Clearly hellbent of blaming everyone other than himself for his comprehensive defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder has stated that he is firing head trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel.
Wilder’s dismissal of Breland cames after he claimed his legs were weakened due to the 45-pound Black History Month costume he wore prior to the fight. At this time, there is no word on who Wilder will be firing for that decision.
Speaking to Yahoo Sports, Wilder explained his decision to relieve Breland of his duty, saying that he has been clear with his team that he does not want them to throw in the towel, regardless of the circumstances.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional. It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal 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 principal of receiving,” Wilder said.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.” [via Yahoo Sports]
Wilder clearly feels hard done by, as he’s already made his plans to exercise the rematch clause in his contract known. At this time, it is unclear when or where said trilogy fight will take place.
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