Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned his global audience on Saturday when he disclosed that he has traced his roots and ancestry to Edo State. Wilder, in a viral video which screened on YouTube, said he is ready to return home to learn more about his people and roots when done with his present preoccupation, apparently referring to his next fight with his conqueror, Britain’s Tyson Fury.
“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.
The ex-world heavyweight boxing champion, who did not shed light on how he got information about his Nigerian ancestry, lost his World Boxing Council title to Fury in February after a five-year reign. However, he is scheduled to take another shot at the title against his familiar foe in a few weeks following his victory at an arbitration court that Fury must honour the trilogy agreement he had with him, Wilder, prior to the February duel.
When he finally fullfils his home coming promise, Wilder will be following the footsteps of Nigeria’s other illustrious world title holding greats like Anthony Joshua and Kamaru, the Nigerian Nightmare, Usman, who visited Sagamu and Auchi respectively.
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