Deontay Wilder stunned fans with his ferocious power and blistering speed in a series of training clips shared on Instagram, as the Bronze Bomber prepares for his October showdown against Tyson Fury.
Wilder was set to face Fury in a highly anticipated trilogy bout later this month, scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The contest was set to take place almost a year-and-a-half on from Fury’s stunning seventh-round knockout of Wilder in their previous fight, and the Gypsy King was set to enter the trilogy clash as a heavy favourite.
However, on July 8 ESPN reported that multiple people in Fury’s camp had tested positive for COVID-19, including the current WBC heavyweight champion himself.
While the delay has undoubtedly frustrated fight fans, it has also given Wilder considerably more time to prepare himself and continue developing the skills needed to defeat the Gypsy King in October.
In footage shared by Wilder’s freshly appointed head coach Malik Scott, the former WBC heavyweight champion showcased a new, slightly more erratic style of movement as well as an improved ability to pivot out of an exchange.
Alongside these new layers to the Bronze Bomber’s game, he showed off his vaunted right hand and his wicked fast body jab, one of the most underrated parts of his skillset.
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Following his loss to Fury in 2020, Wilder fired former head coach Mike Breland after the famed trainer threw in the towel to end the contest.
Several months ago, the former Olympic bronze medallist elected to hire close friend and former opponent Scott as his new coach.
Scott and Wilder first crossed paths in 2014, when the two clashed Puerto Rico. Scott was 34 at the time with a record of 35-1-1, having just been defeated by Derek Chisora, and Wilder was 28 years old with an undefeated 30-0 record.
Wilder would move to 31-0 in emphatic fashion, knocking out Scott in just one minute and thirty-six seconds. It remains one of the fastest victories in Wilder’s career.
In an interview following the appointment, Scott revealed that the pair had shared a close friendship for some time and that their newly-forged coach-fighter relationship had been a long time coming.
"After the loss against Fury, by 3am or 4am, it was somewhere around there. We was already in motion and putting the play together on what was going on now.”
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"He immediately was already planning, 'Like bro, you're my head guy now.' We knew this from day one that adjustments had to be made and certain things that we wanted to do just have to be put in place.
"It works perfectly, because I believe one of the most imperative things between fighter and training is just not the teaching and learning, [it's] the chemistry.”
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