‘He was never depressed…it was all bull****’: Deontay Wilder did NOT struggle mentally after loss to Tyson Fury, insists new trainer Malik Scott as coach hail his ‘perfect match’ with Bronze Bomber ahead of trilogy fight
- Deontay Wilder prepares for his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury on July 24 24
- The American is still recovering from his first-ever defeat to the Gypsy King last year
- The Bronze Bomber was reported to struggle mentally after the loss
- Wilder’s new head coach Malik Scott has labeled those claims as ‘bull****’
Deontay Wilder was “never depressed” after losing to Tyson Fury in February 2020, according to his new head coach and former heavyweight fighter Malik Scott.
The American boxer suffered his first loss of his career against the Gypsy King last year, in a rematch after their controversial draw before their first fight in December 2018.
The 35-year-old has been widely reported to have struggled with his mental health since that fight — but as Scott and Wilder now gear up for a July 24 trilogy fight with Fury in Las Vegas, the Bronze Bomber’s trainer has branded that. as ‘bulls****’.
Deontay Wilder was ‘never depressed’ after losing to Tyson Fury last year, his trainer emphasizes
Wilder was knocked out by the Gypsy King in February 2020 for his first loss of his career
Scott told the PBC podcast: ‘He was never depressed. Never. He was focused on the game we’re focusing on now – when he rolls out of bed, he’s training. When he rolls out of bed, he goes to his holding tank. When he rolls out of bed, his nutritionist is there. He was never depressed. They were all bulls****.
“If Deontay Wilder has been depressed, I pray to God that I reach that level of depression because when I tell you I am extremely proud of him, not as a fighter I trained, but as someone I consider my brother – not the things that happen in the ring that I’m proud of, just all the smart investments he’s made.
‘All the acres he lives on. All the people he helps and everything he does, except what happens in the ring.”
Wilder’s new head coach Malik Scott (right) labeled the boxer’s depressive claims as ‘bull****’
The Bronze Bomber immediately installed Scott as his new head coach after the loss of Fury, replacing Mark Breland and Jay Deas – though the latter is still part of the US boxing camp.
Wilder has been very vocal in recent days about the third Fury fight later this summer, claiming he wants to “legally kill” and “disfigure” the Gypsy King so his mom wouldn’t even know who he was.”
The American has also accused boxing authorities of turning a blind eye to Fury’s “cheating” regarding the legality of Fury’s gloves.
Scott has claimed that Wilder’s response to the loss of Fury last year provoked an immediate response from the Bronze Bomber, and the preparations that have been made have “worked perfectly.”
Scott (left) says Wilder’s response to the loss was immediate and his plans ‘worked perfectly’
The trainer continued: “If he was that depressed… I’ll tell you this: we’ll say we got out of the ring at 11:45 am after the loss to Fury. At 3 or 4 a.m. – it was around somewhere then – we were already moving to put the piece together with what’s going on now.
“He was already planning, like, ‘Bro I want you, you’re my chieftain now.” We knew that from day one, that investments had to be made and certain things had to be done. It worked perfectly.
“Since that loss, of course, he has never lost before. That was not a happy feeling. Plus, he felt like a lot of things had been done that didn’t work in his favor for that fight… the depression was never a thing.”