American heavyweight Deontay Wilder has hit back at his former trainer’s claims that the fighter is “done” and says that it’s just the beginning of his journey towards greatness.
Mark Breland was sacked by Wilder in the aftermath of his first professional defeat against Tyson Fury last February, allegedly for throwing in the towel. But the 35-year-old from Alabama continued to allege that his former trainer was complicit in other conspiracies, such as spiking his water - claims which Breland, breaking his silence on the matter, vehemently denies.
Speaking to The Last Stand podcast last week, Breland said: “Some people can’t take a loss; don't blame everybody else, go back and think about yourself.
"So many people know me, my character speaks for itself. Spiked the water? If you're looking at the tapes, someone else is giving him the water. Only foolish people come out with stuff like that because it's crazy."
Now Wilder, who hasn’t fought since losing to Fury, has blasted Breland, claiming that the trainer, a former welterweight champion, is just jealous of his success.
"Sometimes it ain't the enemy, sometimes it's the motherf***ers that are right there," said Wilder in an interview with 78SPORTSTV.
"It's like, where is it all coming from? Is it because of where I am in life and your career was short?… It's all making sense now. He's been envying me, he's been jealous. Now all this s*** is truly coming out."
When speaking out on Wilder’s allegations, Breland also stated that his former charge is “done” as a fighter but the Bronze Bomber says it’s just the beginning for him and that it is Breland whose career is now over.
"You can't break a king. When you're a king, you're a king. A king knows how to get back up and continue to lead. Because he understands that he has people waiting on you to, 'Get up king, and continue to lead us.' That's what it is, I'm a king.
"Oh, you wanna break your silence to the UK media, 'Somebody else poured the water.' Nah, you did that s***. This is the end of my career? Man, this is only the beginning of greatness. But for you, it is the end."
Meanwhile in the heavyweight division, Andy Ruiz Jr is on the comeback trail and his trainer, Jorge Capetillo, believes that Tyson Fury is the man who can provide the former heavyweight world champion with the blueprint for an inspirational comeback.