The heavyweight division is missing something according to Malik Scott. Sure there’s still talent everywhere but something just seems off.
Ever since Deontay Wilder lost his WBC title to Tyson Fury, Scott, Wilder’s new head trainer, can notice the difference. Gone are the days when the Alabama native would put butts in seats and reward them for their loyalty by sending his opponents to the hospital.
Most of the division’s mainstays are dancing around one another. By and large, Scott loathes how the land of the big men is currently constructed. Although Fury beat Wilder fair and square on two separate occasions, Scott believes that the British star is watering down the division.
“Absolutely,” said Scott when asked if the division would be in a better place if Wilder was champion as opposed to Fury. “It’d be a lot more electrifying, a lot more entertaining. When he fights people are at the edge of their seats. There’s never been a heavyweight with his type of power. He’s dynamic, he’s fast, he has character.”
Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) might be beltless but he’s far from inconsequential. After stopping Robert Helenius in his first fight post-Fury, Wilder is hoping to get his hands on Anthony Joshua. If everything goes according to plan, the hard-hitting star will move on to a showdown against the winner of Fury and unified champ, Oleksandr Usyk.
Regardless of how things play out, Scott views Wilder as the only man who can breathe life into the division. Whether it’s Fury, Usyk, Andy Ruiz Jr., or another highly-ranked contender, Scott simply can’t stand them. He doesn’t have an issue with their skills or ambitions but more so with their overall personalities.
“These other guys are just corny, they’re corny individuals.”