Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Floyd Mayweather don’t get along, as the latter proved when choosing to champion Anthony Joshua.
Mayweather flew to England to show his preference for Joshua against Kubrat Pulev and posed for photographs with the British fighter. This move led to huge questions from the American fans as to why the pair could not work together or at least be amicable.
Wilder ruled out adding Floyd Mayweather to his coaching team for the Tyson Fury trilogy. The offer came from Floyd as “The ‘Bronze Bomber” fired Mark Breland for throwing in the towel against Fury in their February 2020 rematch.
Wilder eventually hired friend Malik Scott, but he did receive an offer of help from Mayweather before he made that decision.
Despite the graciousness of Mayweather, Wilder didn’t believe the ex-pound-for-pound king was genuine. But he did confirm his intention to bring someone in, which ended up being Scott.
“We are looking to work with another trainer. I like Derrick (James). He’s a great guy. I like the things he does,” Wilder told Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast.
“I like Foreman (George). We’ve had many discussions about different things about how he used to train.
“But with Floyd personally, I don’t feel he likes me. I think he’s just doing this for attention. Honestly, I can’t see how a guy who has bet against me in every fight wants to be my trainer.
“A guy who has nothing good to say about me since the start of my career. But now wants to be my trainer? – I don’t think he likes me or has my best interest at heart.”
Surprising comments from Wilder. That’s if you consider his alienation of many in the sport with his allegations at Fury. Breland was the first victim of the conspiracy theories from the Fury fallout. However, head trainer and co-manager Jay Deas escaped punishment.
Mayweather will continue helping out Rolly Romero and Gervonta Davis regardless as he puts his weight behind Joshua.
Deontay Wilder return
Wilder will confirm his next fight in the coming weeks after taking eight months out to spend time with his family.
Wilder will likely want a homecoming fight in his adopted city of New York before facing Andy Ruiz Jr. in late 2022 or early 2023.
Robert Helenius, Adam Kownacki, Otto Wallin, and Charles Martin are some names getting bandied in media circles for Deontay Wilder.
One thing is for sure; he won’t be working with Floyd Mayweather unless they resolve their differences.
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