WBC heavyweight belt for 5 years between 2015 and 2020 and had ten successful defences.

It’s not the first time he has openly spoken about his links with Nigeria with many fans already mouthing a potential clash with another foreign-born Nigerian heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. It is not immediately clear if Wilder’s realisation of his roots informed his moniker, “Bronze Bomber.”

The Binis are known for their expertise in bronze works. Many ancient Benin bronze carvings were carted away to the West during colonial raids.

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After suffering his first professional defeat at the hand of Fury in a seven round bout last February, the former WBC champion will in July seek to reclaim his title as he takes on Fury for the third time.

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

Nigeria has been a force in world boxing since the 1940’s, producing top boxers like Dick Tiger and Hogan Bassey; both undisputed world champions, Tiger at middle and light heavyweight, and Bassey at featherweight.

The country has continued to maintain its dominance in the world of boxing today, producing world champions like Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder.

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