Deontay Wilder will part company with coach Mark Breland after he threw in the towel in the seventh round of his defeat by Tyson Fury.
Breland has been widely praised for his decision as Wilder took a beating in the corner of the ring having been dropped twice earlier in the fight
But head trainer Jay Deas later said he disagreed with the move – and Wilder has backed up his cornerman.
After confirming he will exercise his right to a trilogy fight with Fury, Wilder revealed he is ready to change his coaching team.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder told Yahoo.
“It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.
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“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.
“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”
Wilder was also critical of referee Kenny Bayless who he claimed allowed Fury to hit him to the back of his head.
“The referee told me specifically that if I hit him in the back of the head or hit him on the break, he’d disqualify me,” he added.
“But I guess that was only directed toward me, because he allowed Fury to do those things. That’s the one thing that bothered me of everything.”
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