Of Brian Webber: Trainer Malik Scott believes Robert Helenius will use the same tactics as Tyson Fury when he meets him next month on October 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Scott believes the 6’6″ Helenius will try to use his Fury-like size to support the thinner Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) to wear him down. Malik warns that if Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) tries that tactic, he’s going to be wiped out and wake up later wondering what happened.
Wilder vs. Helenius will be the main event on FOX Sports pay-per-view. Scott says if Wilder wins, he wants him to challenge IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk next or Anthony Joshua.
Malik is not interested in Wilder facing former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr next because it is not a fight that will have a world title on the line.
“He’s going to try to use the Tyson Fury tactic of pushing D back. We know he’s not that type of fighter, but he’s going to try it against Deontay because he’s seen somebody else have success with his body size,” Malik Scott told Fighthype about what he thinks Robert Helenius will try on Oct. 15.
“If he’s determined to do what he says he’s going to do, he’s going to find out very early in this fight that’s not going to happen. He’s going to find out what it feels like to get hit by that man [Wilder] wearing 10-ounce gloves under the lights with 20,000 people cheering.
– It is a completely different environment. Helenius knows who Deontay is. He sparred him, but he is no good sparring, Helenius. That is why he is very dangerous. You can go in there and have a good day against him, but that’s not who he is.
“He appears at night and that’s why. But what makes us dangerous is that I know who he is. Knowing who he is and Deontay knowing who he is, it makes us a lot more prepared. The more prepared we are, the more dangerous we are.
“The more disciplined Deontay is, the more dangerous he is. The second half of his career I want it to be really fun, really fun. That is what we are aiming for and starting as well.
“Regardless, he’ll get out of there, but if he’s determined to come forward and try the Tyson Fury tactic, he’s going to find out very, very early and he’s going to wake up and realize it’s all over .
“You have to be yourself. You are not Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury is not you. They are two different animals. Deontay is very motivated, he works 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 the same interview, 30 seconds later, he said: ‘There’s another guy, Robert Helenius, who’s pretty, pretty good, and I like him too.’ Years too late, we sit here fighting him.
“I’ve been studying him on film for years because I was going to fight him at one time. I always think about his style because he makes high hands, he controls things, and he makes good pivots. He makes good feints.
“So the kind of style he fights is very adequate for a big man. It’s our job to offset him, it’s our job to make a statement and it’s our job to get rid of him, dress him up and take him out. That’s what Deontay is going to do,” Malik said.
“Robert (Helenius) has been on a winning streak and he is here; I have heard that he will be mandatory for (Oleksandr) Usyk, but I know he will bring his A+++ game, said Wilder.