Deontay Wilder: “Mark Breland Been Envying Me!”

Deontay Wilder claps back at Mark Breland

Deontay Wilder (left), Mark Breland
Deontay Wilder (left), Mark Breland

Deontay Wilder claps back at Mark Breland

When boxing trainer Mark Breland staged his most recent interview it was guaranteed to garner attention. This was because it was the first time that he said anything overtly negative about Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s). In the aftermath of his TKO defeat to Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s), Wilder turned a venomous tongue on Breland. He accused the former world champion of being a turncoat and drugging him. For months Breland said virtually nothing about the matter or his feelings surrounding it. That all changed in his chat with Stamina for Sale.

The most inflammatory statement that Breland uttered was his belief that Wilder’s career was over. In his estimation the Bomber had gone as far as he could on limited talented. Given the nature of his statements, it was easy to foresee that Wilder would have something to say. In the end it did not take long for the former WBC Heavyweight champion to make a rebuttal.


While it was almost mandatory that Wilder would issue a retort, his actual words were somewhat odd. During his brief Q&A with 78SportsTv, the Bomber expressed a measure of shock and hurt at what Breland had confessed. This was strange because Wilder acted as if he was oblivious to the villainous charges that he aimed at Breland. It was almost as if he forgot that he fired the man and branded him a cheater.

“The only explanation I can get out of it is that he was jealous of me and my career. I can’t see nothing else because I didn’t even have a relationship with Mark outside of boxing. Maybe that was it, maybe he wanted to be closer to me. But he should know I am not that type of dude, I’m quiet and laid back. We talk when we talk, you know where to find me.

I don’t know what it is for him to come out and say all of this shit. And now all of the sudden he put another man under the bus, when so many people ridiculed him and so many people already doubted him. And came on his page and threatened him and all that, now he done opened up a whole other thing about it by accusing his man of doing it. Naw mothafucka, you do it! Don’t blame it on nobody else.”


Unable to conceive of his own bitter words being the catalyst, Wilder could only speculate that jealousy was motivating Breland.

“But for it to be deeply embedded in him to feel a certain type of way, it’s like but where is it all come from? Is it because of where I am in life and your career was short? It could be a jealously thing, I can’t understand where it’s coming from…it’s all making sense now of all the action. This dude been envying me, he been jealous of me bro! He been that way but we just hadn’t seen it.”

Now that Wilder has formally given his opinion, it is outrageously unlikely that Mark Breland will break his typical silence again. Although, on the other hand, we can just about be assured that the Bomber will be speaking on this topic quite a bit in the future. Yet, no matter who says what, will be there to cover it.

By: Bakari Simpson

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