Deontay Wilder had become ‘untrainable’ and was no longer ‘willing to learn’ ahead of his fight against Tyson Fury, says his former trainer Mark Breland. The American heavyweight was on the receiving end of a punishing assault by Fury last February, which was ended when Breland threw in the towel to signal Wilder’s first defeat and the end of his WBC title reign.
I haven’t spoken to Deontay alone in years. The things that I told Deontay to do had to be ran past Jay.” Breland said. “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.”
“So I made a decision to stop the fight and I’d do it all again! I have a son Deontay’s age. I’m not looking to see him go out on his shield!” he added. “Lastly, at that fight just as many others we had NO cutman because Deontay won’t need it, 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 & his legs were gone!”