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|Full name||Mark Anthony Breland|
|Born||May 11, 1963 (age 59)|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963) is an American former world champion boxer who won five New York Golden Gloves titles, surpassing Sugar Ray Robinson for the most wins in the history of the Golden Gloves. He is currently in 6 hall of fame: The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, The New York State Boxing Hall of Hame, The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, The Golden Gloves Hall of Fame, The African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, and The USA Boxing Olympics Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Additionally, Breland received The 2018 Emanuel Steward Trainer of the Year Award. Breland is notably the only amateur boxer to have ever graced the cover of Ring magazine, and the only amateur whose picture hangs in Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center. The Smithsonian Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, DC displays an honorary picture of Mark Breland in recognition of his achievements.
Mark Breland won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, was awarded the 1982 Boxer of the Year by USAABF, and rated #1 amateur welterweight in the world by AIBA in 1984. He later became 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 3 inches tall, Breland is one of the tallest World Welterweight champions of all time.
Breland, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, began fighting when he was 9 years old, taking on challengers in the lobby and hallways of the housing project which happened to be his home. At 13, he entered the gym and embraced boxing as a way of life. He is a 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.
Breland made an acting appearance in the movie The Lords of Discipline.
Breland was so exceptional, that he has been having trouble getting sparring partners in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Boxing Association Gym. In June 1984, when he was preparing himself for the forthcoming National Olympic Trials, he went to Grossinger, New York, to train with the Kronks, there he sparred with the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Thomas Hearns, who in turn was preparing to fight Roberto Durán. At that time Breland was being trained by Emanuel Steward. At that time he narrowly escaped bigger troubles, falling under destructive influence of his teammate Ricky Womack, who happened to be an authoritative figure for Breland, eventually was sentenced and jailed.
United States Welterweight Champion, Charlotte, North Carolina, April 1982:
Made the U.S. National Team at the World Champ Box-Offs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 1982:
United States Welterweight Champion, Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 1983:
Won the AIBA International Challenge (Welterweight) in Los Angeles, California, April 1984:
Qualified as a Welterweight at the National Olympic Trials in Fort Worth, Texas, June 1984:
Made the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Box-Offs in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 1984:
Already in 1981, age 18, professional boxing promoters and managers have offered him huge sums up to $300,000 to sign a professional contract. But Breland has turned down these offers, partly by anticipating the 1984 Olympics, and in part because due to the promoters' neglect: "It's not 'cause I need the money. It's 'cause they need the money. Hey, I can get hurt." Planning his professional career, he planned to leave the ring before he's 30.
Breland compiled an impressive amateur record of 110–1 (with 73 knockouts, plus one unaccounted loss by medical disqualification, due to withdrawal because of toxic poisioning, spent most of the week in a New York hospital.)
Breland turned professional in 1984. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA welterweight title by defeating Harold Volbrecht by seventh round TKO. 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 caught and knocked out in round 9.
In 1997, Breland retired with a professional record of 35–3–1 (25 KOs). His record blemishes were a draw with Marlon Starling and losses to Jorge Vaca, Aaron David and Marlon Starling.
Professional boxing record
|39 fights||35 wins||3 losses|
|39||Win||35–3–1||Rick Haynes||UD||10||1997-03-21||Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.|
|38||Win||34–3–1||Bobby Butters||TKO||2 (10), 1:49||1997-01-10||Riverfront Sports Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.|
|37||Win||33–3–1||Darryl Lattimore||UD||10||1996-06-07||Madison Square Garden, New York City, U.S.|
|36||Win||32–3–1||Buck Smith||KO||3 (10), 0:25||1996-05-19||The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
|35||Win||31–3–1||Ricardo Smith||TKO||3 (10), 0:30||1996-01-27||Schwartz Athletic Center, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|34||Loss||30–3–1||Jorge Vaca||TKO||6 (10), 1:37||1991-09-13||ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|33||Win||30–2–1||Julian Samaha||TKO||1 (10), 0:44||1991-07-12||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Win||29–2–1||Henry Anaya Jr.||UD||10||1991-06-10||Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.|
|31||Win||28–2–1||Ariel Conde||KO||1 (10), 0:23||1991-04-09||The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
|30||Loss||27–2–1||Aaron Davis||KO||9 (12), 2:56||1990-07-08||Harrah's Reno, Reno, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBA welterweight title|
|29||Win||27–1–1||Lloyd Honeyghan||TKO||3 (12)||1990-03-03||Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom||Retained WBA welterweight title|
|28||Win||26–1–1||Fujio Ozaki||TKO||4 (12), 0:34||1989-12-10||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBA welterweight title|
|27||Win||25–1–1||Mauro Martelli||TKO||2 (12), 1:15||1989-10-13||Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva, Switzerland||Retained WBA welterweight title|
|26||Win||24–1–1||Rafael Pineda||TKO||5 (12), 1:14||1989-04-22||Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBA welterweight title|
|25||Win||23–1–1||Seung-Soon Lee||TKO||1 (12), 0:54||1989-02-04||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBA welterweight title|
|24||Win||22–1–1||Ozzie O'Neal||KO||1 (10), 1:46||1988-10-07||The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
|23||Win||21–1–1||Pablo Baez||KO||1 (10), 1:43||1988-08-11||DiVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|22||Draw||20–1–1||Marlon Starling||PTS||12||1988-04-16||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||For WBA welterweight title|
|21||Win||20–1||Juan Antonio Villa||TKO||3 (10), 2:03||1988-02-05||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|20||Win||19–1||Javier Suazo||UD||10||1987-12-05||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|19||Loss||18–1||Marlon Starling||TKO||11 (15), 1:38||1987-08-22||Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.||Lost WBA welterweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Juan Bautista Rondon||PTS||10||1987-07-10||Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy|
|17||Win||17–0||Harold Volbrecht||TKO||7 (15), 2:07||1987-02-06||Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Won vacant WBA welterweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Orlando Orozco||TKO||2 (10), 1:46||1986-11-13||Felt Forum, New York City, U.S|
|15||Win||15–0||Ralph Twinning||KO||1 (10), 2:08||1986-10-15||Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Reggie Miller||KO||2 (10), 1:41||1986-09-14||Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||John Munduga||TKO||6 (10), 2:18||1986-06-21||The Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Ricky Avendano||KO||1 (10), 1:06||1986-05-15||Felt Forum, New York City, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Darryl Anthony||TKO||3 (10), 2:14||1986-04-12||Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Richard Aguirre||KO||1 (10), 1:33||1986-03-02||Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Troy Wortham||UD||10||1986-01-25||Americana Host Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Hedgemon Robertson||UD||8||1985-12-21||Virginia Beach Pavilion, Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Donald Gwinn||KO||2 (8), 1:32||1985-10-18||Felt Forum, New York City, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Don Shiver||TKO||1 (8), 2:18||1985-07-20||Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Dario DeJesus||KO||2 (6), 2:49||1985-06-19||Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Vince Dunfee||KO||2 (6), 2:13||1985-05-17||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Steve Little||UD||6||1985-04-06||San Angelo, Texas, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Marlon Palmer||UD||6||1985-01-05||Harrah's Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Dwight Williams||UD||6||1984-11-15||Madison Square Garden, New York City, U.S.|
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- Boxing Ratings, UPI, February 27, 1984.
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- 1984 Olympic Boxing Trials in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by Howard Cosell.
- Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey, 2008, pp. 41-42.
- Boxers Chase Olympic Berth, by Ed Schuyler Jr. AP Sports Writer, Wilson Daily Times, July 6, 1984, p. 11.
- Boxing, U.S. Amateur (UPI,) European Stars And Stripes, December 14, 1982, p. 25.