By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to former world heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, he has traced his roots to Edo State, Nigeria.
Wilder made this revelation via a Youtube post on Saturday, saying he had not yet visited Nigeria, but that he was ready to return home to learn more about his people.
In his words, “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,” he added.
Deontay Wilder reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for five years before losing it to Tyson Fury in February, 2020.
Reigning UCF welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and Current world champion, Anthony Joshua, have both visited Auchi, in Edo State, and Sagamu in Ogun State, respectively, to reestablish contact with their roots.
Other world champions produced by Nigeria in the past include Samuel Peter, Dick Tiger and Hogan Bassey, who were undisputed former world champions at heavyweight, middle, light heavyweight, and Bassey and featherweight respectively.