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Mark Breland watched Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden as a 7-year-old Brooklynite, decided he wanted to be a fighter, too, and evolved into perhaps the greatest amateur in U.S. history.
The 6-foot-2 welterweight won the New York Golden Gloves five times, two national titles, a world amateur champ, and the Olympic gold medal during a career when he went 110-1. (Pernell Whitaker lost the same day.)
We spoke in-depth to Breland about training Deontay Wilder, winning two WBA welterweight titles as a pro, and acquiring a taste for catfish and fried okra as a part-time resident of Alabama and South Carolina.

Our interview with Mark Breland is preceded by a surprisingly lively conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman (hung over from his birthday celebration), Rizwaan Zahid (fighting off laryngitis), and John J. Raspanti (interrupting a hot date) about Sen. Pacquiao's possible return, Canelo's lightweight excuse for not facing GGG this year, Crawford-Postol, Mikey's comeback, and more.

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Widely regarded as the greatest U.S. amateur boxer ever, Mark Breland won the New York Golden Gloves five times, the Olympic gold medal, and the world amateur championship in a career in which he compiled a record of 110-1.

That's the bar he set for himself before turning pro.

Breland won the WBA welterweight crown twice in a professional career that couldn't possibly have been great enough, retired young (and on a five-fight winning streak), and moved on.

He's now a trainer who worked with the late Vernon Forrest, and now is teaching 6-foot-7 Deontay Wilder the finer points of using his 83-inch reach.

We talked to Breland about all of these things, plus his acting career (stage and screen) on the Nov. 10, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

 

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