Malik Scott wants to make sure no one confuses his pad work with the flashy but ineffective variety that garners likes and retweets. (Photo by Ryan Hafey)
For the past few months, the former heavyweight coach and current coach has surfaced on social media feeds to work the gloves with his top client, former heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder. The videos have led some critics to point out that boxing bracket would not help Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in his upcoming third rematch against Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), which is due out for October Scheduled is 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (The fight was postponed from the original July 24th date after Fury tested positive for Covid-19).
Pad work is a staple of boxing, but many trainers and experts (especially the older generation) have criticized the practice for being lightning, not substance, and having no real use in an actual fight. Scott understands the philosophical differences of opinion regarding the drill, but emphasizes that his version with Wilder is strictly functional.
“We live in the Mitt era, where everyone wears gloves and looks good with gloves on,” Scott said on the PBC podcast. “In my opinion, not everyone looks good with gloves on. Everyone just looks like copycats throwing a bunch of punches and slipping and diving in. This will fake consumers that they don’t really know much about boxing, but they see something that looks good and think it is.
“My and Deontay’s pad work is not fabricated pad work at all. We don’t look like Roger and Floyd Mayweather on the pads. We make enough combinations that he made before, we just make it more consistent, sharper, more surgical behind it, and we just do that and work. “
In addition to his Hall of Fame recognition, Mayweather is known for working with his late Uncle Roger to produce aesthetically pleasing, fast-firing combinations on the gloves that have inspired the exercise habits of an entire generation of amateur boxers and professionals. However, Scott says Wilder’s size and power require a more measured method.
“I don’t have Deontay throwing 18 combinations, four pivots, 18 slips – this is not what I do, this is not what we do,” said Scott. “I let him do enough things that he actually does in fights. I just let him do more because he’ll do it more when he’s in the trilogy with Tyson Fury. Do you understand what i am trying to say?
“Nothing in our work is made up. First, Deontay doesn’t really like all of the fabricated pad work. He’s not that fighter. And as a trainer and student of the game, I know the kind of fighters I train. I don’t train welterweight. I don’t train someone who has 200 strokes per lap. No, I’m training the most dangerous puncher in the history of the sport. His single hit is the equivalent of most people’s 10 hits. His two strikes are equivalent to most people’s 13 strikes. If I have Deontay with a combination of four strokes, that’s realistic because sometimes he throws four, five, six stroke combinations. ”