Deontay Wilder confirms new trainer as he prepares for comeback with sights set on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua
Deontay Wilder has now officially confirmed that he’s appointed former opponent Malik Scott to his training team.
The former WBC heavyweight world champion is back in the gym preparing for a comeback this year and has posted multiple clips of himself on the pads over the past few weeks.
In his newest post, he showed two minutes of taking instructions from Scott – the man he’s had holding the pads of late.
He captioned it with confirmation of the appointment: “An amazingly peaceful session with my brother and new trainer Malik Scott.”
It is assumed that Scott will join the team alongside Wilder’s head trainer Jay Deas, replacing former co-trainer Mark Breland.
Following his rematch defeat to Tyson Fury, Wilder sacked Breland – who threw in the towel to end the bout.
When they first met, Wilder and Scott were rivals.
The heavyweight contender was 30-0 (30 KOs) and closing in on his WBC title shot when he faced the 36-1-1 opponent.
Scott had recently suffered his first ever defeat to Derek Chisora in the UK.
He was known to be a slippery boxer and tough to hit clean.
It was thought he could provide an awkward test for the unbeaten Wilder.
However, this did not turn out to be the case.
In the first round, Wilder threw a left hook followed by a straight right hand which floored Scott against the ropes.
His senses were scrambled and he was unable to make it back to his feet.
Fans and commentators questioned how the KO had came about and controversy grew around the finish.
As replays were shown on big screens in the arena, fans started booing.
They were focussing on the finishing right hand from Wilder, which barely grazed Scott’s head.
This led to suggestions that he had taken a dive.
On closer inspection, it was actually the initial left hook from Wilder which caught Scott on the top of the head and ended the contest.