Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned fans globally after he revealed over the weekend that he had traced his roots to Edo State, Nigeria.
In a viral video posted on Youtube, Wilder, who has never visited Nigeria, said he was ready to return home to learn more about his people.
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.
Wilder, who enjoyed a five-year reign as the WBC heavyweight champion between 2015 and 2020, before losing his title to Tyson Fury in February, will follow in the footsteps of UCF welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who recently returned to Edo State having left the country when he was just eight years old.
Nigeria has produced top boxers like Samuel Peter, Dick Tiger and Hogan Bassey; the trio undisputed former world champions, Peter at heavyweight, Tiger at middle and light heavyweight, and Bassey at featherweight.
Current world champion, Anthony Joshua, has also visited Sagamu, Ogun State, where his father hails from.