Mark Breland

Breland (left) and Konakbaev (right) and Serik Konakbayev (right) in 2010
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

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
    • 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

Breland turned professional in 1984. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA World Welterweight Championship. 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 thrilling 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
WBA Welterweight Champion
6 February 1987– 22 August 1987
Succeeded by
Marlon Starling
Preceded by
Tomas Molinares
WBA Welterweight Champion
4 February 1989– 8 July 1990
Succeeded by
Aaron Davis

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