Jay Deas: “Mark Threw The Towel, I Didn’t Think He Should’ve”

Jay Deas Disagreed With Throwing in the Towel

Jay Deas, Deontay Wilder
Jay Deas, Deontay Wilder

Jay Deas Disagreed With Throwing in the Towel

In the main event of his eagerly anticipated rematch with Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s), the newly crowned WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) stunned the world. It was not a jaw-dropping revelation that the nimble big man won the fight. However, the absolute destruction that he would bring to the ring is a different story altogether. Even more astonishing was the fact that Team Wilder ultimately threw in the towel.


Yet, during the post-fight conference, it was revealed that all of Team Wilder was not in agreement with waving the white flag. In fact, there was only one rogue member who wanted to go that route.

When questioned on the matter, the Bronze Bomber’s long time chief second, Jay Deas, explained how neither he nor Wilder agreed with the actions of fellow coach and former fighter Mark Breland.

“Mark threw the towel, I didn’t think he should’ve. Deontay is…the kind of guy that is a go-out-on-his-shield kind of guy and he will tell you straight up, ‘don’t throw in the towel,’…he does not want that.

And you’ve got to consider also that Deontay is a fearsome puncher. So that’s always a difficult thing because you know he does always have that shot to land a big shot and turn things around. So that’s what happened there. But Deontay is doing well and he’ll be back. He’ll be all the better for it, but congratulations absolutely to Tyson and to his team. A class act all the way around and we’re thrilled to be a part of the show with him.

[When asked if Breland even has the authority to throw the towel] Well I’m the head coach of the team but we do things a little bit differently. 99% of the time the head coach of the team is also the guy that is the lead in the corner. Ours is a little bit more like a football team, American football, where the head coach doesn’t necessarily call the plays. You have an offensive and defensive coordinator, so ours is little bit like that.

So what happened between rounds was Mark said something about possibly throwing. I mean during the round Mark said something about throwing the towel in and I told him don’t do that. I didn’t think that he should do that. And then the fight went a little bit longer and then I saw the towel go in. So I haven’t talked to Mark about it, but we’ll talk about it and figure out what exactly happened there.”


With the dramatic way that the bout was finished, and the discord in the corner, it will be interesting to see what happens next. After losses, it’s very common for fighters to drop trainers and it will not be surprising to hear that Breland is deleted from the team. Especially since it seems he directly violated the wishes of both the fighter and the actual head coach.

At the moment, this has got to be a tense moment for Team Wilder. So we will just have to wait and see what kind of announcements or alterations, if any, come out of the camp in the next several days and weeks.

By: Bakari Simpson

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