Deontay Wilder’s former trainer Mark Breland has hit back hard over wild accusations levelled at him by ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – and claimed he could easily beat Anthony Joshua in the ring.
Breland – who threw in the towel in the seventh round the night Wilder lost his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury – was speaking for the first time since being sacked by the former heavyweight champion.
The 57-year-old trainer took the opportunity to respond to some of Wilder’s claims that emerged last year – but also took aim at the IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) champion Joshua, insisting he would ‘put him to sleep’ and backed Fury to dominate the 2012 Olympian when the two meet later this year.
‘To be honest, I could beat Anthony Joshua,’ he told The Fight is Right.
‘Here’s a guy who doesn’t have a jab at all. When he fought Ruiz in the second fight, people talked about the jab, that wasn’t a jab, he was just doing this [feints tapping].
‘To fight a guy like him, I would out-jab him. I don’t think he’d be able to touch me. I’d put him to sleep, the jab can bang that chin and put you down.
‘Fury would beat him up. He has good mind games.
‘He plays with these guys, he’s playing with their heads and guys get mad or frustrated, so frustrated it can throw them off their game.
‘I’m a fighter, I watch boxing, I watch fighters – from my eyes and what I see, I could beat him [Joshua].
‘He’s just straightforward, he’s not hard to hit.’
Wilder spoke for the first time since his title defeat to Fury last October, accusing ‘The Gypsy King’ of cheating his way to victory by concealing heavy objects in his gloves.
Among the other accusations dished out were that his water was spiked with muscle relaxers – even suggesting Breland was responsible for that.
Breland came out firing against his former charge however, insisting Wilder’s career at the top level is over.
‘With Deontay and I, that’s a part of boxing I guess.
‘His career is done now, so, I’m done and he’s done. I’m done with him.’
He added: ‘Well one thing you all like to say is that, ‘He’s got a lot of power and that’s all.’
‘I wish him well and that’s it. Only got his power and we’ll see how far that takes him, that’s all I’m gonna say.’
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