Malik Scott says the new Deontay Wilder has made the decision to “eat, sleep and s**t boxing” in a bid to take the world heavyweight title back from Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on July 24.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has not fought since losing his unbeaten professional record and his WBC belt to Fury in their Vegas rematch in February 2020.
That seventh-round stoppage led to Wilder producing a string of wild excuses for the loss – ranging from the weight of his ring walk costume to Fury’s gloves.
Deontay though did not duck the challenge of meeting Fury again – he had to win an arbitration ruling last month to finally get the trilogy fight.
Wilder will have a new trainer in Scott heading up his corner when he steps into the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month. Scott says he sees the adjustments his charge has already made. Adjustments he claims that will make the difference come fight night.
Malik Scott on Wilder
Scott said: “I’m impressed with him and how he’s adapted, and how receptive he is. I believe with a fighter like Deontay, he’s naturally raw power. I believe someone like myself that is extremely technically sound from my own background of boxing, it just matched well.
“The thing with us is the chemistry. I believe there’s great fighters in the world that have great teachers. But then I believe there are great fighters int he world that have good chemistry with a good or okay teacher, and it makes it work for them. So our chemistry is firing on all cylinders on both sides.”
When asked what imprint he will make on this fight, Scott was clear to point out that Wilder is the one making the difference here.
“Deontay has made an imprint. He’s made the mental adjustments, all I needed was a receptive athlete. I’m not even talking about his ability and everything I’ve been seeing him do for the last 10 years.
The new Deontay
“He’s already made the mental adjustments to do everything I need him to do when we in that ring. He’s already made the mental adjustments to turn his household into his training facility. Eat, sleep and s**t boxing, and that’s all I asked and that’s what I’m impressed with the most.”
Scott has no doubt about the outcome on July 24, and says there will be no repeat of what happened last February when Fury dominated from the very first bell.
“I only see it one way. I believe that if you let Fury just do what he wanna do, then he’s gonna do more than what you allow him to do.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Deontay’s gonna become two-time heavyweight champion of the world, and I believe it’s gonna be by knockout.”