Mark Breland

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Mark Breland
Mark Breland and Serik Konakbayev.jpg
Breland (left) and Serik Konakbayev (right) in 2010
Personal information
Full nameMark Anthony Breland
BornMay 11, 1963 (1963-05-11) (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 12 in (189 cm)

Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963) is an American 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, and also appeared in the music video for The Pointer Sisters' 1985 hit single, "Dare Me." At 6' and two and a half inches tall, Breland is one of the tallest World Welterweight champions of all time.

Amateur Boxing Career[edit]

Breland, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, 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 National Amateur Championships quarterfinalist in Concord, California: Lost to Darryl Anthony on points (2-3). 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 Larry Gentile 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 and current WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 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 35–3–1 United States Rick Haynes UD 10 1997-03-21 United States Jacksonville, Florida
Win 34–3–1 United States Bobby Butters TKO 2 (10) 1997-01-10 United States Riverfront Sports Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
Win 33–3–1 United States Darryl Lattimore UD 10 1996-06-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 32–3–1 United States Buck Smith KO 3 (10) 1996-05-19 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 31–3–1 United States Ricardo Smith TKO 3 (10) 1996-01-27 United States Schwartz Athletic Center, Brooklyn, New York
Loss 30–3–1 Mexico Jorge Vaca TKO 6 (10) 1991-09-13 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Win 30–2–1 Mexico Julian Samaha TKO 1 (10) 1991-07-12 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 29–2–1 United States Henry Anaya Jr. UD 10 1991-06-10 United States Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey
Win 28–2–1 Mexico Ariel Conde KO 1 (10) 1991-04-09 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 27–2–1 United States Aaron Davis KO 9 (12) 1990-07-08 United States Harrah's Reno, Reno, Nevada Lost WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 26–1–1 United Kingdom Lloyd Honeyghan TKO 3 (12) 1990-03-03 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 25–1–1 Japan Fujio Ozaki TKO 4 (12) 1989-12-10 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 24–1–1 Switzerland Mauro Martelli TKO 2 (12) 1989-10-13 Switzerland Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 23–1–1 Colombia Rafael Pineda TKO 5 (12) 1989-04-22 United States Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 22–1–1 South Korea Seung-Soon Lee TKO 1 (12) 1989-02-04 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 21–1–1 United States Ozzie O'Neal KO 1 (10) 1988-10-07 United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 20–1–1 Dominican Republic Pablo Baez KO 1 (10) 1988-08-11 United States DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois
Draw 19–1–1 United States Marlon Starling PTS 12 1988-04-16 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 19–1 United States Juan Antonio Villa TKO 3 (10) 1988-02-05 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 18–1 United States Javier Suazo UD 10 1987-12-05 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 17–1 United States Marlon Starling TKO 11 (15) 1987-08-22 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina Lost WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 17–0 Venezuela Juan Bautista Rondon PTS 10 1987-07-10 Italy Forte Village Resort, Sardinia
Win 16–0 South Africa Harold Volbrecht TKO 7 (15) 1987-02-06 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant WBA World Welterweight Title
Win 15–0 Venezuela Orlando Orozco TKO 2 (10) 1986-11-13 United States Felt Forum, New York City
Win 15–0 United States Ralph Twinning KO 1 (10) 1986-10-15 United States Columbia, South Carolina
Win 14–0 United States Reggie Miller KO 2 (10) 1986-09-14 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13–0 Uganda John Munduga TKO 6 (10) 1986-06-21 United States The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 12–0 United States Ricky Avendano KO 1 (10) 1986-05-15 United States Felt Forum, New York City
Win 11–0 United States Darryl Anthony TKO 3 (10) 1986-04-12 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 10–0 United States Richard Aguirre KO 1 (10) 1986-03-02 United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win 9–0 United States Troy Wortham UD 10 1986-01-25 United States Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win 8–0 United States Hedgemon Robertson UD 8 1985-12-21 United States Virginia Beach Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 7–0 United States Donald Gwinn KO 2 (8) 1985-10-18 United States Felt Forum, New York City
Win 6–0 United States Don Shiver TKO 1 (8) 1985-07-20 United States Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 5–0 Dominican Republic Dario DeJesus KO 2 (6) 1985-06-19 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 4–0 United States Vince Dunfee KO 2 (6) 1985-05-17 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 3–0 United States Steve "Lightning" Little UD 6 1985-04-06 United States San Angelo, Texas
Win 2–0 United States Marlon Palmer UD 6 1985-01-05 United States Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1–0 United States Dwight Williams UD 6 1984-11-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Pro Debut

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