“That’s All He Ever Wanted to Do” – Deontay Wilder Criticizes Former Trainer Mark Breland’s Training Methods

Published 09/15/2021, 9:00 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)


Deontay Wilder feels very comfortable and happy with his training camp right now. The former heavyweight champ brought on Malik Scott to train him for his upcoming fight. Malik Scott, a former heavyweight title contender, fought Wilder in 2014.

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In that fight, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder knocked Scott out in the very first round and stayed undefeated. He remained unbeaten until his last fight in February 2020, where Tyson Fury beat him. Following that, the former champion parted ways with Mark Breland.

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In a recent interview with 78SPORTSTV, Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder detailed what Mark Breland would focus on while training. “Before, having my other trainer, you know all he worked on was the one-two. That’s all he ever wanted to do was one-two, one-two, one-two and we never did anything to the body or nothing like that.”

“He never emphasized on doing anything else but going to the body. He always said that’s all you need, one-two, one-two.” However, despite supposedly only focusing on the one-two, Mark Breland was a major factor behind Deontay Wilder’s success.

Deontay Wilder claims he now surrounds himself with people that are like family to him. He feels he should have done this a long time ago.

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Mark Breland had claimed that Deontay Wilder was ‘untrainable’

Breland felt Wilder became untrainable before his knockout loss to Tyson Fury. In a lengthy statement, Breland revealed that he had not spoken to Wilder in years. He claimed that everything he told ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to do had to be run past the head trainer, Jay Deas.

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“Deontay had become untrainable because he was at the point of, he knows more about boxing than all of us. So teaching a correct jab was not a priority to learn once he continued on his knockout streak… so a coach can only teach someone if they’re willing to learn.”

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During the fight against Tyson Fury in 2020, it was Breland who threw in the towel to stop the contest. In his previous fights, Wilder never kept a cut man because he wouldn’t need one. Breland claims that he stopped the fight because he could not watch Wilder get beaten up and bleed more. This led to his dismissal.

Now, following Wilder’s comments, it remains to be seen how his new training methods work in his October 9 fight.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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