Undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder has given his own scathing report of last week’s UK heavyweight action as the WBC title contender gears up to fight Malik Scott on March 15.
The 28 year-old, who is heading to Puerto Rico in search of his 31st straight win inside four rounds, is on the cusp of a world title fight and knows just one more triumph could seal a fight with Bermane Stiverne or Chris Arreola.
Standing in his way is compatriot Scott, who has 36 victories from 38 bouts having recovered from his solitary loss against Dereck Chisora last July with a low-key two round stoppage earlier this year. Wilder says the defeat against ‘Del Boy’ is a debatable one at best though and was not impressed by the Briton’s recent win over Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson.
“I think Malik Scott fought a smart fight against Chisora and he used all his attributes well,” Wilder exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Malik was winning, but I 100% feel the fight was stopped too early. He wasn’t hurt by Chisora, maybe dazed, but definitely not hurt but oh well that is boxing.
“I expect a similar Malik Scott to come when we fight as he has shown great skills throughout his career and proven why he’s one of the best in the division.
“He should have been given more of a chance against Chisora, who won again last week with a same old one trick pony performance that once again showed that he is nothing special.
“But for me the saddest part is Kevin Johnson as he is a waste of time for anyone to fight. He is just a stepping mate for fighters to stay busy. I told people he would get tired and lean on the ropes and that’s just what he did. He is a bitch and a waste of an American fighter. The only thing that he will ever be great at is using his mouth and he can’t use that to fight!”
Tyson Fury was also the subject of some stern words from Wilder after ‘2 Fast’ came in at a career-high 277lbs for his first bout in almost a year on the same card as Chisora at the Copper Box Arena in London.
“(Wilder laughs) What a boring fight! I was drifting off to sleep. Tyson and his camp ought to be ashamed of themselves for the shape he’s in. That’s ridiculous!
“I think if Joey Abell could take a shot just like he was giving it he would have won the fight.”
Despite his damning verdict on his two rivals in the heavyweight rankings, Wilder is fully focused on the task at hand against Scott next month, with the biggest prize of all within touching distance for the ‘Bronze Bomber’ after six years of building up his name.
“The world title is almost there, most definitely,” said Wilder. “Once I win, it is ruled by the WBC that the new champ will have a immediate mandatory fight against me because the belt is vacant and as far as I’m concerned, whoever wins the belt out of Stiverne and Arreola wont be champion for long I guarantee that!”
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