Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has issued a chilling warning to Anthony Joshua, saying his charge will make the Brit ‘pay’ for wasting his time should the two ever meet in the ring.
Speaking to Fair Betting Sites, Scott revealed the potential fight had become personal for Wilder and that the Alabama man still harboured resentment about how the negotiation process played out when the two men were both champions.
“It’s extremely personal to Deontay because the fight was in the process of being made. Deontay and AJ shared emails and it didn’t happen and so much time was wasted. Deontay felt AJ let the fight down.
“Eddie Hearn and those guys let the fight down. So, it was extremely personal, time was wasted, Deontay didn’t get the big fight. And now fighting AJ will put him in a position to make them pay for that, to make them pay for wasting his time and make them pay for playing with emails, making them pay for things like that.”
“So in my opinion, it’s very personal, you know, because I know the inside story, I’m with my fighter every day in training camp and I know the things that he expressed. Nothing will make him happier on the night than knocking Anthony Joshua out.”
The talks in question occurred in 2017 when the two knockout artists held all four belts in the heavyweight division, however things turned sour in the public eye and relations between the two camps seem to be existent with Shelly Finkel even admitting to ignoring an offer from Eddie Hearn.