As a part of its summer program, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library’s Weaver Bolden branch held a free talk and book signing with Deontay Wilder, a World Boxing Council world heavyweight champion and Tuscaloosa native, on June 25.
Wilder, also known as “the Bronze Bomber,” signed copies of the children’s book Deontay the Future World Champ, written by Tony Bowers and illustrated by Dan Monroe. The book, which is based on Wilder’s life, covers the importance of having a focused and healthy lifestyle to reach one’s goals.
Three hundred patrons attended the event, and 150 children received free, signed copies of Wilder’s book. A local boxing gym sold copies of the book for $20 each, which went toward the hospital bills of 9-year-old Titus Wilkerson, who was attacked by a pit bull in Tuscaloosa while walking home from school in April.