Date: 6th February 1987
Venue: Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Title: vacant WBC World Welterweight Title
Promoted by: Main Events
( 16 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 146 lbs
( 39 - 4 - 2 )
Weight: 146 1/2 lbs
Breland, the 1984 Olympic games gold medalist at welterweight, had run up a 16-0, 10 Ko's record by the time he challenged veteran Harold Volbrecht (39-4-2) for the vacant WBA world welterweight title at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City.
South African, Volbrecht had lost in a previous attempt to win the WBA crown when he faced Mexican Pipino Cuevas in Houston, Texas in April 1980. Cuevas, a prolific knockout artist, knocked out the challenger in 5 rounds.
Breland used his advantages in height, reach, and speed to take every one of the completed 6 rounds before three right hands in the 7th put the challenger down and out. Volbrecht did land some good shots after a slow start especially in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds, but never enough to win the round.
Breland would lose the title in a huge upset when he made his first defence against Marlon Starling six months later.