Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has given some cryptic clues surround the former world champion’s next fight, saying the team are exploring some “big options.”
Fans are awaiting an announcement on Wilder’s next move, after he exploded back onto the heavyweight landscape with a one round demolition of Robert Helenius last October.
And Scott, who has coached Wilder since his trilogy bout with Tyson Fury, told ES News that a decision was in the process of being made on ‘The Bronze Bomber’s next opponent.
“Deontay’s got some options right now – some big, big options. So we’re just going to see which direction we’re going to go and then get back in camp and get cooking.”
The WBC last year ordered a fight between Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr as a final eliminator for their iteration of the world title, however talks appear to have stalled between the two sides.
With both men signed to Al Haymon’s PBC, a dust up between the pair should be an easy one to make, though recent reports suggest issues have crept up regarding the date of a potential bout.
However, there is a sense these issues will be overcome and the boxing will be treated to an all American heavyweight showdown this spring.
Scott had said in previous interviews he would prefer a long awaited fight with Anthony Joshua over Ruiz, but with ‘AJ’s next two contests seemingly pencilled in, this idea looks to have been parked until the second half of the year.
Joshua will face Wilder’s countryman Jermaine Franklin on April 1st, and if successful, is expected to take on long time rival Dillian Whyte in a rematch this summer.