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Deontay Wilder’s trainer ranks his fighter, Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua compared to past eras
September 21, 2023
Malik Scott says Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk would be competitive in any era of boxing.
As the trainer of Wilder, there is bound to be some bias, but Scott also named Fury and Usyk. However, he doesn’t hold much hope for Anthony Joshua.
“I think in any era Deontay Wilder, even if he wouldn’t have reigned supreme, his presence would’ve been felt by anybody, and I’m talking the [Muhammad] Ali’s, [George] Foreman, everybody,” Scott told talkSPORT.
“I believe he would have been a force to be reckoned with in any era and I believe the same thing about Tyson Fury.
“I’m not that sure about too many of the other guys. I think Oleksandr Usyk also, Usyk to me is a lot better than he gets credit for.”
And while he did not name Joshua in the same vein as the other fighters, Scott believes AJ is a talented boxer.
“Joshua is a big guy that can fight, he got too many muscles, it seems like everyone stateside talks about his build more than they talk about his skill set,” Scott said.
“In my opinion, Joshua puts together punches more than any heavyweight in the last 10-15 years, I mean combinations, he puts punches together very well.
“I think [Joshua’s] a very good fighter and he’s becoming underrated by a lot of his peers, not really a lot of people on my side.”
With that being said, should Joshua and Wilder fight in the future, Scott is backing his man, as he said: “My whole thing with AJ before I even trained Deontay was that stylistically he over commits.
“If you look at any time he’s been hurt it’s because he reaches over his front knee with his chin up when he boxes.
“That has been changed a little bit since he’s been trained by Derrick James.
“But, I still think that all you’ve got to do is want to punch at Deontay, which he will, and if he reaches and over commits then he’ll pay like he never paid before and in my opinion it’s a three or four-round fight.”
Joshua and Wilder have been in talks for a while now and they were expected to clash in Saudi Arabia early next year, but recently negotiations seem to have stalled.
Although Scott is still hopeful that the fight will go ahead, saying: “The business aspect of boxing can be extremely disappointing at times and we’re at a standpoint now where a lot of promises have been made that aren’t being kept.
“Deontay is training three or four days a week and I’m sure Joshua is doing something.
“Both of these guys are at the point where they want to fight each other, but the frustrating thing about boxing is the business and that’s what’s holding everything up right now.”