Malik Scott Admits Tyson Fury ‘Was Greater’ Than Deontay Wilder in Their Trilogy

Published 10/11/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury gave the fans a fight for the ages. On Saturday night, the two heavyweights went toe to toe for 11 rounds in an instant heavyweight classic. The capacity crowd at the T-Mobile Arena stood on their feet for all 11 rounds of carnage.

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After the fight, Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, praised Tyson Fury for his performance. He said, “I’ve always said he’s not ‘good’, he’s very good and damn near great. After tonight, I’m gonna, consider him a ‘great’ fighter. Much respect… [Wilder] was great, Fury was greater. The best man won.

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The fight felt like a rollercoaster in the early rounds. Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury dropped Wilder in the third round, but with not much time on the clock, Fury could not bring the fight to an end. Then in the fourth round, the American decked Fury twice, before he was saved by the bell.

After the first few rounds went by, ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Deontay Wilder, was running on empty for the rest of the fight. Fury sensed his chance, and the Briton rallied to knock him down for the final time in the 11th round.

After the fight, Deontay Wilder said he wasn’t good enough following his defeat to Tyson Fury. “I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened,” he said. “I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer.” 

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What’s next for Deontay Wilder? 

At 35 years of age, Deontay Wilder has a few choices going ahead in his career. One very strong possibility is that the Bronze Bomber may hang up his gloves, knowing very well that he won’t be champion again unless Fury goes away. On the other hand, Wilder may look to reinvent his game and crawl his way back to the top.

However, the odds of that happening are uneven, especially at 35. The heavyweight division is full of challengers, many of who even fought in the undercard of the fight on Saturday itself.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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