MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Thursday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., the Alabama Senate will welcome World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as an honored guest on the floor of the State Senate. A native of Tuscaloosa and graduate of Tuscaloosa Central High School, Mr. Wilder won the bronze medal for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On January 17, 2015, Wilder won the WBC championship by defeating the former champ, Bermane Stiverne. He is the first American heavyweight boxer to win a world title since Shannon Briggs in 2006.
“Deontay Wilder is a champion because of his work ethic and determination,” said Senator Gerald Allen. “Those are the kinds of traits all of our young people should strive to have. I’m proud to sponsor a Senate resolution honoring his achievements.”
Senator Gerald Allen represents District 21 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. He is chairman of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee. Follow him on Twitter for the latest legislative updates: @SenGeraldAllen