By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Malik “King” Scott, who replaced Mark Breland as “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder’s trainer of sorts for the World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title main event trilogy bout with Tyson Fury this past weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, competed in the heavyweight division from 2000 to 2016.
Scott is a great motivator and did his best to prepare Wilder for the epic trilogy battle with Tyson Fury. Wilder was on target through round four, when he dropped Tyson Fury twice. After round four, Wilder began telegraphing his power right hand before it arrived, which Fury was able to easily see and avoid. Wilder walked forward from the fifth round on with no “Plan B”, walking slowly on the retreat. Angles were no existent, making Wilder more of a reachable target, and beyond a certain point, a sitting duck for Fury’s come forward approach with power shots and body shots which were landing consistently.
Wilder possesses a devastating and wicked power right hand. Wilder stopped using his feints, jabs, or double jabs after round four to set up his right hand when he got tired. Wilder also does not throw many uppercuts or hooks and keeps his chin up when he gets tired. Wilder is known not to do road work, and his conditioning failed after the first 12 minutes.
Scott needs to reevaluate Wilder’s training methodology. After round four, Wilder fatigued, perhaps overexerting himself in round four to try to get Tyson Fury out of there early. Also, Wilder failed to keep his emotions in check before and at the start of this bout, falling into a trap reminiscent of the one George Foreman fell into before and during his bout with the late Muhammad Ali. In the first two rounds, Wilder fought with anger and was expending unnecessary nervous energy, which taxed his cardio.
Extra muscle mass which Wilder put on, in the long run, was hurting his muscular endurance. Tyson Fury was leaning on Deontay with his complete 280 pounds frame. Wilder weighed 238 pounds, seven pounds more than his second bout with Fury, the most he has ever weighed in his career, and all wondered why Scott let that happen. Wilder weighed 212 ½ pounds for his first bout with Fury and went the distance. A lower weight benefits Wilder by his performance history with Fury, and he needs to do roadwork to improve his stamina to convert to a technical boxer.