Who is Oleksandr Usyk’s trainer Malik Scott and is he training Deontay Wilder?

OLEKSANDR USYK is getting ready for a huge fight with Anthony Joshua.

The heavyweight champ is looking to bring a bit of joy to Ukraine, following the Russian invasion, by retaining all his belts against the Brit who he beat last year.

Malik Scott at the Fury vs Wilder 3 press conference

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Malik Scott at the Fury vs Wilder 3 press conferenceCredit: EPA

And he has enlisted trainer Malik Scott ahead of this one.

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Who is Malik Scott?

Malik Scott was born in Philadelphia in 1980.

He started boxing aged eleven and won the Junior Olympics in 1997.

Scott would then go on to win the US National Championships two years later.

He enjoyed an impressive professional career, retiring with an impressive record of 38-3-1.

Scott’s only defeats came against three big names in the boxing world – Britain’s Derek Chisora, Cuba’s Luis Ortiz and fellow American Deontay Wilder, who he would go on to train.

Earlier this year, he fought an exhibition bout with Russia’s Sergei Kharitonov in Minsk, Belarus, which he lost by split decision.

Scott is training Oleksandr Usyk ahead of his rematch with Joshua

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Scott is training Oleksandr Usyk ahead of his rematch with JoshuaCredit: Getty

Who has Malik Scott trained?

Despite being knocked out by him in 90 seconds, Malik Scott became Deontay Wilder’s trainer in 2021.

Their first fight was Wilder’s eleventh round knockout defeat in his trilogy bout with Tyson Fury.

Scott had actually sparred with Fury previously, and picked up a burst eardrum in doing so.

But he was full of praise for the Gypsy King following Wilder’s defeat.

And in July 2022, he confirmed on Instagram that he was training Usyk, who he has also sparred with, ahead of the Joshua rematch.

He wrote: “PSA: I’m here in Dubai, UAE, training camp working with Heavyweight champions Alexander Usyk, Gerald Washington and other future champions.”

No announcement has been made on Scott’s partnership with Wilder.

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