Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, has surprisingly said he had traced his roots to Edo State, Nigeria.
Wilder, who said this in a viral video posted on Youtube on Saturday, said he was ready to visit Nigeria for the first time.
The former heavyweight boxing champion who was dethroned by Tyson Fury in February 2020, enjoyed a five-year reign as the WBC heavyweight category champion between 2015 and 2020.
Wilder will likely follow in the footsteps of UCF welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who recently returned to Edo many years after leaving with his family as an eight-year-old.
He said, “I want to go back and learn more about my culture and information with things about me.
“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 country has produced the likes of the former heavyweight champion, Samuel Peter; former middle and light heavyweight champion, Dick Tiger; and Hogan Bassey, a former featherweight world champion.
Recall that current world champion, Anthony Joshua, has Nigerian roots and had previously visited his home state, Ogun.