Deontay Wilder Recalls Mark Breland’s Strange Behavior Before Tyson Fury Rematch

Published 02/08/2021, 3:45 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder looks on as he waits for the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, blamed his trainer Mark Breland after losing his title to Tyson Fury in February 2020. He accused Breland of being a double agent and spiking his water. However, fans didn’t find it credible, and several boxing pundits ridiculed Wilder for making such claims.

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Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder remained adamant about his belief and continued to unload on Breland. While Mark Breland had already clarified his part, Wilder revealed that he felt his former trainer’s behavior was different ahead of the fight.

In an interaction with 78 Sports TV, Wilder said that Breland was out of energy in both the fights against Tyson Fury and bashed him for giving interviews at the UK.

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“The second fight it was the same way. His energy was off. He didn’t really want to be around and s*** like that, he already knew something was up and we didn’t look at him. Now he runs to the UK people doing interviews. Oh, you want to break your silence with the UK people, talking about somebody else and whatnot,” said Wilder.

However, Wilder remained optimistic about his upcoming future as he envisioned an early comeback. Speaking about it, he added, “But it’s all good, it’s all good. You are talking about it’s the end of my career. That’s only the beginning of greatness.”

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Following his loss to Fury, Wilder is 42-1-1- in pro-boxing. That said, he is still a looming heavyweight KO artist and can turn the tide to his favor at any given point.

What’s next for Deontay Wilder?

It has been a year since Wilder has entered the squared circle. This long layoff can have a significant impact on his game, especially if he returns against an elite like Tyson Fury. So, he might return in a non-title clash before targeting the champions.

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NORTHPORT, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 05: Deontay Wilder participates in a media workout at New Era Boxing & Fitness on November 05, 2019 in Northport, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)

According to reports, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ can come back and face Chris Martin to resurrect his dominance in the division. On bagging a win, he can challenge for a world title again. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua can face each other to unify all the best under one roof.

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The ongoing heavyweight title picture appears alluring for the obvious reasons. Wilder’s return will only spice things up even further and based on his comments, heavyweight boxing fans will be in for a treat.

Do you think Deontay Wilder will become the heavyweight world champion again?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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