Malik Scott Promises The ‘Old Wilder’ To Return Against Zhang

Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, has backed his fighter to improve from his last fight when he faces Zhilei Zhang.

Wilder looked out of sorts last December, losing a one-sided unanimous decision to Joseph Parker. The Bronze Bomber failed to utilize his best weapons. The right hand was nowhere to be seen, nor was Wilder’s jab, which is key to setting the shot up.

After the loss, Wilder blamed jetlag for his sluggish performance. Scott also pointed to Wilder’s Ayushyacha usage, suggesting that it took away his killer instinct. Facing Zhang is the perfect opportunity to show that Wilder is back. Zhang may pack a heavy punch, but he is a slow fighter, offering Wilder a big target. 

“Deontay was unable to pull the trigger, and I’ve seen it happen to the best. But I believe him [Wilder] being ashamed of that performance – and this goes for me too, that’s a performance I’m ashamed of. If he [Wilder] now goes in and is the Deontay Wilder that I’m always bragging about to you guys, you’re going to see Zhang fall, and it’s going to be a beautiful thing,” Scott said 

If Wilder comes up short, he may retire. A defeat would bring his record to four losses in his last five fights, reducing his chances of a world title shot. The Bronze Bomber also admitted it may be his last chance to secure the biggest fights, making a victory paramount.

“This fight I’m holding it as my last stand, my last chance, and that’s what I’m taking it as. I’m just ready to do what I’m known to do and be the Wilder I am,” Wilder stated 

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