Deontay Wilder Trainer’s Opens Up On ‘Frustrating’ Negotiations For Anthony Joshua Fight


Malik Scott, the trainer of Deontay Wilder says the negotiations for the fight against Anthony Joshua are frustrating.

Wilder vs. Joshua is one of the biggest fights to make in boxing, and the hope is it will happen in early 2024. However, it hasn’t come to fruition yet and Eddie Hearn recently came out and talked about some hurdles that they are facing.

“Politically, it sounds like there’s a lot going on,” Hearn told Boxing King Media (h/t BoxingScene). “It doesn’t just have to happen in Saudi Arabia. There are now other talks about other countries that it could take place in. …There is a movement of management and ownership of boxing in Saudi and it’s up to them what they want to do. If they don’t do Joshua-Wilder maybe it goes somewhere else.”

After hearing Hearn’s comments, Malik Scott was asked about the fight and he said it has been frustrating for him and Deontay Wilder. They are hoping to fight and be active, but for a variety of different reasons, it hasn’t come to fruition.

“It’s a real frustrating frustration, because to me, out of everybody, Deontay is the one, as far as activity, is the one that misses out,” Scott told ESNews. “It’s a lot of promises, but it seems the promises are being broken a little bit. But we’ll see.”

As of right now, when Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua will happen, or if it will is to be seen.

Deontay Wilder (43-2-1) hasn’t fought since October 2022 when he scored a first-round knockout over Robert Helenius. The victory over Helenius got him back into the win column after losing back-to-back fights to Tyson Fury. He’s the former WBC heavyweight champion and holds notable wins over Luis Ortiz, twice, Dominic Breazeale, Chris Arreola, and Gerald Washington.

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