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Deontay Wilder to recruit new coach, rules out Floyd Mayweather

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has disclosed that he will recruit a new coach to his coaching team after sacking his trainer Mark Breland in February.

Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round against Tyson Fury II and it was viewed as a sensible call after the Alabama fighter had been dropped twice earlier in the fight.

Wilder was visibly upset by the decision as referee Kenny Bayliss waved the fight off, and he bellowed “Why’d you do that?!” at his corner in the immediate seconds after Fury’s victory was confirmed.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ then fired Breland for throwing in the towel and is now a man short of a full corner team and did receive an offer of help from Mayweather earlier this year.

Despite the graciousness of Mayweather, Wilder doesn’t believe the ex-pound for pound king was genuine. But he did confirm another trainer will be added.

“We are looking to work with another trainer. I like Derrick (James). He’s a great guy. I like the things he does,” Wilder told Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast.

“I like Foreman (George). We’ve had many discussions about different things about how he used to train.

“But with Floyd personally, I don’t feel he likes me. I think he’s just doing this for attention. Honestly, I can’t see how a guy who has bet against me every fight wants to be my trainer.

“A guy who has nothing good to say about me since the start of my career, but now wants to be my trainer. I don’t think he likes me or has my best interest at heart.”

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