Coach Response: Malik Scott Responds To Criticism After Wilder's Performance Saturday

There's no doubt that Joseph Parker came up with great tactics that night and put them to work, but it was Wilder who let him do it

by Sededin Dedovic
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Coach Response: Malik Scott Responds To Criticism After Wilder's Performance Saturday
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In recent days, Deontay Wilder and his trainer, Malik Scott, have been heavily criticized after a less than impressive performance in last week's highly anticipated bout against Joseph Parker. Wilder, once a formidable force in the ring, performed well below his usual standard in a static and uninspired performance against Parker.

The bout, which lacked the usual intensity associated with Wilder fights, saw him fail to pose a real threat to Parker at any point. Consequently, Parker seized the opportunity and secured a decision victory, leaving Wilder's reputation significantly tarnished.

Criticism directed at Wilder, however, is not exclusively aimed at the boxer himself. Malik Scott, Wilder's trainer, took a diplomatic approach despite the loss. While acknowledging Parker's commendable performance, Scott refrained from outright blaming his protégé.

Instead, he tried to understand the factors that contributed to Wilder's below-par performance that night.

Parker was the problem

In a statement yesterday, Scott expressed his gratitude for the excellent representation of Parker in the ring.

"Deontay couldn't pull the trigger as we practiced, and we have to give credit to the opponent. Can anyone say they were in the ring with one Joseph Parker? It was a very, very dangerous fight to take on in such a short period of time.

No, in my opinion, the biggest problem was Joseph Parker and his trainer and their tactics where they tried to avoid unnecessary strikes and counters,'' Scott told Fight Hype. "The problem was Joseph Parker. All told, he was fighting a guy who hadn't been active in two years.

That is the reality. Is that why he lost? I can't say that because I don't want to take credit away from the fighters, especially for the work that Joe Parker did,'' he explained. There's no doubt that Joseph Parker came up with a great tactic that night and put it into action, but it was Wilder who let him do it.

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