Deontay Wilder’s trainer has weighed in a potential clash between his charge and Anthony Joshua and believes AJ, amongst others, simply aren’t on Wilder’s level.
Andy Ruiz Jr has been ordered by the WBC to face ‘The Bronze Bomber’ next in a title shot eliminator, but Malik Scott told BT Sport’s Chatterbox that he doesn’t expect that fight to cause Wider any issues.
“A Deontay that’s disciplined and a Deontay’s on a game plan, with all due respect that’s not a tough fight for Deontay at all and that’s saying a lot because Andy Ruiz is tough.”
It’s not just Ruiz that Scott thinks would be an easy night for Wilder, in fact he can only see one man giving him a test.
“His test is the Tyson Fury’s of the game.
I don’t believe the likes of Joshua, Usyk and Andy Ruiz – I don’t think they come close to Deontay when he’s focused and on point, I just don’t
Believe it or not, with this Deontay, I don’t think even Tyson Fury can beat him.”
Rumours of a fight between Joshua and Wilder have gained traction once again after Wilder’s manager Shelley Finkel was seen in London this past weekend.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has very much kept the door open to a meeting with Wilder in recent interviews, maintaining that a fight between the two is still amongst the biggest to made in boxing.
Although remaining coy on the status of any potential negotiations, Scott was willing to reveal his preferred location for a prospective, saying he’d prefer it to take place in the Middle East.
“If the fight [Wilder vs Joshua] does happen, I’d want it over in Dubai or with the Saudis. But I’m not the business man, I’m the head trainer – and there’s just never no telling how these things will end up.”
Wilder announced his return to the heavyweight division in destructive fashion last month, knocking out Robert Helenius in just one round at the Barclays Centre.
‘AJ’ fans are still awaiting news of his comeback opponent after a second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, with Joshua not expected to return to action until Spring 2023.