Wilder’s sacked trainer feared fighter had suffered brain damage against Fury

Deontay Wilder's former trainer has claimed he feared his fighter had suffered a brain injury during his rematch with Tyson Fury.

Wilder was dropped twice by Fury and was bleeding from the ear when Mark Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round.

The deposed heavyweight world champion reacted furiously and sacked Breland from his coaching team.

Wilder also accused Breland of spiking his water, one of a number of baseless conspiracy theories spouted after his first professional defeat.

Breland broke his silence on the controversy last weekend and has now explained why he threw in the towel.

"At that fight just as many others we had NO cutman because Deontay won't need it," he said.

"I'm not a doctor but I know blood coming out your ears and dazed eyes could be a brain issue… and power comes from your legs and his legs were gone!

"So I made a decision to stop the fight and I'd do it all again! I have a son Deontay's age… I'm not looking to see him go out on his shield!"

Breland, a former Olympic and world champion, also opened up on his relationship with Wilder.

"After Deontay became a name in boxing, new members joined the team and it got to the point where I didn't even have my fighter's phone number," he said.

"I haven't spoke to Deontay alone in years. The things that I told Deontay had to be ran past Jay [Deas, Wilder's head trainer]. "Deontay had become untrainable because he was at the point of, 'he knows more about boxing than all of us.' So teaching a correct jab was not a priority to learn once he continued on his knockout streak. A coach can only teach someone if they're willing to learn.

"We would wait for the champ hours before he arrived at the gym and Jay would inform us of his mood. If he had a bad day we had to 'be quiet' to not be on the receiving end of 'his wrath', according to Jay, in an effort to not be 'fired'."

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