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  • Jan Stbeck descended in golden letters into the history of the Scottish Academy of Hamilton. Had it not been for his intervention in 1969, the club probably would have ceased to exist
  • Stepbeck was close to not going to Scotland at all. During World War II, he was exiled to the Gulag, then across the territory of today’s Uzbekistan and Iran, he made his way to Great Britain
  • Born in Polish, and now Ukrainian, lands, Stepbeck has forever established his roots in Scotland. But he did not forget his homeland. He cultivated Polish traditions and brought footballers to his club in exchange for washing machines
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First of all, I will dispel one doubt. I know there are some doubts about the spelling of the name. You will surely cry. This name first appeared in the small town of Haczów in Subcarpathia. There are many non-standard names in the area there.

My grandfather was born in Haczów, while my father was born in a settlement near Lutsk in what is now Ukraine. The grandfather was given the land there as a reward for his participation in the defense of the newly reconstructed Polish border against Ukrainian forces at the turn of 1918 and 1919. The settlement was named Maczkowce, in honor of Stanisław Macczyk, the captain (promoted to general during World War II), who helped fight Ukrainian attack.

Through Iran to the islands

Dad was born in 1922. He grew up on a farm, and in 1938 he moved to the town of Buyanovo, between Wroclaw and Pozna. He studied at an agricultural school there. When the Soviet Army entered Maczkowce on September 17, 1939, my father stayed at the family home. Grandfather had to flee the execution. The Soviets saw him as a potential leader of the resistance movement.

Then, in February 1940, the rest of the family was deported to a labor camp near Kotlas in the Arkhangelsk Oblast. When they were released in September 1941, they went to present-day Uzbekistan, where they reached Iran via the Caspian Sea. There, in Tehran, my grandmother died of starvation and exhaustion. She was 39 years old. My father had typhus, malaria and dysentery twice.

After joining the Polish army, in February 1943 he was transferred to the Polish Navy, where he became a radar operator. Thanks to this, he found his way to Great Britain. When the war ended, he chose to stay there. He joined Radio and Television Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Save the club from collapse

In 1969, my father was asked to join the Hamilton Academic Council. Activists struck a deal to merge the club with another nearby professional team, Clyde FC. If it finally comes into effect, Academic Hamilton will cease to exist as a football club. My father headed a new team of activists and saved the club from disappearing from the football map. Then he was asked to become president. First, he held this position from 1969 to 1985, and again from the end of the 1990s to 2002.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Jan Stbeck as a gardener at Hamilton Academic Stadium

When he was named the club’s most important person, Hamilton was at the bottom of the Scottish second division. My father realized that the club did not have the resources to compete with giants Glasgow Celtic and Rangers. The former played for the second time in the European Cup final in four years, while their local rival soon won the Cup Winners’ Cup. However, my father believed that with proper management and imagination, the club could advance to the First Division in a few years. However, he had to think outside the box.

Polish activist thought

At that time, he began doing business in Poland. Thanks to the family that stayed in the country, he knew the problems your economy was experiencing. He opposed the communist regime, but wanted to show the Polish government that a free market approach could only help its citizens. He believed that this drop bears the boulder and thanks to such actions Poland will turn gently towards the west. Towards an open democratic country.

So he talked about the potential to buy Hamilton Academical for a few high-ranking players, although perhaps shortly after their glory days. He believed that in this way he could give a football club a much higher standard than in the Scottish or British transfer markets.

In 1971, he reached three poles: Alfred Olek, Witold Szygwa, and Roman Strykowski. This was the first time a British club had attended players from behind the Iron Curtain. I saw them in action and they were great. It seems to me that they lived in my parents’ house at first.

Legend has it that my father paid for it with washing machines. I don’t know if this is true, unfortunately, but it seems reasonable. And maybe send to Poland not only washing machines, but also their refrigerators and freezers. This method of payment would have resulted from the regulations that were then limiting the amount of cash payments that could be made in Great Britain to the communist countries.

At the time, my father ran a business that sold electronics and home appliances, and was also a travel agency and provided financial services in the consumer market. He was also co-owner of a luxury used car showroom.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Stepkow store in Hamilton

Poland has not been forgotten

My father had a thousand or more ideas. So I’m sure bringing in more Polish players was one of them. Remember that Poland was very successful in the 1974 World Cup, thanks to which its best players became known all over the world, so the price of their transfers will be very high for Hamilton.

Instead, try signing a contract with Manchester United legend Dennis Law! On the other hand, he talked about managing the team with Tommy Docherty (former manager of Manchester United and the Scottish national team – editor), and even with Alex Ferguson. I failed, but he shot high.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Martin Stepek next to the family cemetery in Haczów

My father tried to preserve some Polish traditions. We were raised Catholics, and although our diocese was in Hamilton, we often went to the Polish-speaking church in Glasgow. My father was also a member of the Sikorski Club in Glasgow, which regularly organizes music events and dances, often on the occasion of traditional Polish holidays. We had some Polish music and food at home and my mother, who was Scottish, learned your language and knew how to cook traditional Polish dishes. So he managed to be Scottish and Polish.

The fact that he supports the Solidarity movement also proves his adherence to his homeland. When it was created, many activists traveled around the world to seek support and tell people what was happening in Poland. My father hosted them in his house. After the declaration of martial law, he helped organize food and medical aid for Poland, store goods in our company’s warehouses and use our delivery trucks to transport goods by ship to Gdansk. During martial law, he funded Slavic studies at the University of Glasgow. If he does not support it, the university intends to discontinue its programs and courses. He was also the founder of the annual “Bologna” lecture at the University of Strathclyde.

In 2002, he had a series of strokes but recovered and was even able to play golf every day. For the last two years of his life, he was somewhat confined to a wheelchair, but shortly before his death he celebrated his 90th birthday with the whole family.

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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