Deontay Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott has revealed what happened when he joined one of Tyson Fury’s camps as a sparring partner while he was still an active fighter
Deontay Wilder’s coach Malik Scott has explained what occurred when he spent some time sparring with Tyson Fury several years ago. Wilder and Fury are set to fight for the third time in October, with Fury having dominated the previous bout in February 2020.
Scott was doing a Q and A session on his Instagram page when a follower asked about the sparring sessions, which have been brought up at the press conferences for the heavyweight contest.
Scott explained on his Instagram story: “I flew to Brussels, Belgium, alone.
“Boxed Fury a few sessions. He was very good and mobile for a big man.
“Big personality but you could tell he was missing a screw or two for the better if that makes sense.”
Scott went on to talk about the injury he suffered during the sparring which Fury has mocked him for at the press conferences.
He wrote: “The first session we sparred I got hit by a right hook around my guard and it clogged my eardrum up. We boxed eight rounds that day.
“After that we did two more sessions throughout the week and my ear just got worse and worse so I decided enough was enough because I was still an active fighter at the time so I told Peter [Fury’s dad] that would be it for me.
“They paid me my money, gave me a train ticket and I wished them luck and the rest is history, the end.”
Scott was hired as Wilder’s trainer after the latter blamed his team for losing the last fight after they threw in the towel in the seventh round. That was the least bizarre of Wilder’s excuses, given that he also claimed to have lost power as a result of the elaborate suit he wore for his walk-in.
Scott actually fought Wilder when he was still active. In 2013, the two Americans faced-off in a brief duel as Wilder knocked out his future coach in the very first round.
Fury was due to fight Anthony Joshua in July but an arbitration court ordered him to honour the rematch clause with Wilder. Joshua is now fighting Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Fury takes on Wilder in Las Vegas at the T Mobile Arena on October 9.