Deontay Wilder’s Trainer Recounts Disastrous Sparring Experience With Tyson Fury: ‘I Decided Enough Was Enough’

Published 08/14/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
HYDE, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Tyson Fury trains during a media workout at Hatton Health & Fitness on July 31, 2018 in Hyde, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury has a reputation for manhandling his opponents and that isn’t restricted to his professional appearances. Getting inside the ring against ‘The Gypsy King’ can be traumatizing, be it in a sparring session or a championship level bout. Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder’s current trainer Malik Scott is well aware of that.

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Before becoming a professional trainer, Scott had been a top-tier heavyweight boxer for years. He even had an unsuccessful attempt at the world title against his current prodigy, Wilder. Scott suffered a first-round knockout loss in the fight and retired after three or challenges. However, nothing seems to have hampered him like a sparing session with Tyson Fury.

While Scott is currently preparing Wilder for a third showdown against the WBC champion, he connected with Boxing Scene and recalled the infamous sparring session, which Tyson Fury had talked about in the first official press conference of Fury vs Wider 3.

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Malik Scott said, “He was very good and mobile for a big man. Big personality, but you could tell he was missing a screw or two for the better if that makes sense.

“The first session we sparred I got hit by a right hook around my guard and it clogged my eardrum up. We boxed eight rounds that day. After that we did two more sessions throughout the week and my ear just got worse and worse so I decided enough was enough because I was still an active fighter at the time so I told [Tyson Fury’s uncle/former trainer] Peter [Fury] that would be it for me.”

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However, that’s history now, and Tyson Fury has a tough test ahead. A shock defeat can take a lot from Fury’s current status, including his WBC world heavyweight title.

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 – Epic Saga

The trilogy fight will happen on October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will end one of the biggest heavyweight rivalries of all time. But Tyson Fury’s camp had contracted Covid-19a few weeks back, which postponed the fight from July 9. So, the Brit camp might suffer a medical setback.

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Tyson Fury appears to have recovered and may have returned to the gym. However, Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott have been training for months and have vowed to be in their best forms ahead. Thus, the trilogy fight can actually offer an upset. Fury has all the chances of winning. But Wilder can offer something uncanny from his side.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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