After the controversial throwing of the towel by his boxing trainer and former olympian, Mark Breland, Wilder has decided to keep him as a part of Team Wilder moving forward.
Last weekend, Breland threw in the towel in an attempt to save Wilder from his own toughness, and allow him a fair chance to fight another day. Wilder was both furious and heartbroken that his trainer would do such a thing, stating that it had been something that was talked about at length in the case that anyone ever considered throwing in the towel.
Friday, Feb. 28, Wilder confirmed that his trainer will remain on the team moving forward.
“I’m a warrior. I feel the same way I felt on fight night. If I have to go out, I want to go out on my shield. But I understand that my corner and my team has my best interest at heart. Mark breland is still a part of Team Wilder,” said Wilder.
Given that there was a rematch clause already in place going into the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the stoppage wasn’t all that controversial.
Over the course of seven rounds, Wilder did not win a single round against his opponent. He was dropped twice in the fight, once from a body shot and once from a hard shot that caught him behind the ear.
If Wilder did end up going the distance, he would have been risking severe brain damage as well as severe bodily harm.
Taking too much unnecessary punishment could have resulted in slower reaction time, confidence, brain function, and recovery time for Wilder.
Despite his trainer throwing in the towel, he made the right decision.
Wilder now lives to fight another day because he did not take an unhealthy amount of damage.
He plans on using his rematch clause and immediately running it back against Fury as soon as he is fully recovered and takes some well deserved time off.
However, the time of the rematch will be on Fury’s terms this time.
Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, told ESPN that they plan on having the rematch this summer and they want it to take place on July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.