VIDEO: Meet The Heavyweight Champ Who Fights For His Daughter With Spina Bifida

Meet the heavyweight champion who only turned to boxing to make ends meet after his baby daughter was diagnosed with spina bifida

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands six-foot-seven with a chiseled, 220-pound frame draped over a pair of broad shoulders that seem to stretch from one end of the room to the other.

Even without his belt or boxing attire, it would be relatively easy to guess the 32-year old’s line of work.

But it wasn’t Wilder’s obvious physical gifts that brought him to boxing. It was an unplanned pregnancy, and a complicated one at that.

Wilder, seen here with daughter Naieya when he was still an amateur and Olympic hopeful back in 2007

‘Naieya came and it was a blessing in disguise because I probably wouldn’t be boxing if it weren’t for her,’ Wilder told of his 12-year-old daughter on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s title defense against Bermane Stiverne in Brooklyn.

These days Wilder is fighting for low seven-figure purses in hopes of hitting a major eight-figure payday with a unification bout against the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion, England’s Anthony Joshua. But it was back when he was a 19-year old in 2005 when Wilder made the choices that brought him to this point in his career.

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