DEONTAY WILDER’S head coach Malik Scott insists there’s some truth to the rumours Tyson Fury has been struggling in sparring.
Speculation about some of Fury‘s sparring partners getting the better of him was rife after the postponement of his trilogy fight with The Bronze Bomber.
A positive Covid test for Fury scuppered the pair’s July showdown, but Scott believes The Gypsy King’s alleged woes in sparring led to the fight being rescheduled.
During an appearance on The PBC podcast, he said: “Those so-called ‘rumours’ came from legitimate sources.
“When that can lead you to cancelling the fight, having demonic nightmares about fighting Wilder – that’s where the problem is.”
Scott isn’t surprised to hear rumours of Fury being roughed up in sparring given the calibre of partners he brought in for his latest training camp.
He continued: “To his credit, I’m not even big on that.
“He had Jared Anderson in camp with him, he had Efe [Ajagba] in camp with him, he had Christian [Thun] in camp with him.
“When I see all those guys he was in camp with, I knew for sure he was getting touched up.
“I would hope that’s why he was bringing them in, so that he can fight them off and not get touched up, because that’s what you do when you’re trying to prepare for the likes of Deontay Wilder.
“So it’s not shocking.
“Is it bragging rights to me, or anything like that? Not really. Lots of guys get touched up in sparring. That’s nothing.”
Fury and Wilder, 32 and 35 respectively, will renew their rivalry on October 9 in Las Vegas.
WBC king Fury won the pair’s rematch last February, registering a seventh-round TKO victory over Olympic bronze medallist.
The Brit has vowed to turn in an even better performance in their third meeting, saying: “I gave my game plan away the first time because he wasn’t good enough to do anything about it.
“And I’ll do the same thing this time because he’s not good enough to do anything about it.
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“Deontay Wilder is a one-trick pony. He’s got one-punch power, we all know that – great.
“But what I’m going to do to Deontay Wilder this time is I’m going to run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being.
“I guarantee he does not go past where he did before [the seventh round]”
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