Malik Scott Blames Wilder For The Losses – ‘He Ain’t A Killer No More’

June 16, 2024
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Malik Scott has slammed his critics over Deontay Wilder’s performance after the Bronze Bomber was knocked out. 

Wilder was stopped in the fifth round, which was his second consecutive loss following the defeat to Joseph Parker. It also took Wilder’s record with Scott to one win in four bouts since they began working together for the third Tyson Fury fight. The only win they have had has been a first-round knockout win over Robert Helenius. That has led to big question marks over Scott’s training methods. Scott has attempted to make Wilder box and move, rather than using his two biggest weapons: the right hand and the jab. 

Scott On Wilder

Those two assets were instrumental in making Wilder a knockout artist, who won the WBC Heavyweight Title. Wilder had ten successful defenses all under the direction of Mark Breland. But when Breland was fired after the second Fury fight, Wilder never looked the same. Scott has responded by freeing himself of the blame. 

“Imagine seeing a killer their whole career, then all of a sudden you’re not seeing that killer anymore and it comes across like, if you take the facts away from it, wow he ain’t a killer no more because of Malik Scott. I can’t take Deontay’s killer instinct away. Only Father Time can do that. Because can’t nobody give you a killer instinct. This thing is in you or it’s not.

“Just to see if I’m right about that, look at every killer up to the second half of their career. You think Kevin McBride would have a chance at beating an early Mike Tyson? Absolutely not. When fighters get on the second half of their career, they’re not 22 or 23 no more,” Scott said

Scott’s Reaction

Wilder’s father has called on his son to get rid of Scott. The Bronze Bomber knocked out Scott during his professional boxing career, suggesting Wilder could not respect someone he was better than. Scott also does not have training experience before Wilder. This is his first job at the elite level, and against the best opposition, he has come up short. There are only so many times that the blame can be directed at Wilder before Scott has to take accountability. While that may be the case, his comments have suggested that Wilder cannot replicate what he used to do. If that is the case, it may be time for Scott to have those conversations with his fighter. 

“I’ve been in boxing since I was twelve years old. If someone think I’m stupid enough to try and change Deontay Wilder into a Muhammad Ali type of fighter…My job is to train the fighter, and make him believe in himself and make him get through days he thinks he can’t. I’m not a miracle worker. We just had an awful night, and not even just the knockout. Even before the knockout, we had one mini good moment,” Scott added 

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