By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder’s coach Malik Scott isn’t buying any of the news about Tyson Fury’s team having a COVID 19 outbreak that could postpone the July 24th fight.
Malik sees more games by Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) to try and throw Wilder off to get an edge.
Scott believes that Fury doesn’t want to defend his WBC title against Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) and is looking for a way to weasel out of the fight.
Wilder is still training hard, and he’s not going to buy into the fake news about Fury or someone on his team having COVID 19. He’s continuing with his sparring and will be treating the fight as still taking place on July 24th until he hears otherwise.
If Fury didn’t have to be dragged kicking & screaming into the trilogy match, Malik might believe the COVID 19 news from his camp. Unfortunately, Fury wasn’t receptive to fighting Wilder again, so whatever he or his team says, Team Wilder doesn’t believe it.
Malik doesn’t believe the Fury news
“I don’t think. We’re getting ready to go to work right now. Everything is remaining the same. We’re not going for no bananas or tailpipes,” said Malik Scott to ESNEWS about the July 24th fight against Tyson Fury needing to be postponed.
“I don’t care about the media or nothing like that. We’re staying zoned in.
“As I said, we’re about to go put in these rounds of sparring, get some good floor work in, and get Deontay recovered because this is a big week of sparring for us. We don’t go for any of that type of that.
“You got to realize that we’re dealing with a fighter [Fury] that I don’t believe nothing he says,” said Malik about Fury.
“We’re dealing with a fighter that says, ‘I’m going to come into the ring 300 lbs.’
“I don’t believe it. We’re dealing with a guy that says he and Conor McGregor are best friends, and then McGregor says he doesn’t even know the guy.
“You just never know with Tyson. The way you treat people that you know you can’t take their word for s***, you just have to stay prepared so that you don’t have to get ready.
“That’s what we’re doing. That type of news didn’t shatter the camp at all; it’s a laughing matter.
“In about 34 minutes, Deontay Wilder will be in the ring sparring, going hard, the same he’s been doing for the rest of the days,” Scott said.
It’s good that Wilder isn’t stopping his training for the fight because if he were to do that, he could lose valuable time if this is more game-playing from Fury.
As atrophied and flabby as Fury has looked recently, he may want more time to pack on the muscle he lost last year. Fury looks like he’s lost a good 20 lbs of muscle that he had in their last fight.
Without that bulk, Fury may end up getting knocked out again, like in the first fight.
Deontay is surgical in sparring
“He’s been extremely receptive; this is the best I’ve ever seen him,” said Malik about Deontay.
“I’m sure this is the best you’ve guys have ever seen him. None of that is a coincidence. He’s made his mind up that he wants to rededicate himself.
“He’s doing it in a lot more surgical way. So we’re having a lot of fun. Our sparring partners are feeling pain, and I’m looking forward to Fury feeling pain as well.
“Like I said, redemption and retribution is upon us. Deontay Wilder is more than ready.
“His mindset is somewhere else that I’ve never seen him before. “He’s evil; he’s mean, he’s receptive, his mind is open. I’m loving it,” said Scott about Wilder.
“He’s beyond ready for this. Nothing no one is going to say, or any news that is put out is going to stop us from being motivated at the task at hand,” said Scott.
We saw the bloody shoes for Wilder that were posted on social media this week from his recent sparring sessions. From looking at those shoes, you can tell that Wilder means business 100% for the Fury trilogy match.
You got to wonder what Fury thought when he saw Wilder’s bloody shots. Did Fury lose his nerve? Is that was this is about? It’s hard to know, but it’s clear that Malik and Deontay don’t believe this COVID 19 news from Fury’s camp.
Is Fury looking for a way out?
“When we’re dealing with title defenses, there’s always some way out, some s*** happening,” said Scott.
“If this is a banana in the tailpipe, we’re not going for it. If this is some kind of distraction, we’re not distracted at all. Deontay Wilder is focused on becoming a two-time heavyweight champion in the world.
“We’re just ready. I’m very serious, and he’s very serious too because this is for all the marbles. It’s more than a boxing match for myself and more than a boxing match for Deontay.
“For one, because we’re going against a very credible opponent. We’re going against someone, whatever the circumstances were, beat us last time,” said Scott.
It sounds like a classic duck job on Fury’s part, but he knows he can’t swerve the rematch with Deontay and walk away.
Charles Brun believes that Fury’s two tough sparring partners Jared Anderson and Efe Ajagba, have been working him over in camp, and he likely realizes that he needs the size that he had for the second fight with Wilder.
That was a fight in which Fury came in at a career-high 273 lbs and looked like he’d been hitting the weights for months.
Fury resembled an offensive lineman on an NFL team, and he had too much size for the 231-lb Deontay in that fight.
Of course, the rabbit punching that Fury was doing in the fight was the tipping point.
Wilder is beyond ready
“We’re also going because we want to become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world. The team is serious, and the motivation is very serious over, and it’s intense.
“Deontay is beyond ready. I’ve never seen him like this. I keep reiterating that because I’m extremely proud of the way he’s grasped these more consistent things that we’re having him do it.
“The way that he’s grasped having his whole life turned into boxing. 700. You said a scale from 1 to 100; he’s beyond that.
“Everything I’ve asked him and everything the team has asked of him, he’s done that and more. We’ve asked him to create, and he’s created beyond.
“We’ve asked him to paint with his jab, and he has painted masterpieces in the canvas that we call a boxing ring,” said Scott.
It sounds like Deontay is having his best camp ever under the training by Malik. You have to wonder if Fury somehow got some video of Wilder sparring that made him realize that he’s ready to deal with the improved version of the Bronze Bomber.