Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua: Malik Scott gives latest fight update

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Deontay Wilder hasn’t given up hope of fighting Anthony Joshua before the year is out, according to his trainer Malik Scott.

The Bronze Bomber made a successful comeback last October, beating Robert Helenius via knockout in an eliminator for Tyson Fury‘s heavyweight belt.

Joshua, meanwhile, came up short against Oleksandr Usyk for the second time a few months earlier.

Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel recently revealed that he has reached out to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn over a potential heavyweight superfight.

And according to Scott, that offer still stands despite apparently being met with radio silence at the other end.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

“Hopefully it is still on the table,” Scott told

“It’s never going to tell what AJ and his team are going to do. We know they are definitely in the phase of rebuilding him. And it’s funny that we say that the two-time heavyweight champion of the world has to go through a rebuilding stage but that’s their prerogative to do how they want to do it.

“It’s all on them. We’re ready to go whenever. Just give us a call.

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“Deontay wants the fight but AJ don’t want to fight him. If he did they would have fought already. It really is that simple.

“But I know for a fact he wouldn’t last more than three rounds with Deontay. Once Deontay clips him it’s over. Deontay hits harder than any God-fearing man I know.

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“AJ has his flaws, we know his weaknesses, we’ve all seen them. That’s why I think his team don’t want to risk it. At the end of the day they’re the ones who are holding it up.

“So don’t be blaming us because we’re the ones who want it. Deontay wants the biggest fights possible. If it does happen I would like to think it will happen later this year.”

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In terms of location, Scott hopes the fight will take place in Saudi Arabia if it does eventually happen.

“Location is very important for this fight one because of revenue two because of fanbase or whichever there is no particular order,” he added.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

“No there is a particular order because these guys put their life on the line so it concerns revenue and it concerns the fanbase.

“So me myself personally I would like for it to be in Saudi Arabia. If not Saudi Arabia, then it has to happen in the UK, or whoever is going to pay Deontay Wilder the most money to feed himself and feed his family and keep his legacy going.

“But I also have Gerald Washington. He’s more than ready.

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“We’ve been working together for more than a year now. I’ve been drilling him and not only is he ready to fight Anthony Joshua, Gerald Washington is ready to fight anyone and everyone who is available, any big name who is ready to step into the ring.”

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