Hedgemon Robertson was a pretty good welterweight who came into this fight with Mark Breeland with a record of 21 – 5 – 1 with 19 KO’s in his 21 wins….so, he provided very good competition for the future welterweight champions.
Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963) is an American former world champion boxer….who as an amateur won five New York Golden Gloves titles….and a gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles 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.
Breland turned professional in 1984….and in 1987, won the vacant WBA welterweight title….which he lost in his first defense to Marlon Starling….only to win another vacant WBA welterweight title in 1989….after which 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)….and is currently a boxing trainer….having trained Vernon Forrest and current WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder among other notable boxers.