Criteria revealed for Deontay Wilder’s return opponent

Criteria for the next opponent Deontay Wilder will face have been revealed to WBN ahead of the American’s planned return in 2022.

Coach Malik Scott has described the type of foe the pair will be looking for as Wilder looks to continue his Pay Per View run.

After a second loss to Tyson Fury, it is imperative that “The Bronze Bomber” returns to winning ways to spark interest in the next big fight on the horizon.

As WBN first revealed, it will be a colossal pay-per-view against former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.

For now, Wilder is on vacation. He will return as a son and begin preparations for the New Year for a return to action in the spring.

Scott exclusively explained to Dan Rafael of WBN what kind of heavyweight they were looking to be in the corner opposite Wilder.

“With Deontay, obviously, the first fight will not be at the level he has just left. We have to do it the right way, ”Scott told World Boxing News.

“At the same time, we can’t go much lower than that [Fury] because he is a high income entertainment fighter. He’s a big boxer.

“We have to threaten him because Deontay is standing up for threats.

“Obviously it won’t be a Fury level, but it won’t be someone in the bucket. We’re not going to have someone with a 27-11 record. This is not happening.

“It must be a name that fans have heard of.”

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As previously speculated, someone on the list of First Boxing Champions will almost certainly take the fight.

There’s a lot to choose from with Robert Helenius, who fought with Deontay Wilder before the Fury trilogy, one of the favorites.

Former IBF champion Charles Martin, Adam Kownacki and Frank Sanchez are considerations.

Whoever gets the green light, Scott says he will be in the decision.

“I will have a huge say in the next opponent,” said the former heavyweight contender. “When I say that I will have a huge say, I mean me and Deontay will discuss it, me and (manager) Shelly (Finkel).

“We’re coming out of a very, very hard fight with Fury, so the next one, I want it to be a threat, but I want it to be an appropriate threat.

“I want it to be someone who keeps him alert, who keeps him on point. Deontay looks forward to continuing to learn. It means the world to me because it is extremely receptive.

“He respects me the highest point. He loves me. It’s a brotherhood when you’re in the gym, but it’s hard work.

“I don’t take s— and he’s fine with me not taking s—” he concluded.

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