THROWBACK: Deontay Wilder Knocks Out His Trainer, Malik Scott, in a Pro Boxing Match

Published 06/08/2021, 9:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder walks to a neutral corner after Luis Ortiz goes down but it was ruled a slip during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is one of the scariest boxers on the planet. Despite not being one of the biggest heavyweights, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has shown his insane punching power on several occasions.

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Ultimately, his power took him to the very top of the heavyweight division and led him to the WBC title. And along the way, one of the unlucky opponents on Wilder’s way to the top was his current trainer, Malik Scott.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 13: Deontay Wilder poses with the belt during a news conference with Tyson Fury at The Novo Theater at L.A. Live on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The 42-1-1 boxer took on Scott in 2014 in what was his 31st professional bout. Wilder went into the bout as the firm favorite while Scott was entering the twilight of his career. However, with only one career defeat at the time, some expected Scott to put up a good showing.

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Unfortunately for Scott, things did not go to plan. In typical Wilder fashion, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ started slowly, threw two jabs to feel out his opponent, and then with a devastating left-hook, straight right-hand combination, sent Scott to the ground. The then 33-year-old could not get up before the count, and Wilder took home the knockout victory.

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When did Malik Scott become the trainer of Deontay Wilder?

Despite making light work of his opponent, the former world champion showed his respect to his compatriot after the fight by embracing him. Therefore, there was no bad blood between the two heavyweights. And proof of this is the fact that Scott is now the new trainer of Deontay Wilder.

Wilder found himself without a trainer after he sacked Mark Breland for protecting him from further damage against Tyson Fury. He received heaps of criticism for the way he treated Breland. And the pair even got into an ugly war of words. Thus, it looked like Wilder would have a tough time finding a new trainer.

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NORTHPORT, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 05: Deontay Wilder participates in a media workout at New Era Boxing & Fitness on November 05, 2019 in Northport, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)

However, he confirmed Scott as his new trainer last month on his social media. And since then, posted several videos of their training. Based on his posts, it appears Wilder is happy training under the tutelage of Malik Scott.

What do you make of this unlikely union between Malik Scott and Deontay Wilder?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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