Undefeated Heavyweight Prospect Deontay Wilder Takes on Jamaican Champ Owen Beck at Brawl At The Mall on June 23
"The Bronze Bomber" is making his way back home to Alabama. Deontay Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, is the only medalist to come out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics from the United States where he won the bronze medal in the boxing heavyweight division.
Since earning the great achievement, Wilder has turned professional and has been steadily climbing up the ladder and is becoming one of the nation's most hyped prospects.
Wilder has fought three times before in Tuscaloosa – each time to record crowds -- and should see another huge audience on June 23 when he puts his unblemished record on the line against longtime Jamaican veteran Owen Beck.
The Alabama-native is currently 22-0 with all of his wins coming via knockout and is currently positioning himself as one of the surefire prospects in a watered down heavyweight division. In recent months Wilder has competed within California, St. Louis, Louisiana, Mississip, Nevada, Arizona and his most recent fight happened in Cancun, Mexico on May 26.
During his time south of the border "The Bronze Bomber" went on to beat heavyweight contender Jessie Oltmanns in the very first round. The win kept Wilder's knockout streak alive and further supplanted himself as a force to be reckoned with in his division.
Hailing from Tuscaloosa, Wilder will take on a heavyweight contender and World Title Challenger in Beck who is currently 30-10 with 20 knockouts. Beck is the current Jamaican Heavyweight Champion. This event will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the new Killer Buzz Fight Arena.
Dubbed the "Brawl At The Mall", The Killer Buzz Arena is located at the old Sticks & Stuff Furniture building at the McFarland Mall. It is better known for recent mixed martial arts action, but will be transformed into a boxing venue for this epic battle of champion versus champion later this month.
Additional fights scheduled will be feature Tuscaloosa pro boxer Gundrick King taking on Columbus, Mississippi Boxer Billy Cunningham. This will be a rematch between these two greats. The last time they meet in the ring, Gundrick won by decision and Cunningham has been itching for a rematch. This time Gundrick will take the challenge at Cunningham's normal weight class of 175-pounds which means Gundrick will be moving up in weight.
Anthony Middlebrooks will be taking on novice pro boxer Ray Ray Bryant. Bryant coming from years as a Golden Gloves Champion is exciting to take on Middlebrooks who in the past has been a very challenging opponent to defeat.
Keith Thompson, brother to famed retired pro boxer Brad Thompson, will enter the ring on June 23 as well. The older Thompson was a long time champion of Skyy Boxing and has seen many a fight and is glad to see his brother follow in his footsteps. Brad has since retired from boxing and now competes within MMA here in Tuscaloosa.
Stay tuned as US Combat Sports will be ring side for this upcoming battle of champions from Tuscaloosa, Alabama on June 23.
Video Footage from one of Deontay recent fights in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Watch to the end for special photo appearing of Deontay along with a one of kind special song written specifically for Wilder for this event. This was the first time an event like this was ever held at the all new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
Photos & Video by: Alabama Boxing courtest Piel Photography (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)