Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT Deontay Wilder’s trainer Mark Breland was right to throw in the towel against Tyson Fury.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ coach stopped his fight with the ‘Gypsy King’ in the seventh round after he had previously been down in the third and fifth.
At the post-fight press conference, Breland’s fellow trainer in the corner Jay Deas said he disagreed with the decision and in his first interviews since the defeat Wilder has said he’s considering sacking him.
Hearn reacted to Jim White on talkSPORT: “He’s said also that Mark Breland’s friend knew Tyson Fury’s trainer and he was trying to help him out by throwing in the towel.
“I mean, he couldn’t stand up. He was absolutely battered, and he was about to get hurt.
“Mark Breland is a former fighter, he was a great world champion himself. They know the game.
“The last thing you want is to have a brave trainer, trainers are there to protect the fighter.
“They know the fighters inside out, they know them better than anyone.
“He would’ve been in that corner, looking at Deontay Wilder, he didn’t look like he wanted to be there.
“He couldn’t stand up, his equilibrium was gone, and all it takes in that division-
“He’s lucky really Fury didn’t land any clean shots on him or he was in with a huge puncher because he could’ve got seriously hurt in that fight.
“I feel like Mark Breland was well within his rights. Actually I wouldn’t have even minded if the towel came in earlier in the fight.
“The whole thing seems in disarray.”
Wilder told BoxingScene: “He was influenced by [Anthony] Dirrell. They said Dirrell was in back of him screaming, ‘Throw the towel in! We love our champ!
“And, you know, he works with ‘Sugar’ as well, the opposite trainer, Tyson’s trainer. [Dirrell] works with him, too. [Breland] said he didn’t hear nothing, but everybody’s saying the same thing.
“A lot of people that’s around, a lot of people that was in my camp, and if everybody’s hearing it and if my people in the corner can hear him, and Mark said he can’t hear [him], there’s something wrong with that.
“It’s a lot going on with Mark as well. But, you know, we’re gonna make a big decision by the time I come back from Africa. And we’re gonna go from there.”