April 23, 1989
Mark Breland overcame a second-round knee injury and stopped Rafael Pineda with a quick three-punch flurry in the fifth round Saturday at Atlantic City, N.J., to retain his World Boxing Assn. welterweight title. Breland had trouble throwing his jab after he hurt his left knee while avoiding a punch. Breland, who improved his record to 24-1-1, used a big overhand right to stun Pineda in the fifth round and followed with a left uppercut and a right uppercut. Pineda, who is 20-1, turned his back on Breland and draped himself over the ropes.
February 8, 1987
Mark Breland won the World Boxing Assn. welterweight title Friday with a left hand that was broken in the first round. "I knew it was broken in the first round," Breland said Saturday at Atlantic City, N.J., about 10 hours after he knocked out Harold Volbrecht of South Africa with a right hand to the jaw in the seventh round. Breland's manager, Shelly Finkel, said: "He, I and Joey (trainer Joe Fariello) debated about fighting, and Mark said, 'I'd rather go on with it.'
January 5, 1985
Olympic boxing gold medalist Mark Breland makes his second professional start on ABC-TV tonight against Marlon Palmer at Atlantic City, and veteran trainer Joe Fariello will be in Breland's corner for the first time. Fariello has worked with Jose Torres, Floyd Patterson, Buster Mathis and Bennie Briscoe and is credited with inventing boxing's peek-a-boo defensive style that Patterson popularized. Breland said Fariello has made an impact in the month or so they have been together.
June 11, 1991 |
Mark Breland used an effective left jab and right uppercut against Henry Anaya and scored a lackluster but unanimous 10-round decision in a middleweight fight Monday night. The win was Breland's second in as many fights since moving up in weight class after losing the World Boxing Assn. welterweight title to Aaron Davis in July. Breland (29-2-1) threw dozens of jabs and uppercuts against Anaya, but most seemed to lack power.
May 18, 1985 |
Mark Breland, the Olympic welterweight champion, scored his first knockout as a professional Friday night, stopping Vince Dunfee in the second round at Caesars Tahoe. Two other Olympic gold medalists, lightweight Meldrick Taylor and heavyweight Tyrell Biggs, also made short work of their foes.
July 9, 1990 |
Underdog Aaron Davis knocked Mark Breland down in the third round, then put him away with a short right in the ninth to take the World Boxing Assn. welterweight title Sunday. Davis, whose vision was hampered by a badly swollen right eye during most of the fight, staggered Breland several times with his left hand but missed with his right until the final blow late in the ninth round. "I was hurting him with the left hook, but each time I threw the right, it just sort of missed," Davis said.
December 10, 1989 |
Champion Mark Breland of the United States battered Japan's Fujio Ozaki and stopped him in the fourth round Sunday, retaining his World Boxing Assn. welterweight title. There were no knockdowns, but with Ozaki injured above his right eye, referee Julio Cesar Alvarado of Panama lifted Breland's hand at 35 seconds of the fourth round of the scheduled 12-round bout. It was Breland's third defense of the title he won by knocking out Lee Seung-soon of South Korea in the first round in February.