Floyd Mayweather Jr posts support message for Deontay Wilder’s ex-coach Mark Breland
By Jeff Aronow: Floyd Mayweather Jr posted an appreciation support post on Instagram on Deontay Wilder’s fired coach Mark Breland on Sunday. The post by Mayweather seemed to be a subtle dig, and Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) and his new coach Malik Scott.
Some boxing fans view Wilder’s new coach Malik as more of a cheerleader than an actual trainer.
Mayweather asked his millions of followers to hit the follow button for Breland, who was canned by former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder in 2020 following his seventh round knockout loss to Tyson Fury.
Breland threw in the towel to save Wilder from taking punishment in the seventh round when Fury was hitting him at will with power shots.
Deontay looked inadequately trained
In his first fight with new trainer Malik Scott, Wilder didn’t look good at all, looking exhausted after two rounds in an 11th round knockout loss to Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) on October 9th.
Deontay bulked up to 238 lbs and didn’t look like he had been adequately prepared for the trilogy match with Fury regarding his cardio.
Also, Wilder reacted just as poorly to Fury’s mauling tactics as he had in his previous fight with him in February 2020, showing that he either handed been trained correctly or he had forgotten what was told to him.
Many boxing fans believe that Wilder made a terrible mistake in dumping Breland and going with the unproven Malik, as he’d never trained anyone before. He didn’t look like he prepared him adequately.
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Malik Scott reacts to Mayweather’s post
“I wouldn’t say he was talking s*** about me,” said Malik on social media in reacting to Mayweather’s message of support about Wilder’s ex-coach Breland.
“I would say he [Mayweather] was taking his usual random shots at Deontay, which is indirectly taking shots at me too since I’m Deontay’s head trainer.
“All of a sudden, Floyd posts [about] him [Mark Breland] with praise a week after we lost to Fury. Then to make it even more funnier, Mark Breland has never really liked Floyd.
“On numerous occasions, he’s [Breland] called Floyd an overrated big mouth that wouldn’t have stood a chance in his era,” said Malik.
What bothered Mayweather is how bad Wilder looked in the trilogy, as he didn’t look like he’d been adequately trained for Fury’s tactics.
It’s hard to imagine a quality trainer not having Wilder well-prepared for the mauling that Fury would use in the third fight.
In hindsight, Wilder would have been better off if he’d kept Breland and used the tactics he would have taught him in dealing with Fury’s roughhouse game plan.
SugarHill talks about Fury’s knockdown by Deontay
“The second time he [Fury] got knocked down, it wasn’t a solid punch at all. It was more of a clubbing punch,” said Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward to FightHub TV in talking about the second knockdown by Deontay in the fourth round of their trilogy match.
“And it was more of an ‘I learned how to punch like Tyson Fury in the first fight’ type of deal,” said SugarHill in talking Wilder’s knockdown of Fury in the fourth.
“It wasn’t with the knuckles at all. And it was kind of in the back of the head, but it’s a blow. It wasn’t the cleanest punch at all, but it scored a knockdown. That’s what it was,” said SugarHill about Wilder.
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