Deontay Wilder’s trainer and former heavyweight contender, Malik Scott, is confident he knows what would happen should Tyson Fury ever fight Anthony Joshua following his lacklustre showing against Francis Ngannou.
The majority of fight fans expected Lineal and WBC champion Fury to play with former MMA champion Ngannou when the pair met in the squared circle in Riyadh.
Across 10 rounds, however, Ngannou remained competitive and even shocked the world by knocking Fury down in the third round. Fury got up and saw out a split decision points win, but came out with a diminished reputation.
Speaking to ESNews, Scott was asked how British rival Joshua would get on against Fury after that showing.
“Anthony Joshua against Fury? That Fury, he’ll beat. And I believe [Joshua will] beat Ngannou. There is only one man who knocks him out cold, and I think we know who that is, Deontay Wilder.”
“He’ll beat this Fury. His feet will be too much for Fury.”
Scott highlighted the punishment Fury has taken across his career and the effect that is now starting to have.
“Even though Fury won this fight [with Ngannou] I don’t know, father time, he’s an older 35. He’s been in three fights with Wilder. That was Fury’s eighth time getting knocked down.”
Whether Fury is in decline or it was just an off night, fans will find out when he steps into the ring with Usyk for the contracted and historic undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, set for February next year.