"Big fight, man. Big risk, but the reward is bigger than the risk and Deontay is the bro, man. Everybody knows I used to work with comrade. Our brotherhood is getting put to the side for us to handle this business
I'm working on a lot of new things and just know that March 15th, I will be ready and I will be giving Deontay more than a test. I am not a test for him. I am coming to win. There is a difference. Them other guys was test for him. I'm not a test. I'm coming to win the fight. It's a good fight, it's a great matchup, and to me, it's the most interesting heavyweight fight in boxing right now," stated heavyweight contender Malik Scott, who talked about his upcoming March 15 showdown with undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: March 15th, you're fighting Deontay Wilder in a very intriguing heavyweight matchup. Tell us about it my man.
MS: Big fight, man. Big risk, but the reward is bigger than the risk and Deontay is the bro, man. Everybody knows I used to work with comrade. Our brotherhood is getting put to the side for us to handle this business. We both chasing this dream, we both trying to be heavyweight champion of the world, and March 15th, I'm coming to win.
PC: You put something real interesting on Facebook, saying, "The heavyweight division is back." We have said in the past that the division isn't dead, they just need certain guys to start fighting certain guys. Is that what you mean by saying the division is back with this fight?
MS: That's definitely what I meant. I meant like me going behind enemy lines and taking care of Dereck Chisora or me taking on quote-unquote from a fans perspective the most threatening puncher in the heavyweight division right now in Deontay. So these are the type of fights that have to be made and I'm willing to make these type of fights happen. I said I would fight anybody, anywhere, at anytime and that's not something that I just say, that's something that I meant. Not only am I chasing history to be the heavyweight champion of the world, but I'm also bringing the heavyweight division back. Me and Deontay and Bryant Jennings; him and Szpilka just had a good fight. The division is back, man, and whoever don't see that got Stevie Wonder vision.
PC: Is it tough to put the friendship aside for the business aspect of it or are you just viewing this as another fight and another opponent?
MS: Well, it's a give and take. Me and Deontay spent a lot of time together. I held his kids before and he's held my kids before and spent time with the family and vice versa, but this is business. I'm on a mission and he's on a mission. We both want to be heavyweight champion of the world, we both have to feed our families, and if we have to collide to see who is the best American heavyweight right now to fight Klitschko if me and my brother have to collide to do that, then I definitely don't mind the battle. And that's why I'm up for this fight and very motivated for this fight. I can't wait for March 15th. I am coming to win.
PC: There are not too many guys you will fight that you will look eye to eye with, or even have to look up at in this instance. Deontay is a huge guy and carries his height well. Does that change anything for you in your preparation, being that you're used to having that advantage and going off of your jab?
MS: Deontay is 6'7" and fights every bit of it, if not taller, so it's a tough task ahead, man. I'm working on a lot of new things and just know that March 15th, I will be ready and I will be giving Deontay more than a test. I am not a test for him. I am coming to win. There is a difference. Them other guys was test for him. I'm not a test. I'm coming to win the fight. It's a good fight, it's a great matchup, and to me, it's the most interesting heavyweight fight in boxing right now; especially this year. You got a knockout artist, pure puncher against a classic skilled boxer. It's gonna be in the heart of Puerto Rico and I want the fans to tune in. It's on Showtime and it's gonna be on the card with Danny Garcia headlining, another fellow Philadelphian. It's gonna be a great night of boxing and I'm happy to be a part of it.
PC: You, in my opinion unjustly lost your 0 off of your record in your last fight against Chisora. What would it mean for you to be that first blemish on Wilder's record and give him his first defeat?
MS: Right now, that's the mission at hand and that's the task at hand. That's definitely what I'm training hard to do and that's why I'm extremely motivated. If a fighter can't get motivated to fight a knockout artist like Deontay Wilder, who comes with the massive size and comes with a 30-0 with 30 knockouts record, then he can't get motivated off of no one. I am motivated and March 15th, like I said, I'm looking forward to it. I'm gonna have a great training camp and it's gonna be a great night of boxing, man. I can't wait.
PC: You always seem to be in the gym, but is there a certain date where official camp starts or are you in camp right now?
MS: I'm always working out. I actually just fought last week. I had a little sparring session out in Seattle, Washington, you feel me. I've been working and I will be in top shape for Deontay because I know that's what it's gonna take to take down this tree. This is it, man. It's for all of the marbles. Me and Deontay coming to give a great show and we are both gonna come and put it all on the line. This is what the heavyweight division needs and we here to do that.
PC: I know you go back and forth between Philly and Cali. With it being so cold in Philly right now, do you feel like it's more beneficial to you to hold this camp on the west coast?
MS: It's more beneficial for me to train in California right now. My promoter is over here, I'm over here, and this is my home away from home when I'm not in Philly. But I also got my childhood trainer, Fred Jenkins, who is over in Philadelphia who is also Bryant Jennings trainer; we all from ABC Gym! I'm thinking about going over there for a little bit and having him smooth out some of these jagged edges. So I'm just trying to give myself the best opportunity with my training camp to be victorious on March 15th.
PC: I can't wait for this one. Best of luck to you and we will definitely be in touch leading up to the fight date. Is there anything else you want to add?
MS: I just want everybody to tune in on March 15th. It's on Showtime. You got Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder fighting Malik "King" Scott; the best puncher in the heavyweight division is fighting the most skillful boxer in the heavyweight division, so if people don't tune in to this, they shouldn't tune in to nothing because this is the Fight of the Year. This is the most interesting the heavyweight division has been in some years and, like I said, I'm looking forward to it and Deontay is looking forward to it and we just want everybody to tune in.
PC: Bryant Jennings set the tone. I'm looking forward to big things from you this year.
MS: Absolutely, solidean!
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