Deontay Wilder Paints Shots at Mark Breland Again, Calls Him a ‘Weak Individual’

Published 10/05/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


In February 2020, Deontay Wilder suffered a lopsided defeat to Tyson Fury. Right from the start, Wilder looked a bit off, and Fury capitalized on the same by pressing the American fighter in every way. Hence, to save him from further injuries, Wilder’s then trainer, Mark Breland, threw a towel inside the ring to stop the fight.

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This upset ‘The Bronze Bomber” who parted ways with Breland and stunned the fight world. Now, days ahead of the rematch, Wilder commented on the second fight and Mark Breland again.

“Even on my worst night and his best night he still couldn’t get me out of there. People try to label it as a knockout, but that’s not a knockout. That’s a stoppage because of a weak individual in my team [who threw the towel in].” (h/t Michael Benson)

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Wilder and Breland took wild verbal digs at each other once they parted ways. Breland even claimed that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ became untrainable at a certain point. But Wilder moved ahead to get his focus back on the trilogy against Fury.

However, now that he’s involved in pre-fight rituals, giving interviews all around, Wilder hit back at his ex-coach.

‘The Bronze Bomber’s loss to Fury was his first-ever defeat in professional boxing. He wanted to continue the fight, but Breland’s actions left him fuming.

Did Mark Breland take the right step to save Deontay Wilder?

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Every boxing corner wants to push their fighters to their limits in a scuffle inside the ring. Simultaneously, they also have a responsibility to save their fighters from career-changing injuries and more.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, Breland did what he thought was the most ideal step at that point. Because, if he’d not threw the towel in, Fury would have demolished Wilder in a scary way, resulting in some paramount injuries. Hence, Breland, who saw his pugilist bleeding from the ears, may have made the right call.

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Moreover, it may be the reason Wilder is in a position to enter the trilogy. What did you make of the stoppage due to Breland’s actions all those months ago?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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