May 5, 2017
May 5, 2017
Deontay Wilder

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MANNY ROBLES, the trainer of former world title challenger Dominic Breazeale, has little time and less respect for Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion. Breazeale had boxed on the same bill as Wilder in Alabama in February, scoring an exciting knockout victory over Izuagbe Ugonoh in five rounds. But a notorious altercation between Wilder and Breazeale at a hotel after their respective fights marred the occasion.

When it comes to Wilder, Breazeale’s trainer said, “That’s someone I definitely don’t have any respect for and I’m not going to waste my time talking about a man I have no respect for. No class. To represent the WBC, to being a heavyweight champion of the world for the WBC, he’s a bad representative. That’s all I’ve got to say. I have no respect for this guy. He doesn’t deserve to be in the position that he’s in. It’s not only the way you carry yourself in the ring that’s important but the way you carry yourself outside of the ring is even more important. It’s the person that makes you. It’s not the belt. You’ve got to be a good individual, you’ve got to be a humble individual. I don’t believe he is.”

Robles has a strikingly different view of WBA and IBF boss Anthony Joshua, whom Manny has seen at first hand when he cornered Breazeale against the Englishman in June of last year. “Joshua a true gentleman in every sense of the word, inside and outside of the ring. We went to London, they treated us, including the fans and Joshua and his team, they treated us very, very well. A true professional before and after. A true professional and I have nothing but respect for the guy. That makes me respect a fighter even more, not only what you do inside the ring but again the way you carry yourself outside of the ring as well,” Robles told Boxing News.

His admiration for Joshua has been heightened by the Briton’s performance against Wladimir Klitschko last Saturday. “Anthony Joshua is going to be a better fighter now. He’s going to learn and know that knockouts come on their own. You can’t knock everyone out,” Robles said. “He pretty much had to survive after he knocked down Klitschko, had to survive the rest of the round because he just punched himself out and then you saw what Klitschko did the following round, dropped Anthony Joshua. I was just hoping and praying, ‘hold on, hold on,’ just hold out for a couple more rounds to allow him to get his second wind and get his legs back under him and he definitely did and  you saw what he did in that 11th round,” he said. “The moment he started going to the body that’s what changed the whole deal. After the sixth round he started going to the body and everything changed. If he would have gone to the body sooner I think he would have stopped him even sooner.”

Breazeale went seven rounds with Joshua and therefore Robles believes his man is ready for anybody else. He revealed what they want to challenge WBO heavyweight titlist, Joseph Parker next. “One thing you can’t question about Dominic Breazeale is his heart. That’s one thing nobody can question. I have a great deal of respect for Anthony Joshua. I believe he’s the best super-heavyweight fighter in the world and guess what we already fought the best in Joshua. So after that we can go ahead and take on anybody and give anybody a run for their money. I know that Dominic called out Joseph Parker, WBO heavyweight champion out of New Zealand,” Manny said. “That’s another fighter that’s not afraid to go anywhere in Dominic, we already went to the O2 arena in London which is fantastic. You guys are the best fans in the world. That was electrifying. I knew that Dominic wouldn’t have a problem flying to New Zealand to fight Joseph Parker.”

He suggested Breazeale’s last opponent, Izuagbe Ugonoh “has the same style to Joseph Parker and the same trainer. So fighting Joseph Parker is like fighting the same guy all over again and Dominic knocked him out. So let’s do it again.”