Deontay Wilder to likely continue career says trainer Malik Scott
By William Lloyd: Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott says ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has no intention of retiring from the sport following his 11th round knockout loss to Tyson Fury last Saturday night.
Malik points out that the former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) has already set for life financially and is fighting for the love of the sport of boxing.
Indeed, Malik says if the possibility arises for Wilder to face the unbeaten ‘Gyspy King’ Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) in a fourth or even a fifth fight in the future, they may choose to take it.
In the meantime, Malik isn’t sure what Wilder’s plans are for his next fight. He’s going to take a needed rest after his grueling battle last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
At some point, Wilder and his promoters will come up with an opponent for his next fight. With the way Deontay fought last Saturday night in his thrilling war with Fury, he has plenty of options for his next contest. This isn’t the end; instead, it’s a new beginning, the ‘Bronze Bomber.’
Malik expects Deontay to continue his career
“I seriously doubt that,” said trainer Malik Scott to iFL TV when asked if he thinks Wilder will never fight again after his loss to Fury.
“If that is the case and that should happen as I said, he put the work in and set his family up to where Deontay doesn’t have to fight.
“That’s the only reason I’m saying I doubt that, or I’m not certain, because we’re talking about an individual that doesn’t have to do this to make a living.
“We’re talking about somebody that is really set up and financially secure. We’ll see because retirement is not in our plans at all and his plans, and that’s not something that we discussed.
“If we ever have to do it again [with Fury] and they do it four or five times [then so be it],” said Malik about the hypothetical possibility of Deontay facing Tyson once or twice more.
For Wilder to get a fourth fight with Fury, he needs to pick up a couple of high profile wins over Andy Ruiz Jr., Joseph Parker, Joe Joyce, or Daniel Dubois.
It must be a well-respected heavyweight for Wilder to beat for him to have the possibility of fighting Fury again.
Wilder can’t beat someone old and shopworn like Bermane Stiverne or Luis Ortiz and expect those victories to be good enough to lure Fury into fighting him again.
Deontay almost beat Fury, so there’s no need to be talking about him retiring from the sport.
Wilder needs to lose some muscle weight, get back down to 220 lbs, and work on his conditioning so that he doesn’t continue gas out like we saw last Saturday night against Fury.
Fury #1, Deontay #2, Usyk #3 – Malik ranks heavyweights
“Right now, you have to go with the Gypsy King because he beat us yesterday, then Deontay Wilder,” said Scott in ranking his top heavyweights.
“Tyson Fury today, Deontay Wilder, [Oleksandr] Usyk and Anthony Joshua. Let me say this. Dillian Whyte, let’s a chuck a 5.
“Deontay Wilder would rather go out like he did last night than how it was taken away from him in the second fight. In the last fight [with Fury], he felt he didn’t get a chance to show people what he’s made of and not just power.
“He wanted to show people he’s made of passion, grit, heart to go out on his shield, and you have to commend that,” said Malik about Deontay.
It might upset some boxing fans that Malik Scott rates Wilder above IBF/WBA/WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, and Dillian Whyte.
Some fans would argue that with the way Wilder looked against Fury last weekend, he’d lose to all three of those fighters.
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