Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott predicts knockout victory inside 5 rounds

By Boxing News - 06/16/2021 - Comments

By Jeff Aronow: Deontay Wilder’s Malik Scott is predicting an early knockout for his fighter within five rounds in his trilogy match against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on July 24th.

(Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions)

Scott has studied many films on Fury’s fights, and he’s found the areas that he believes he’s vulnerable.

With Malik’s pinpoint training, Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) will capitalize on those flaws when he faces Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month.

If Scott hasn’t improved Wilder’s inside game, he will not do well because Fury is expected to walk him down. In fact, Fury said that he’s going to bulk and use his size to work his way in close and then beat up Wilder.

In the training video of Wilder, you can see him using movement with Malik to try and avoid the pressure. It’s going to be difficult to hold back the 270-lb Fury if he chooses to come forward all night constantly. Wilder cant move forever without getting trapped or tired.

Scott: Wilder wants to decapitate Fury

“Deontay wants to decapitate Tyson Fury,” said Malik Scott To Secondsout. “I’m training him to be a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.

Image: Deontay Wilder's trainer Malik Scott predicts knockout victory inside 5 rounds

“This art is very violent; anything can come from this. What I’m doing is training him to be a two-time heavyweight champion of the world by any means.

“That’s what I’m saying. How I’m making sure he’s not living in the past is through preparation. My job is to train him. I can’t control his inside feelings. Deontay Wilder is his own man.

“My job is to train Deontay Wilder to be the best that he can be, which he is now. He’s going to get his title back for the second time in his career to become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.

“How he feels he wants to do that, that’s between him and God. My job is to prepare him for the task, and whichever way he wants to fulfill that, I’m fine with that,” said Scott about his training with Wilder.

As long as Wilder is accurate with his shots, he might be able to knock Fury out early, but he probably won’t be.

Wilder’s punch accuracy in his two fights with Fury has been dreadful, which is why he struggled the whole time. If Wilder had a great jab, he could give Fury problems outside, but he doesn’t.

This fight will likely come down to whether Wilder can land one of his bombs in the first six rounds. If not, he’s going to get battered by Fury on the inside all night.

Each time Wilder misses with a shot, Fury will nail him a half dozen times before he extricates himself to return to the outside.

Wilder may end up gunshy after a while, like Wladimir Klitschko when he fought Fury. Wladimir didn’t like getting countered after a  missed punch, so he stopped throwing.

Fury vs. Wilder III will sell itself

“I just think it comes from the mental adjustments that he’s made,” said Scott. “He may not be receptive to you guys, but he’s receptive to the most important people in his life to get this task done, and that’s myself.

Image: Deontay Wilder's trainer Malik Scott predicts knockout victory inside 5 rounds

“If Deontay doesn’t want to come in here and answer questions because his words are going t get flipped around.

“Everyone gets to the level where they get sick of that kind of s***. He’s probably sick of that kind of s***, and I don’t have a problem with him being like that.

“This fight is going to sell itself. The man is different; you guys are going to see on July 24th.

“I didn’t see one writer say, ‘He had a bad night at the office,'” said Malik about Wilder’s loss to Fury a year ago.

“He had a bad night at the office. We’re making all the wrongs right from that bad night. He has more than the right hand,” said Malik about Wilder’s bad night against Fury last year.

Wilder has the false assumption that he doesn’t need to help out with selling the fight. That’s wrong because he’s going to hurt promotion if he clams up during the press conferences.

If Deontay is going to give interviews, that may make up for him being silent during his one-on-ones with Fury, but it still will hurt the promotion.

While Fury is excellent at self-promotion and generating interviews with his antics at the press conferences, he can’t do it alone. Fury need’s Wilder’s cooperation, whether he recognizes that or not.

It would be good if Wilder grows up quickly and lets go of the past. Malik said that Wilder had put the past behind him, but evidently, that’s not the case. Instead, he’s still harboring a grudge over what happened to him last time.

It’s Wilder that chose to wear the heavy ring costume during his ring walk, not Fury. But, of course, that was Wilder’s brilliant idea to wear a 40+ lb costume during his ring walk.

Traps to be used by Deontay

“Speed, counter-punching, focus, long-range, surgical traps, discipline, receptiveness,” said Malik when asked what Wilder has besides his right hand to get the victory over Fury. “I’m not going to give a game plan away.
“Yeah,” Scott said when asked if Tyson Fury’s mental game can be cracked. “That’s two fighters with a serious beef, and it’s about blood, and that’s the way it’s looking. That’s the energy of it.

“Deontay Wilder being a two-time heavyweight champion of the world and knocking Tyson Fury inside of five rounds,” said Malik Scott in predicting the fight.

It’s good that Wilder and Malik plan on using traps against Fury, but what happens when he misses one of his right-hand shots? That’s where Fury took advantage of Wilder.

As soon as Wilder would miss with a shot, Fury would club him at close range repeatedly and hook his arm around him so he couldn’t escape.

We saw the same thing with Wladimir Klitschko in his fight with Fury. When Wladimir would throw a right hand, he would get countered by Fury at close range with repeated shots. Fury isn’t a big puncher, but his clubbing unches on the inside can do damage.

If Wilder had the inside fighting ability of one of the old-timer heavyweights like Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield, he could throw right hands from long range without worry.

He would be able to fight on the inside after he missed, and Fury would be in trouble because his only chance of winning is on the inside or at medium range. Fury can’t throw long punches because he doesn’t have the athletic ability or the hand speed.

YouTube video