Scott: Deontay Wilder is ready now
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Malik Scott believes undefeated knockout artist Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) is ready to go after the big time after getting a look at him when the heavyweights assisted heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek in sparring.
Scott said on his social media site “I believe BronzeBomber [Deontay Wilder] is ready now as well, bro. No risk, no reward.”
Scott’s thoughts pretty much echo those of the late great trainer Emanuel Steward, who last year around this time said that Wilder is about a year away from challenging the top heavyweights in the division. A year has gone by and the talented 6’7” Wilder is now ranked #9 by the WBA, and the only thing standing in his way is his overly cautious promoters at Golden Boy, who still aren’t letting Wilder fly.
They’re being too cautious with the man, and he’s now just languishing instead of moving forward the way he needs to be. Wilder will be 28 in October, and they’re significantly pushing him upwards against better opposition.
Emanuel Steward found it frustrating a year ago, pointing out that it’s not a good sign that Wilder is knocking everyone out in the 1st and 2nd rounds, and his promoters at Golden Boy aren’t making adjustments to match him against tougher opponents.
I mean, you can’t blame Wilder for the guys that he’s matched against. That’s purely being done by his promoters, and it’s so sad that they’re not moving him up at a more rapid pace based on the fact that he keeps knocking these guys out in the 1st and 2nd rounds.
Steward realized that Wilder was kind of raw a year ago, but he felt that his power would more than make up for it. The best way for Wilder to learn is to put him in with better guys because he’s not going to learn anything knocking out 3rd tier opponents in the 1st round every time he fights without Golden Boy getting a clue that he’s being matched against guys that are too far below his level.