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Full name  Mark Anthony Breland
Martial art  Boxing
Height  1.88 m

Role  Boxer
Name  Mark Breland
Division  Welterweight
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Born  May 11, 1963 (age 52) (1963-05-11) Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Movies  The Lords of Discipline, He Got Game, The Undercover Man
Olympic medals  Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Welterweight
Similar People  Marlon Starling, Aaron Davis, Lloyd Honeyghan, Meldrick Taylor, Tyrell Biggs


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.


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Amateur Boxing Career

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Breland, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, compiled an impressive amateur record of 110–1. Highlights of which were:

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  • 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
  • Defeated Vesa Koskela (SWE)
  • Defeated Mihai Ciubotaru (ROM)
  • Defeated Manfred Zielonka (FRG)
  • Defeated Serik Konakbayev (URS)
  • 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
  • Defeated Wayne Gordon (CAN) on points
  • Defeated Carlos Reyes (PUR) TKO 3
  • Defeated Rudel Obreja (ROM) on points
  • Defeated Genaro Leon (MEX) KO 1
  • Defeated Luciano Bruno (ITA) on points
  • Defeated Yong-Su Ahn (KOR) on points
  • Professional Boxing Career

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    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 new WBC world champion Deontay Wilder among other notable boxers.


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