American boxing superstar Deontay Wilder, has disclosed that he has traced his roots to Edo State, Nigeria.
In a viral video on Saturday, Wilder, 35, said he would like to go back home to learn about his culture sometime in the future.
“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 said.
“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.”
The “Bronze Bomber” enjoyed a five-year reign as the WBC heavyweight champion between 2015 and 2020, losing his strap in a bout with Tyson Fury in February 2020.
It is not immediately clear if Wilder’s realisation of his roots informed his moniker, “Bronze Bomber.”
The Binis in Edo State are known for their expertise in bronze works. Unfortunately, many ancient Benin bronze carvings were carted away to the West during colonial raids.
After suffering his first professional defeat at the hands of Fury last February, the former WBC champion seek to reclaim his title as he takes on Fury for their trilogy fight on July 24.
The winner of the bout will likely take on Anthony Joshua, another boxer with Nigerian roots, in a heavyweight superfight.