Via Brian Webber: Coach Malik Scott believes Robert Helenius will use the same tactic as Tyson Fury used when facing him next month on October 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Scott assumed that Helenius 6’6 ″ would try to use his Fury-esque size against the thinner Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) to frustrate him. Malik warns that if Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) tries that tactic, he will be eliminated and will wake up later wondering what happened.
Wilder vs. Helenius will be the main event on FOX Sports pay-per-view. Scott said that if Wilder wins, he wants him to challenge the next IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.
Malik doesn’t care that Wilder faces former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr next because it’s not a fight that will feature world titles.
“He will try to use the Tyson Fury tactic by pushing D back. We know he’s not that kind of fighter, but he’s going to try it with Deontay because he’s seen other people succeed with his physique,” said Malik Scott. Fighthype about what he believes Robert Helenius will try on October 15.
“If he is adamant about doing what he says he will, he will find out very early in this fight that won’t happen. He will find out what it feels like to be hit by that man [Wilder] with 10-ounce gloves under the lights with 20.00 people cheering.
“It’s a completely different environment. Helenius knows who Deontay is. He beat him, but he’s not a good hitter, Helenius. That’s why he’s so dangerous. You can go in there and have great days against him, but that’s not who he is.
“He showed up at night, and that’s why. But what puts us in danger is that I know who he is. I know who he is and Deontay knows who he is, which makes us a lot more prepared. The more prepared we are, the more danger we face.
“The more disciplined Deontay is, the more dangerous he is. The second half of his career, I want it to be fun, very fun. That’s what we’re aiming for and starting.
Either way he’s going to get out of there, but if he’s determined to move forward and try out Tyson Fury’s tactics, he’ll find out very, very soon, and he’ll wake up. and realize that it’s all over.
“You have to be yourself. You are not Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury is not a friend. Those are two different animals. Deontay is really motivated, he’s working really hard, and we have a very dangerous opponent in front of us, Helenius.
“He is so dangerous that in an interview years ago when Emanuel [Steward] praised Deontay and Fury, in that same interview, 30 seconds later, he said, ‘There’s another guy, Robert Helenius, who’s nice, pretty good, and I like him too.’ It’s been a year late, we’re sitting here fighting him.
“I’ve been filming him for years because I had to fight him at one point. I always think about his style because he plays high, he controls everything and he rotates well. He did very well.
“So the style he fights is very suitable for a big man. It’s our job to make up for him, it’s our job to make a statement, and it’s our job to get rid of him, dress him up, and get him out. That’s what Deontay will do,” Malik said.
“Robert (Helenius) is on a winning streak, and here he is; I’ve heard he’s supposed to be mandatory for (Oleksandr) Usyk, but I know he’s coming to his A+++ game,” Wilder said.