Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Deontay Wilder, 33-0 (32-KO) WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World will defend his title June 13th at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham on Showtime. Details are still being ironed out but Wilder is already in training for the huge event. Stay tuned for more info on Deontay's opponent and undercard action.
Friday, April 11, 2014
It is easy in today’s sports world for athletes to lose connection with where they come from. In most cases it is because most small town athletes never play in their hometowns after high school and move to big cities with major teams. For Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, home has never left his mind or heart. Due to the nature of professional boxing, having boxers fight all over the world, there is no specific place one has to live in order to compete. Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wilder had a determination to make a name for himself and allowing nothing to get in his way. Wilder’s career couldn’t be better boasting an undefeated 31-0 record while winning all by knockout, but with all of his success home was always where he came back to.
Living his life by his own creed of “When you give God the glory, He’ll give you the victory,” Wilder has great confidence in what his abilities can achieve. No matter the success he humbly remembers from where he comes. When it came time to pick a location for his first promotional event “Young Guns”, there was only one suitable place, Tuscaloosa.
“Jay (Deas) actually gave me the opportunity to say ‘Hey what do you think about doing your show in Tuscaloosa teaming up with Skyy Promotions’ and I said yeah let’s do it,” Deontay Wilder said.
Young Guns is an event Wilder put together to help promote young amateur and up and coming professional boxers from the area. The event took place at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa on April 5, 2014 and hosted well-known local boxers. Among the amateur boxers there was the 2013-14 Alabama Golden Glove Middleweight champion KeEric Hinton, while in the professional ranks Tuscaloosa’s own Keith Thompson fought in the second to last fight and Tuscaloosa native Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood headlined the event.
Fans were enthusiastic about the event from the first amateur fight at 7 pm to Keandrae Leatherwood’s main event at 10:30 pm. The fights were held to four rounds, except for the main event fight which was scheduled for six rounds, but despite the short length of the fights there were electric fights. There were four fights which ended before the conclusion of the first round, including Leatherwood’s astonishing knockout one minute and ten seconds into the main event. During local boxer, Keith Thompson’s fight the crowd began a chanting “Keith” in support of Thompson.
When Deontay Wilder walked into the ring to talk about his event, the roof came off the building. Many of the people may not have known who some of the boxers competing in the event where, but to have a local icon such as Wilder puts on a boxing event and doesn’t compete and still the event gets a good turn-out shows the level of admiration he has in the community.
“I’ve been talking about doing a promotion for a long time, and the opportunity presented itself. We came out with this and Young Guns, to me it’s a success,” Wilder said. “Do to the fact that people knew I wasn’t fighting and they still turned out and showed support and love, that means a lot to me and that meant a lot for the local fighters.”
Wilder took time out of a busy schedule to give back to the community he loves, to promote the young boxers but to also say thank you to his fans. As soon as he walked into the arena fans were running up to him for pictures and autographs and Wilder obliged everyone person who came up to him. Where most celebrities would sign a few items and snap a couple pictures, Wilder took the time to have true conversations with anyone that wanted to talk to him, and he himself walked around the entire gym thanking everyone for supporting the event.
In his professional career things could not be bigger at the moment, Wilder just defeated Malik Scott to move one step closer to the top of the boxing world. On May 10, 2014 his wait will finally be over when Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola fight to decide who will take Vitali Klitschko’s vacant title and fight Wilder to decide the champion. This will bring Wilder one step closer of achieving his dream of crowning Tuscaloosa its first ever heavyweight champion.
“It’s going to be a dream come true. I will definitely be there at that fight front and center to let the winner know here I am, here’s your prize. I don’t know if that’s a good prize or bad prize but this is what you get,” Wilder said. “We’ve come a long way, it’s been a long process, but it seems like every things gone by so fast. We are final here fighting for the major belt the WBC World title, to bring that back to Title Town is going to be crazy. We have had a lot of had a lot of national champions, we have never had a world champion. I’ve got to bring it back.”
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder didn’t get to see much of the action in his first promotion. He was too busy meeting fans and taking pictures as the mob at the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama followed his every step. “I sincerely want to thank everyone who came out to make the event such a success. It was great to meet and talk to everyone and hear their words of encouragement. They want the next heavyweight champion of the world to be from Alabama,” said Wilder.
In the main event, Tuscaloosa native Keandrae Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KOs) landed a picture perfect left hook to the body of Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-9, 8 KOs) halfway through the first round to score the knockout. Scarborough tried to beat the count but couldn’t. “It may have been the best body shot I’ve ever thrown,” said Leatherwood. “Fighting at home for the first time, there’s nothing like it.”
Pierre Webster UD4 Michael Doyle
Keith Thompson UD4 Derek Walker
Tom Howard TKO1 Anthony Middlebrooks
Gary Kelly TKO3 Willie Kyles
Justin Brunetti UD4 Carlos Dumas
Rashad Jones TKO4 Corey Harris
Wilder promoted the event with longtime coach/manager Jay Deas.
By D.C. Reeves
Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 12:21 a.m.
The homecoming spotlight didn't last long, but that's just fine with KeAndrae Leatherwood.
The Tuscaloosa native knocked out Mickey Scarborough in the first round to cap the “Young Guns” boxing show at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park on Saturday night.
Leatherwood, a middleweight who headlined the local fight night promoted by world heavyweight contender and fellow Tuscaloosan Deontay Wilder, used his trademark fast hands to deliver a flurry of punches to Scarborough's body with a left uppercut to the body being the final blow.
Scarborough collapsed to the canvas and couldn't even get to one foot during the 10-count.
“I hit him with a great body shot, it may have been the best body shot I ever threw,” said Leatherwood, who moves to 14-2-1 with the win. Scarborough fell to 7-8.
The event was Wilder's first as a co-promoter. He promoted it alongside Skyy Boxing owner Jay Deas, Wilder's co-trainer. Wilder was on hand signing autographs, taking pictures and took to the ring between fights to pump up the fans.
“It was great, I feel like it was a success,” said Wilder, who is in line for a shot at the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title in the coming months. “It's a great feeling to see all of these people here as well. The only bad thing about it is it makes me want to get in the ring.”
Leatherwood, who trains in the Atlanta area, was happy to get the win, albeit a quick one, in front of a supportive crowd.
“It was a great experience, I want to thank all the fans who came out,” Leatherwood said. “The atmosphere, there's nothing like being at home. I love being at home. It's just a great experience when you can come home and put on a show for the hometown fans.”
Young Guns Boxing Results
n Tom Howard def. Anthony Middlebrooks by first-round TKO
n Rashad Jones def. Corey Harris by fourth-round TKO
n Gary Kelly def. Willie Kyles by third-round TKO
n Justin Brunetti def. Carlos Dumas by unanimous decision
n Pierre Webster def. Michael Doyle by unanimous decision
n Keith Thompson def. Derek Walker by unanimous decision
n KeAndrae Leatherwood def. Mickey Scarbrough by first-round knockout
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While heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) awaits the winner of the vacant WBC heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola vs. Bermaine Stiverne, he is staying busy by promoting his first show this Saturday in his native Alabama. Wilder’s Bombzquad Promotions is teaming with longtime manager/trainer Jay Deas’ Skyy Promotions to present “Young Guns.” The six bout card is being held at the Belk Center in Wilder’s home town of Tuscaloosa. “Deontay will be the first to tell you that many people stepped up to help him on his journey and this is his way of giving back. I’ve never been more proud of him,” said Deas. “The show features young, up and coming talent that without shows like this may never see the light of day.”
Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (13-2-1, 9 KOs), a former amateur national champion and Tuscaloosa native headlines in a six round bout against hard hitting Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-8, 8 KOs) of Kansas City. Leatherwood served as a sparring partner for Saul “Canelo” Alverez in his failed attempt to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
“I want to thank Deontay and Jay for giving us a platform to showcase our skills. I’m getting married next weekend and my family is on me about not getting marked up before the wedding pictures so I’ve gotta take care of business,” said Leatherwood.
Also on the show is former amateur standout and Roy Jones Sr. -guided fighter Pierre Webster.
“I’m expecting these guys to bring it. When somebody gives you a chance you have to take advantage of it,” said Wilder.