Is Tyson Fury Trying To Recruit A Member Of Deontay Wilder’s Team?
Back in February, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder engaged in a rematch for the ages. It didn’t end as many expected, as Fury managed to take down Wilder to become the WBC Heavyweight Champion. A key figure in that bout, who is not one of the fighters involved, has once again been brought back into the spotlight.
During the bout, Wilder was knocked down twice and was bleeding by the ears. Mark Breland, Wilder’s assistant trainer, threw in the towel, awarding Fury the win in the seventh round. It was a move that was questioned only by Wilder’s team. Head trainer and co-manager Jay Deas stated he thought Breland shouldn’t have stopped the fight and believes there was a miscommunication on his part.
Wilder would end up exercising his rematch clause while blaming the suit he wore down to the ring for the loss. He also expressed his disappointment that Breland was the deciding factor in the fight.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder stated. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principle thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principle of receiving…No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
There were rumors Wilder would let Breland go, as he was looking to take away “snakes” within his camp. For now, Breland is still with Team Wilder. In the chance that something were to happen to him, Breland would be picked up right away by Team Fury if given the opportunity.
“If for some reason Mark Breland will not be working with Deontay Wilder then he will have a job with the Gypsy King,” Fury ended up telling IFL TV, via Boxing Scene.
“Because he’s very good at what he does and he’s got the best interest of the fighter. I respect him. He’s a Kronk fighter and a former world champion. And I do believe if it wasn’t for Mark Breland Wilder could be seriously injured today. He got a lot of criticism from his team which I thought was very unfair and unjust because he saved his life.”
According to CompuBox, Fury landed 82 total punches out of 267 in the second fight, 58 of them power punches. He only hit 38 power shots in the first fight. Wilder landed 34 shots out of 141, with only 18 power shots.
Wilder and Fury are scheduled to compete in a trilogy bout sometime in November or December. This is all depending on Wilder’s recovery time from a recent biceps injury.