This past Saturday, Deontay Wilder had his first “real test” against the 33 year old veteran, Malik Scott. It was a very short fight in which Wilder scored a controversial knockout victory. Scott didn’t seem ready for a fight like this as it appeared that he took a dive and just didn’t care to continue after feeling Wilder’s power. The knockout came from a lead left hook quickly followed by a straight that mostly landed on Scott’s glove. People are looking at the straight that was blocked and crying, “the fix was in” and “Scott took a dive” but in reality the left hook was the punch that did the damage. He was on his way down when the straight was blocked. Keep in mind fans Wilder has real power and all of his 31 wins came by knockout for a reason.
After the fight, Malik Scott confirmed my beliefs when he tweeted “Congratulations to Deontay Wilder on his victory last night. No excuses!!!..first they say I took a dive in the chisora fight like I paid the ref to count me out at the 8/9…smh.. I get hit wit a left hook directly on my temple by a pure puncher now I so called took another dive.”
So there you have it, there is no conspiracy. No one took a dive. It was just a mean left hook that landed on that sweet spot. For some reason not a lot of guys are calling out Wilder, except one. Shortly after the fight Heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo stated on Facebook, “Everyone is talking about how great Deontay Wilder is. They also did about Mike Tyson until he met Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield. Deontay Wilder is young, big, strong but he has never heard round 5, round 8, round 10, this is the last and final round. Touch gloves. And he won’t if he ever decides to fight me. Keep running Mr. Wilder, I’m not impressed.” Seems like there might be a future bout cooking for Wilder. However, he is more likely to face the winner of Steverns-Arreola, and bigger test, nonetheless.
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