Mark Breland

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Breland (left) and Serik Konakbayev (right) in 2010
Mark Breland
Medal record
Men’s boxing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Welterweight
World Amateur Championships
Gold 1982 Munich Welterweight

Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former 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.

Amateur Boxing Career[edit]

Breland compiled an impressive amateur record of 110–1. Highlights of which were:

  • 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.
  • 1981 – United States Amateur Welterweight competition, lost to Darryl Anthony on points. This would be Breland's only loss as an amateur.
  • 1981 – won Intercity Golden Gloves in the welterweight division, stopped Efrain Bennett in the first.
  • 1982 – United States Amateur Welterweight Champion
  • 1982 – Gold Medal (Welterweight) at the World Championships in Munich, West Germany
  • 1983 – United States Amateur Welterweight Champion
    • Defeated Bill Harrington TKO 3
    • Defeated Tony Golden TKO 2
    • Defeated Alton Rice on points
    • Defeated James Mitchell TKO 2
  • 1984 – Qualified as a Welterweight at the 1984 Olympic Trials in Fort Worth, Texas
    • Defeated Louis Howard on points
    • Defeated Mylon Watkins TKO 1
    • Defeated Davey Gutierrez on points
    • Defeated Louis Howard on points, at the Olympic Box-Offs in Las Vegas.
  • 1984 – Gold Medal (Welterweight) at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California

Professional Boxing Career[edit]

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 among other notable boxers.

Preceded by
Lloyd Honeyghan
Stripped
WBA Welterweight Champion
6 February 1987– 22 August 1987
Succeeded by
Marlon Starling
Preceded by
Tomas Molinares
Vacated
WBA Welterweight Champion
4 February 1989– 8 July 1990
Succeeded by
Aaron Davis

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (25 knockouts, 10 decisions), 3 Losses (3 knockouts), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 5-15-2 United States Rick Haynes PTS 10 21/03/1997 United States Jacksonville, Florida
Win 12-16-1 United States Bobby Butters TKO 2 10/01/1997 United States Riverfront Sports Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
Win 24-16 United States Darryl Lattimore UD 10 07/06/1996 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 98-90, 96-93, 97-96.
Win 175-9-2 United States Buck Smith KO 3 19/05/1996 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Smith knocked out at 0:25 of the third round.
Win 7-10-1 United States Ricardo Smith TKO 3 27/01/1996 United States Schwartz Athletic Center, Brooklyn, New York Referee stopped the bout at 0:30 of the third round.
Loss 47-9-1 Mexico Jorge Vaca TKO 6 13/09/1991 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the sixth round.
Win 20-4-1 Mexico Julian Samaha TKO 1 12/07/1991 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 0:44 of the first round.
Win 17-3 United States Henry Anaya, Jr. UD 10 10/06/1991 United States Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey
Win 0-16 Mexico Ariel Conde KO 1 09/04/1991 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Conde knocked out at 0:23 of the first round.
Loss 29-0 United States Aaron "Superman" Davis KO 9 08/07/1990 United States Harrah's Reno, Reno, Nevada WBA World Welterweight Title. Breland knocked out at 2:56 of the ninth round.
Win 34-2 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan TKO 3 03/03/1990 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London WBA World Welterweight Title.
Win 25-5 Japan Fujio Ozaki TKO 4 10/12/1989 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:34 of the fourth round.
Win 33-1 Switzerland Mauro Martelli TKO 2 13/10/1989 Switzerland Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:15 of the second round.
Win 20-0 Colombia Rafael Pineda TKO 5 22/04/1989 United States Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:14 of the fifth round.
Win 31-2 South Korea Seung-Soon Lee TKO 1 04/02/1989 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:54 of the first round.
Win 14-7-1 United States Ozzie O'Neal KO 1 07/10/1988 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 16-15-2 Dominican Republic Pablo Baez KO 1 11/08/1988 United States DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois Baez knocked out at 1:43 of the first round.
Draw 43-4 United States Marlon Starling PTS 12 16/04/1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada WBA World Welterweight Title. 113-116, 114-114, 115-114.
Win -- United States Juan Antonio Villa TKO 3 05/02/1988 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:03 of the third round.
Win 17-4-1 United States Javier Suazo UD 10 05/12/1987 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey 100-89, 100-90, 100-90.
Loss 41-4 United States Marlon Starling TKO 11 22/08/1987 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the 11th round.
Win 20-4-2 Venezuela Juan Bautista Rondon PTS 10 10/07/1987 Italy Forte Village Resort, Sardinia
Win 39-4-2 South Africa Harold Volbrecht TKO 7 06/02/1987 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBA World Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:07 of the seventh round.
Win 10-8-2 Venezuela Orlando Orozco TKO 2 13/11/1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 1:46 of the second round.
Win 28-11-1 United States Ralph Twinning KO 1 15/10/1986 United States Columbia, South Carolina Twinning knocked out at 2:08 of the first round.
Win 19-5 United States Reggie Miller KO 2 14/09/1986 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey Miller knocked out at 1:41 of the second round.
Win 24-0 Uganda John Munduga TKO 6 21/06/1986 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the sixth round.
Win 2-2 United States Ricky Avendano KO 1 15/05/1986 United States Felt Forum, New York City Avendano knocked out at 1:06 of the first round.
Win 20-1-2 United States Darryl Anthony TKO 3 12/04/1986 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the third round.
Win 13-0 United States Richard Aguirre KO 1 02/03/1986 United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Aguirre knocked out at 1:33 of the first round.
Win 24-0 United States Troy Wortham UD 10 25/01/1986 United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 50-39, 50-38, 50-38.
Win 21-5-1 United States Hedgemon Robertson UD 8 21/12/1985 United States Virginia Beach Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 9-7 United States Donald Gwinn KO 2 18/10/1985 United States Felt Forum, New York City Gwinn knocked out at 1:32 of the second round.
Win 19-0 United States Don Shiver TKO 1 20/07/1985 United States Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the first round.
Win 6-16-3 Dominican Republic Dario DeJesus KO 2 19/06/1985 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey DeJesus knocked out at 2:49 of the second round.
Win 6-1 United States Vince Dunfee KO 2 17/05/1985 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 10-2 United States Steve "Lightning" Little UD 6 06/04/1985 United States San Angelo, Texas
Win 4-0-3 United States Marlon Palmer UD 6 05/01/1985 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7-1 United States Dwight Williams UD 6 15/11/1984 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 5-1, 4-2, 6-0.

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