The finish of the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada saw Fury beat him in the seventh round when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.
Former referee turned color commentator John McCarthy is sticking up for Wilder’s trainer for the hard decision that he had to make.
“Mark Breland, God bless you for being a smart guy,” co-podcast host McCarthy said on a recent episode of Weighing-in (h/t BJPenn.com).
“(Wilder) is just taking damage. Is he going to win this fight? No, he’s not going to win this fight. He says, ‘I would have gone out on my shield.’ That’s great, we know you would have gone out on your shield. But you would have taken how much more damage before that moment occurred, and how much damage was that moment going to be in taking away from your ability to come back and do this again and still be good. Because you never know how much that beating is going to do to you,” he continued.
“Mark Breland did him a favor. He was not going to win that fight. That was the seventh round, he had lost every friggin round. Look, he wasn’t going to knock out Fury. He wasn’t even getting close with those shots. Fury was in complete control of that fight. I thought Mark Breland did the right thing. I know Deontay is mad at him, saying ‘I don’t know if I can have him back.’ Some day you will figure out that man did you a favor.”