During the third meeting with the British Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO), the American Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) will no longer have coach Mark Breland in his corner. The man he worked with throughout his professional career was fired from the WBC’s ex-world heavyweight team.
On February 22, 2020, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder faced each other for the second time at the MGM Grand. From the beginning, the first named dominated, who ended the fight in the seventh round at a time when he clearly led 3-0 to points (2x 59-52 and 58-53).
He sent his opponent twice on the floor of the ring, in the seventh three minutes he got him into the neutral corner, in which he demolished him with a long combination. A combination that was already a power for coach Mark Breland, the 1984 Olympic winner from Los Angeles and a two-time world champion in the velter among the pros.
It was Breland who threw a towel in the ring, pulling down an avalanche of events. According to behind-the-scenes information, he allegedly had to stay in the hallway in front of Wilder’s cabin, where he locked himself in with the rest of the team. Most experts approved his decision, even applauded him, but the ego of the “Bronze Bomber” spoke differently. Especially when others echoed him, led by second coach Jay Deas.
He has been behind Wilder throughout his professional career, but when Breland joined the team in 2008, he withdrew to the position of assistant, co-manager, and coaching and coaching during the match was the latter. It was he who made the Tuscaloosa native a dreaded knockout, with whom Wilder celebrated the world champion’s belt after winning over Berman Stivern in January 2015.
Maybe that’s why he finally stayed in the team after the first emotions subsided. But trust was clearly undermined, on both sides. A new coach will lead Wilder into the third duel of the giants. “Breland is over, the role of Malik Scott is growing, Deas will be the main coach again,” Shelly Finkel, the second manager of the bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games, told American journalists on Friday.
This information is interesting from two points of view:
Finkel was also behind Breland’s career. He was his manager, he brought him to Wilder’s team. “I do not want to go into detail. You would find out this fact anyway, so we informed you. But that’s all, no one knows what’s going on in our team and we don’t want to report on it every week, month, all the time, “were the words of a respected manager.
The other is Scott’s person. The early forty-year-old beater nicknamed “King” was one duel won since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, then headed to the professional ring, where he did not make a big hole in the world, or never fulfilled his potential. In 2014, he faced Wilder in the controversial elimination of WBC. He fell to the ground after the first “invisible” blow 96 seconds after the opening round.
According to many, it was already a show of two great friends. After all, Scott – who then managed to defeat Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson to end in 2016 after a “run-up” defeat by Luis Ortiz, accompanied Wilder to the ring both before this match and most of the time (among other things in two duels against Ortizovi).
Now he is now not only a talisman, but also an assistant in his corner. Is this collaboration the right recipe for Fury?