Middleweight boxer Andre Dirrell has revealed that he was the man who told ex-Deontay Wilder trainer Mark Breeland to throw in the towel during a rematch with Tyson Fury in February 2020.
“It was me standing there in the ring before the eighth round and telling Mark Breeland to throw in the towel,” Andre Dirrell told Fighthype.”He [Wilder] was missing too many shots and there was nothing he could do to change his situation. If you looked into the crowd, you would see one of the Charlo brothers waving his arms in an attempt to stop the fight.
Usually, when you watch a fight very closely, you can see someone on the other side of the ring signaling the referee to stop the fight. I’ve been around Wilder’s corners for the last two rounds, trying to convince Mark Breeland to throw in the towel, and I really believe I was able to influence his decision.
If you look at the main reason why Deontay Wilder went into boxing at 21-22, it was to take care of his daughter. Is he capable of doing this now? Absolutely. He can end his career, live a wonderful life, and take care of his daughter, or someone else who needs it. But if he wants to come back stronger, then we should give him the opportunity. You don’t have to accept unnecessary damage if it can be avoided.”