Like any professional sports team, a setback will make you re-evaluate your staff. Things were no different for Deontay Wilder. The Bronze Bomber swiftly made changes that are evident in camp for the third installment of Wilder-Fury 3.
As has been well documented by now, a previous co-trainer threw a towel in, leading to a stoppage and Wilder’s first loss in the second Tyson Fury fight. It didn’t take long for that trainer to be fired and a new staff was assembled.
The mainstay in Wilder’s career, trainer/manager Jay Deas, remains. But new energy has been added with the addition of Malik Scott. Scott, a former heavyweight contender, and Wilder have been friends for almost a decade due to a training camp they both participated in early in Wilder’s career.
“We met at the Tomasz Adamek camp when he was preparing to fight Vitali Klitschko,” Scott recalls, “We got to know each other and things we shared in common, like our mothers both share the same birthday.” Scott became close to both Wilder and Deas after the camp.
That bond never weakened, and the fighters went on to spar with each other over 50 times. Scott got his chance at stardom first as he fought Dereck Chisora for the WBO International title. He lost that fight at Wembley Stadium in London. Scott’s career was down, and the inevitable was scheduled. The two friends signed a contract for a fight in March of 2014 in Puerto Rico.
“When the fight was agreed to, we spoke on the phone. We said this was business and we’d see each other in the ring. We didn’t speak for the three months before the fight,” Scott said.
Scott lost that fight in the first round after receiving an equilibrium shot from Wilder. Wilder went on to win the title 10 moths later. Scott was there to spar. Wilder then won the WBC belt.
This will be the first camp since Wilder won the title that he did not spar with Wilder and will instead be guiding him to become a two-time champion. It’s a different look in the gym, as Scott isn’t just coming into town for a few weeks to spar. He’s now meeting with the other trainers to discuss preparations and bringing a new energy that is fueling Wilder through camp.
The third bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will take place October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be available on Pay-Per-View.