DEONTAY WILDER has revealed he was “willing to die in the ring” and admitted he may axe trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel against Tyson Fury.
The American was dropped twice by the Gypsy King before his corner threw in the towel in round seven as his five-year reign as WBC champ came to an abrupt end.
Wilder has since blamed the 40lb costume he wore to the ring for weakening his legs in the clash.
But the star, who has frequently said in the past he wants a body on his record before he retires, insists he had told his corner on several occasions previously that they should never stop a fight.
And even though he still holds Breland in high regard, Wilder revealed he could be axed.
Speaking to Yahoo Sports, the 34-year-old said: “I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional.
“It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened.
“I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield.
“If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind.
“I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
He continued: “I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”