Dillian Whyte is a British heavyweight boxer. He started his professional career in 2011 and became a household name. But, he first came to notice in 2009 as an amateur fighter. In his first amateur fight, he beat Anthony Joshua. As boxing fans know, Joshua is an Olympic gold medalist boxer. So winning against Joshua in his first amateur bout proves the enormous talent that Whyte really is!
Whyte has accumulated a professional boxing record of 27-3-1 in his 31 fights. Throughout the course of his career, Dillian has held the WBC interim heavyweight title, WBC silver heavyweight title, and many other championships. He has also beaten fighters like Derek Chisora and Alexander Povetkin. His only 3 career pro losses came against Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Alexander Povetkin.
Nicknamed “The Body Snatcher,” Dillian Whyte will fight Jermaine Franklin on November 26th inside the OVO Arena in London. So who is Dillian working with ahead of his fight against Jermaine? Let’s find out!
Dillian Whyte appoints Buddy McGirt as his new coach
Dillian Whyte lost his fight against Tyson Fury on April 23rd, 2022. Not only did he lose the fight, but Tyson also humiliated him for 5 rounds and knocked him out in the 6th round for the WBC and The Ring heavyweight belts. For that particular fight, Dillian was working with his former head coach Xavier Miller.
Miller joined Dillian ahead of his 2019 bout against Oscar Rivas. Under Miller, Whyte had a record of 2-2. As a result, Whyte wanted to change up his coaching setup before the Jermaine Franklin fight. Hence, he appointed Buddy McGirt to serve as his head coach going forward. Whyte was really happy with the appointment and spoke about McGirt’s experience at the elite level.
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“Buddy has been a two-time world champion, he fought a lot of good guys and has been in the corner of a lot of top guys as well. He’s been around, had years and rounds of world title experience and I think that’s why I need at this stage in my career, somebody who can make little tweaks and has a bit more experience in big fights.” (h/t via The Mirror)
Aside from Xavier Miller and Buddy McGirt, Dillian also worked with Harold Knight as well. Harold served as the coach for boxing legend Lennox Lewis previously.
Who is Buddy McGirt?
Although Buddy McGirt has developed a huge reputation as a coach, he was a professional boxer himself! As a boxer, Buddy held a record of 73-6-1 in his 80 professional fights! His professional boxing career started in 1982 and he primarily competed in the welterweight and middleweight divisions. Among other titles, McGirt held the IBF welterweight belt.
McGirt ended his career in 1997 when he lost to Darren Maciunski. But the second chapter of his boxing career started as a coach soon afterward. Buddy McGirt managed to coach many famous boxers to their world championship glory. Sergey Kovalev, Antonio Tarver, Arturo Gatti, and Pauli Malignaggi are some of his most famous students. So Dillian Whyte is certainly in good hands to turn his career around.