Mark Breland Reveals Brain Issue Fears Led Him to Throw the Towel In for Deontay Wilder

Published 02/22/2021, 8:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 22: (in black//yellow trunks) Tyson Fury goes 7 rounds with Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Hotel February 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury took the win by TKO in the 7th round as the towel was thrown in by the Wilder team for the world heavyweight championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder’s former trainer, Mark Breland, gave an insight into his thought-process on throwing in the towel in the seventh round of his fight against Tyson Fury. The American trainer revealed he feared the worst when Wilder bled from the ears. He even compared the former champion to his son.

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder poses with trainer Marc Breland after knocking out Luis Ortiz in the tenth round of their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The relationship between Breland has Wilder has soured ever since his defeat to Fury exactly a year ago today. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has accused Breland of being a traitor, while Breland has defended himself and called ‘The Bronze Bomber’ uncoachable.

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Speaking to World Boxing News, Breland has given his side of the decision. He said, “So, I’m not a doctor, but I know blood coming out of your ears and dazed eyes could be a brain issue. And power comes from your legs, and his legs were gone! – So I decided to stop the fight, and I’d do it all again.”

These comments showed just how serious Breland thought the damage was. In addition, these comments also showed that Wilder’s former trainer felt the boxer had nothing to offer at that point, and he didn’t regret ending things in the manner that was available to him.

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Mark Breland compared Deontay Wilder to his son

The trainer may have defended himself from the accusations made by Wilder. He has revealed how hard it was to train the former champion because of his ego and unwillingness to learn. Despite this, it appears the relationship between the two was very close.

Breland revealed why he never let Wilder ‘go out on his shield’ as he wanted. He said, “I have a son Deontay’s age. I’m not looking to see him go out on his shield. I hope we all stay safe. There are so many bigger issues in the world!”

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With this comment, Breland defended himself from the criticisms from the former WBC champion. Moreover, experts will agree with the trainer, as it is his responsibility to ensure the safety of his fighter before anything else. Therefore, Breland is confident that he made the right decision.

What do you make of Mark Breland’s comments? Do you think he was right to throw in the towel when he did?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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