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Bronze medal winner Wilder signs deal with Finkel

Updated: August 30, 2008, 1:52 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

A week after receiving an Olympic bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics to complete his meteoric rise through the amateur ranks, heavyweight Deontay Wilder is turning pro.

The 22-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday signed a multi-year contract with powerful manager Shelly Finkel. Finkel will co-manage him with Jay Deas, who is also Wilder's trainer.

Finkel, who was back in New York on Friday after completing the deal, told ESPN.com that he was finalizing a promotional contract ...

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