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Fury Co-Trainer Andy Lee: Breland Saved Wilder's Career With By Throwing In Towel

Deontay Wilder had already suffered two knockdowns earlier and was trapped in a corner as Tyson Fury was unleashing a brutal beating during the seventh round in their rematch in February.

The one-sided fight caused Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) co-trainer Mark Breland to throw in the towel and stop the punishment his fighter was taking from Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), much to the dismay of Wilder and co-trainer Jay Deas.

Fury co-trainer, Andy Lee (35-3-1 24 KOs), a former middleweight titleholder who retired in 2017, was on the opposite side of the ring when his fighter captured the WBC heavyweight crown.

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Fury had landed a total of 82 punches on Wilder, while the American countered with 34.

Lee sided with Breland, a 1984 U.S. Olympics gold medal winner and two-time world champion, for throwing in the towel and having his fighter see another day.

“I think [Wilder’s corner] did the right thing [to throw in the towel],” Lee told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “I think Mark Breland did an excellent job. He might have saved Deontay’s career because you can’t take a sustained beating like that from a man of Tyson Fury’s size. He was punching with authority.”

After the fight Wilder said he would be willing to die in the ring rather than have a fight prematurely stopped. He also complained that his energy was zapped due to the heavy attire he wore en route to the ring.

“Some part of [the complaints of Wilder] is saving face. No fighter wants it to be stopped, regardless of the way,” said Lee. “That’s the fighter’s spirit but I think now he probably understands having watched it again. I think it was the right call. I’m not sure what I would have done in the same position. I probably would have done the same thing.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by greeneye99 on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=jonnyc420;20584565]And that loser turns around and fires him. Shows Wilder can't take responsibility for not knowing how to box. The man saves him and Wilder straight sold him out, real class act. At least he is off that sinking ship…

Comment by Oshio on 05-30-2020

The same scenario will repeat itself in the third fight. There's absolutely no Wilder can do to beat Fury. Even his right hand cannot help him

Comment by Fenders on 05-30-2020

Andy Lee is spot on. Wilder was out of depth, out of ideas, out of luck and nearly out of it. Breland and Lee are true boxing men. Deas is a fake.

Comment by KillaMane26 on 05-30-2020

So glad Wilder came to his senses when he tried to fire him. Wilder had no chance and would have took long term damage

Comment by eco1 on 05-30-2020

[QUOTE=BangEM;20586241]Where did I say Fury did anything illegal in the last sequence? I said once Fury landed the two big right in the last sequence and Wilder didn’t punch back - Wilder was begging for the towel to be thrown…

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