Deontay Wilder thinks Anthony Joshua’s knockout victory over Robert Helenius was ‘needed’, says head coach Malik Scott
- Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott felt AJ’s knockout victory was ‘needed’
- A superfight is being lined up between Joshua and Wilder for January
- Joshua beat Robert Helenius by knockout with a seventh-round right hand
Deontay Wilder believes Anthony Joshua‘s knockout victory over Robert Helenius was ‘needed’ in the build-up to their likely January superfight in Saudi Arabia, according to his head coach, Malik Scott.
Scott said that he and the Bronze Bomber are satisfied that AJ got his victory because it raises the stakes for their own bout – even if Wilder’s camp is more than confident of victory.
‘He [Wilder] was like “we needed that”. We both said the same thing because at first it was looking like it was getting ready to go the distance,’ he told the October Red YouTube channel.
‘So when the knockout came I called him on FaceTime and he was like, “I’m glad he got that, we needed it done just like that.”
Deontay Wilder believes Anthony Joshua’s victory over Robert Helenius was needed, says his head coach Malik Scott
AJ beat Helenius with a crushing right hand in the seventh round to knock him out cold
‘So we’re both satisfied, the fight is bigger to me than it was because of the knockout, so shoutout to AJ to going out there and getting the job done.’
‘Most of all a shoutout to Robert Helenius. It takes a lot of courage to get in that ring with real killers especially on short notice, on long notice, whatever it is.’
Helenius was standing in for Dillion Whyte, who returned an ‘adverse finding’ to a random doping test only days before the crunch clash.
Aged 39, the Nordic Nightmare fought in his native Finland just a week earlier, beating Mika Mielonen.
Scott was not fazed by what he saw in the ring and has no doubts about who would come out on top between AJ and his own fighter.
He said: ‘Was I really impressed besides the knockout? No. Did it give me any type of feeling that we’ve got some trouble coming in January? No.
‘It actually made me more confident and I know that he only has three or four rounds in the ring with deontay Wilder before he gets knocked out.
Malik Scott, Wilder’s coach, said his fighter would ‘send AJ to the next dimension’ in January
‘Deontay is a very dangerous fighter right now and I just feel as though it won’t take him long to catch up with AJ. AJ wants to overthink and sit back and play that game. we’re not going to allow that. We’re not coming to make silent agreements. Deontay is coming to send him to the next dimension and that’s his intention.
‘If you noticed, AJ’s eye was lumped up, he was bleeding. Some will say “well that’s boxing”. Yeah, well when we fought Helenius our eye wasn’t lumped up and we wasn’t bleeding and we still was boxing. The difference is the violent aspect. Deontay Wilder is way more violent with his hips and with his bad intention punches than AJ to me ever will be.’
Wilder fought Helenius last October in New York and knocked him out in the first round of their WBC world heavyweight title eliminator bout.
Before taking on Joshua, Wilder, whose last fight was the Helenius fight last year, will look to take on somebody else.
‘Hopefully we can lock in an opponent and from there we’ll go and knockout AJ in January,’ Scott said.
‘Ruiz doesn’t want to fight Deontay. We’re looking for somebody else, somebody that wants to fight, somebody that’s really willing to take a chance, and unfortunately somebody else that’s going to be knocked out.