MALIK SCOTT CALLS OUT VITALI KLITSCHKO: "SEND ME A CONTRACT AND I'LL SIGN IT!"
In this interview, heavyweight Malik Scott (35-0-1, 12 KOs) discusses his background in boxing and his desire to face Vitali Klitschko. A pro since 2000, Scott record is 35-0-1. His last bout was a draw against Vyacheslav Glazkov, but Scott believes he deserved the win.
DL: When did you first put on the gloves? How old were you and what were the circumstances?
Malik Scott: I was twelve years old. My brother had the Blount disease. That means your bones are narrow. Imagine if somebody was bull-legged. Every bone in his body was like that. People would tease him and he was fortunate enough to have me. I was his protector and when people teased him, I would put a foot in their ass. My uncle eventually took me to the boxing gym and the rest is history. I'm from north Philly, so contact and mixing it up wasn't new to me at all. I was used to that. But when my uncle took me to the gym, that's when the science of it kicked in. Believe it or not, street fighting is easier than boxing. In boxing, you have to use your intellect. There's ring generalship, knowing when to punch, knowing when not to punch. People can be tough outside the ring, but not tough inside the ring. I fell in love with boxing from the start. It's a one-man sport. If it don't go your way, you can't blame anybody. At least that's the kind of fighter I am. I'm happy I'm a gladiator. I'm happy I'm a part of it. I was never a kid who was doing it just to go to the tournaments. This is my life. When I was twelve and thirteen, I had sponsors. When I was fifteen, I had sponsors. When I was seventeen, Shelly Finkel took me all the way from the amateurs until I turned pro. There never was no 9 to 5. I never played another sport. I'm 6'5" and I don't know how to play basketball. Everything about Malik Scott is all boxing.
You know who I used to spar with? Zahir Raheem. He used to beat the sh*t out of me. He weighed 119 and I was weighing 165 and he would beat the sh*t out of me. [Former Olympic gold medalist] David Reid? He would beat the sh*t out of me. These are my big bros of the game. This is how I paid my dues. Joe Goossen said it best about me. He said, "One thing about Malik Scott, you're just not going to get in there and hit him with your best punch." Glazkov's best punch was his left hook and he didn't land it once. In fact, it was ME who landed the left hooks. My greatest attribute is my mindset about boxing. I'm 36-0 [Scott's actual record is 35-0-1. His bout with Vyacheslav Glazkov was ruled a draw, but he believes he won]. I could write a book about this. I've been through ups and downs. The world hasn't even seen 60% of Malik Scott. When you see the Klitschkos, you know what they're going to bring. You haven't even seen what I can bring. That's the difference between me and these other heavyweights. They're modern day cowards. The world hasn't even seen what I can do yet. Glazkov didn't beat me. I did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. It was easy work for me like I said it was going to be.
DL: I understand you are now interested in a fight with Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion.
MS: I heard Vitali is looking for an opponent and he shouldn't have to look any further, because I'm the best heavyweight on the planet. He and his brother [Wladimir] have never fought a fighter like me. I deserve the opportunity just as much as anyone.
DL: What is your assessment of what you've seen from the Klitschkos and why do you believ you are the man to dethrone them?
MS: We know what the Klitschkos bring to the table. I'm a student of the game and I watch them. But I believe it will take a big heavyweight with almost every attribute to beat them. You can't be 6 feet tall. At least I don't think so. Only God knows. But I'm 6'5" and I'm the fastest and most skilled heavyweight on the planet. And I haven't even come full circle. The better my opposition, the better Malik Scott will be. I rise to every occasion. Malik Scott comes to win. Whatever you want to say about my opposition, whatever you want to say about these so-called bums [who he has already beaten], I shut them out. I don't believe the Klitschkos are hype jobs. I believe they can fight and have great attributes. But Shannon Briggs was too old. Hasim Rahman was too old. Alexander Povetkin is too small. I'm 6'5", I'm fast, I have power, I have awesome reflexes, my feet are like music, I'm from Philadelphia, my ring savvy is off the hook. I believe I AM the world champion. I'm the people's champion. Vitali Klitscho is looking for an opponent and he shouldn't look any further. Me and my strength trainer wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and workout just for the f#ck of it. We're extremely hungry. I'm right here. I'm asking for an opportunity. There're so many cats that get shots at these guys and don't do nothing. This is where the game is at today. Modern day cowards! They use the purses as an excuse to not take fights. I can't tell you the last time I complained about money. The reason I don't is because I believe in my abilities and my abilities are about to make me and my family extremely wealthy. I had a guy tell me he was going to fight Tomasz Adamek but he turned it down because they only offered him [only] $60,000. A motherf#cker offers me $60,000, I'll fight him AND f#ck his mother up! I don't have the luxury to turn no money down. Send me a contract and I'll sign it. I'm the best heavyweight on the planet and I'll prove that against Vitali Klitschko!