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Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963) is a retired American world champion boxer who won five New York Golden Gloves titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. He is also an actor with a wide range of movie and television credits, having made his debut in The Lords of Discipline, and also appeared in the music video for The Pointer Sisters' 1985 hit single, "Dare Me." At 6' and two and a half inches tall, Breland is one of the tallest World Welterweight champions of all time.

Mark Breland
Mark Breland and Serik Konakbayev.jpg
Breland (left) and Serik Konakbayev (right) in 2010
Personal information
Full nameMark Anthony Breland
BornMay 11, 1963 (1963-05-11) (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 12 in (189 cm)

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Amateur careerEdit

Breland, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, began fighting when he was 9 years old, taking on challengers in the lobby and hallways of the housing project which happened to be his home. At 13, he entered the gym and embraced boxing as a way of life.[1] He is a five-time New York Golden Gloves Champion (1980–84), his record in this competition was 21–0 (19 KO's), with 14 knockouts coming in the 1st round.

Breland was so exceptional, that he has been having trouble getting sparring partners in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Boxing Association Gym. In June 1984, when he was preparing himself for the forthcoming National Olympic Trials, he went to Grossinger, New York, to train with the Kronks, there he sparred with the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Thomas Hearns, who in turn was preparing to fight Roberto Durán. At that time Breland has been trained by Emanuel Steward.[2] At that time he narrowly escaped bigger troubles, falling under destructive influence of his teammate Ricky Womack, who happened to be an authoritative figure for Breland, eventually was sentenced and jailed.[3]

HighlightsEdit

Already in 1981, age 18, professional boxing promoters and managers have offered him huge sums up to $300,000 to sign a professional contract. But Breland has turned down these offers, partly by anticipating the 1984 Olympics, and in part because due to the promoters' neglect: "It's not 'cause I need the money. It's 'cause they need the money. Hey, I can get hurt." Planning his professional career, he planned to leave the ring before he's 30.[1]

Breland compiled an impressive amateur record of 110–1 (with 73 knockouts.)[4]

Professional careerEdit

Breland turned professional in 1984. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA welterweight title. He lost it in his first defense to Marlon Starling. In 1989, Breland again won the vacant WBA Welterweight Title. He made three successful title defenses before losing it to Aaron Davis in a back-and-forth 9-round contest that was nearly called off twice because of injuries to Davis' eye before Breland was knocked out in round 9.

In 1997, Breland retired with a professional record of 35–3–1 (25 KOs).

Breland is currently a boxing trainer, having trained Vernon Forrest and current WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder among other notable boxers.

Professional boxing recordEdit

35 Wins (25 knockouts, 10 decisions), 3 Losses (3 knockouts), 1 Draw [5]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 35–3–1   Rick Haynes UD 10 1997-03-21   Jacksonville, Florida
Win 34–3–1   Bobby Butters TKO 2 (10) 1997-01-10   Riverfront Sports Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
Win 33–3–1   Darryl Lattimore UD 10 1996-06-07   Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 32–3–1   Buck Smith KO 3 (10) 1996-05-19   The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 31–3–1   Ricardo Smith TKO 3 (10) 1996-01-27   Schwartz Athletic Center, Brooklyn, New York
Loss 30–3–1   Jorge Vaca TKO 6 (10) 1991-09-13   ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Win 30–2–1   Julian Samaha TKO 1 (10) 1991-07-12   Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 29–2–1   Henry Anaya Jr. UD 10 1991-06-10   Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey
Win 28–2–1   Ariel Conde KO 1 (10) 1991-04-09   The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 27–2–1   Aaron Davis KO 9 (12) 1990-07-08   Harrah's Reno, Reno, Nevada Lost WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 26–1–1   Lloyd Honeyghan TKO 3 (12) 1990-03-03   Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 25–1–1   Fujio Ozaki TKO 4 (12) 1989-12-10   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 24–1–1   Mauro Martelli TKO 2 (12) 1989-10-13   Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 23–1–1   Rafael Pineda TKO 5 (12) 1989-04-22   Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 22–1–1   Seung-Soon Lee TKO 1 (12) 1989-02-04   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 21–1–1   Ozzie O'Neal KO 1 (10) 1988-10-07   The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 20–1–1   Pablo Baez KO 1 (10) 1988-08-11   DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois
Draw 19–1–1   Marlon Starling PTS 12 1988-04-16   Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 19–1   Juan Antonio Villa TKO 3 (10) 1988-02-05   Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 18–1   Javier Suazo UD 10 1987-12-05   Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 17–1   Marlon Starling TKO 11 (15) 1987-08-22   Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina Lost WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 17–0   Juan Bautista Rondon PTS 10 1987-07-10   Forte Village Resort, Sardinia
Win 16–0   Harold Volbrecht TKO 7 (15) 1987-02-06   Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 15–0   Orlando Orozco TKO 2 (10) 1986-11-13   Felt Forum, New York City
Win 15–0   Ralph Twinning KO 1 (10) 1986-10-15   Columbia, South Carolina
Win 14–0   Reggie Miller KO 2 (10) 1986-09-14   Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13–0   John Munduga TKO 6 (10) 1986-06-21   The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 12–0   Ricky Avendano KO 1 (10) 1986-05-15   Felt Forum, New York City
Win 11–0   Darryl Anthony TKO 3 (10) 1986-04-12   Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 10–0   Richard Aguirre KO 1 (10) 1986-03-02   Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win 9–0   Troy Wortham UD 10 1986-01-25   Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win 8–0   Hedgemon Robertson UD 8 1985-12-21   Virginia Beach Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 7–0   Donald Gwinn KO 2 (8) 1985-10-18   Felt Forum, New York City
Win 6–0   Don Shiver TKO 1 (8) 1985-07-20   Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 5–0   Dario DeJesus KO 2 (6) 1985-06-19   Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 4–0   Vince Dunfee KO 2 (6) 1985-05-17   Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 3–0   Steve "Lightning" Little UD 6 1985-04-06   San Angelo, Texas
Win 2–0   Marlon Palmer UD 6 1985-01-05   Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1–0   Dwight Williams UD 6 1984-11-15   Madison Square Garden, New York City Pro Debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Norman, Michael (December 13, 1981). "Golden Boys Of The Ghetto". The New York Times. p. 55. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  2. ^ 1984 Olympic Boxing Trials in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by Howard Cosell.
  3. ^ Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey, 2008, pp. 41-42.
  4. ^ Boxers Chase Olympic Berth, by Ed Schuyler Jr. AP Sports Writer, Wilson Daily Times, July 6, 1984, p. 11.
  5. ^ Boxing record for Mark Breland. BoxRec.com.

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Preceded by
Lloyd Honeyghan
Stripped
WBA Welterweight Champion
6 February 1987 – 22 August 1987
Succeeded by
Marlon Starling
Preceded by
Tomás Molinares
Vacated
WBA Welterweight Champion
4 February 1989 – 8 July 1990
Succeeded by
Aaron Davis
Preceded by
Kenny Baysmore
The Ring Prospect of the Year
1984
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson