“He’s Next”- Malik Scott Warns Anthony Joshua of Deontay Wilder

Published 07/07/2021, 2:09 AM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 05: WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder works out for the media at Churchill Boxing Club on November 05, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder seems solely focused on Tyson Fury ahead of the epic trilogy fight, which might bring him back his lost belt. However, Wilder and his team have envisioned some plans beyond that. For a brief period in the boxing universe, Wilder vs Joshua was a much-anticipated bout.

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Although the matchup doesn’t look likely to happen now, Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has shared his opinion on ‘AJ’. ‘King’ Scott’ praised Joshua’s success, before targeting a fight between him and Wilder,

Speaking about Anthony Joshua, Malik Scott said, “Very good fighter. Has shown improvements over time. After we KO Tyson Fury, he’s next. Undisputed.”

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First, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will have to surpass Fury and then advance to the unification bout. Following a lopsided defeat in 2020, not many people have backed Wilder to win the trilogy on July 24. However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ seems unbothered about the critics and has vowed to dismantle Tyson Fury in their third meeting.

That said, Anthony Joshua will defend his unified belts against WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk next. If Wilder and Joshua secure wins in their next appearances, only then we can envision a unification matchup between them. Although several factors can hamper the possible showdown, there’s no denying that Wilder vs Joshua would allure several boxing fans.

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As per the ongoing scenario, all the big heavyweight bouts may lead to the unification clash by the end of this year. Hence, Joshua and Wilder are two of the most prominent contenders in the race. While Anthony Joshua holds the unified heavyweight belts, the Alabama native doesn’t have a world title around his waist.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, a win against Tyson Fury would change that and revive Wilder’s status in the heavyweight division. Although it wouldn’t be an undemanding task, Deontay Wilder can still shock the world with a big win on board.

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Despite his setback, he remains one of the best boxers in the world and his dynamite right hand is the stuff of legend. Hence, an upset over Fury and progress to a bout against ‘AJ’ is certainly on the cards.

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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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