Fury open to Breland joining team if he and Wilder part ways
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 23KOs) appears to be playing more psychological mind games with former champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) ahead of their trilogy match-up that is currently up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FURY EYEING MARK BRELAND?
In an interview with iFL TV, Fury revealed his interest in bringing in Wilder’s co-trainer, Mark Breland, if he was let go.
This all stems from Breland’s decision to throw in the towel in the seventh round of the Wilder-Fury rematch. Wilder was on the receiving end of a thrashing at the hands of Fury; he was knocked down twice and completely non-competitive. Mid-fight, Breland would decide that Wilder had taken enough punishment. This didn’t sit well with Wilder, who made it clear that he would’ve preferred to go out on his shield Gladiator style, rather than be protected. He subsequently revealed that he may part ways with his long time trainer.
After cooler heads prevailed, he came down off that statement. However, that didn’t stop Fury from letting it be known that if such a move was made, that he would quickly bring Breland in as a new member of his team.
“If Wilder ain’t gonna use Mark Breland, then I’ll bring him in. Yeah because he’s very good at what he does, and he has the best interest of the fighter. I respect him because he’s a Kronk fighter, former world champion. I do believe that if it wasn’t for Mark Breland, Wilder could’ve been seriously injured today, that’s for sure.”
Fury also spoke on the criticism that Breland received from his team.
“He got a lot from like his own team really. Very unfair and very unjust because he saved someone’s life really. Because you never know when people taking punishment like they were and it was only a matter of time before he got unconscious. Would he have gotten back up, would he have had brain damage? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t have liked to see him take much more, because he took good beating for seven rounds. He couldn’t defend himself for four of those rounds. If for some reason Mark Breland is not going to be working with Deontay Wilder, then he’ll have a job with the Gypsy King that’s for sure.”
Whether you take that statement from Fury as serious or a psychological remark, it’s clear that he’s paying close attention to the moves Wilder will or will not be making in the coming months leading up to their third fight.
By: Jerrell Fletcher