Dillian Whyte appoints Buddy McGirt as new coach and relocates to California

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Dillian Whyte links up with Arturo Gatti’s coach Buddy McGirt and relocates to California two years after leaving the UK for Portugal… claiming he is ready to ‘step up’ and fight Anthony Joshua if his showdown with Tyson Fury is really off

  • Dillian Whyte has not returned to the ring since losing to Tyson Fury on April 23
  • He has appointed Buddy McGirt as his new coach after losing to the Gypsy King
  • Whyte is also out training in California compared to his usual location, Portugal
  • The Body Snatcher said he will ‘step up’ and fight Anthony Joshua in December 

Dillian Whyte has appointed a new coach and relocated to the United States following his devastating defeat to Tyson Fury on April 23.

Whyte was handed a world title shot against the WBC heavyweight champion earlier this year but suffered a TKO in the sixth round at Wembley Stadium. 

Whyte parted ways with Xavier Miller and Harold Knight shortly after the fight and has now relocated to California to train under American coach Buddy McGirt.

Dillian Whyte has changed up his coaching team once again and relocated to the United States

Dillian Whyte has changed up his coaching team once again and relocated to the United States

He took part in his first training session under new coach Buddy McGirt on Thursday (above)

He took part in his first training session under new coach Buddy McGirt on Thursday (above)

The Body Snatcher split up with his long-time coach, Mark Tibbs, in 2020 before his world title clash with Fury.

He joined forces with Miller and Knight in the build-up to the fight and completed his training camp in Portugal. 

However, Whyte has now moved to America to train under the guidance of McGirt ahead of his comeback fight later this year.

Speaking about his new coach, Whyte told Boxing247: ‘Buddy had been a two-time world champion, he fought a lot of good guys and he has been in the corner of a lot of top guys as well.

Whyte faced Fury in a world title clash but suffered a TKO in the sixth round at Wembley

Whyte faced Fury in a world title clash but suffered a TKO in the sixth round at Wembley

Whyte split up with his long-time coach, Mark Tibbs, in 2020 before his world title clash

Whyte split up with his long-time coach, Mark Tibbs, in 2020 before his world title clash

‘He’s been around, had years and rounds of world title experience and I think that’s what I need at this stage in my career, somebody who can make little tweaks and has a bit more experience in big fights.’ 

McGirt is a former professional boxer who fought from 1982-1997. He was a world champion in two different weight divisions. 

McGirt overcame Frankie Warren to win the IBF light welterweight title in 1988 and beat Simon Brown in Las Vegas in November 1991 to win the Lineal and WBC welterweight titles. 

The American retired from boxing in 1997 with a 73-6-1 record with 48 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a result of his impressive record and storied career.

Whyte (L) joined forces with Xavier Miller (R) and Harold Knight in the build-up to his fight with Fury and completed his training camp in Portugal but split with his team following the defeat

Whyte (L) joined forces with Xavier Miller (R) and Harold Knight in the build-up to his fight with Fury and completed his training camp in Portugal but split with his team following the defeat

McGirt (right) retired from boxing in 1997 and went on to train the likes of Derek Chisora (left)

McGirt (right) retired from boxing in 1997 and went on to train the likes of Derek Chisora (left) 

McGirt began coaching soon after his retirement and worked with several talented youngsters including Arturo Gatti, Antonio Tarver, Hasim Rahman, Paulie Malignaggi, and Sergey Kovalev. 

Having help those athletes become world champions, McGirt was named Trainer of the Year in 2002 and went on to train the likes of Derek Chisora. 

McGirt will now be looking to use his expertise to guide Whyte back to the top of the heavyweight scene. 

With McGirt in his camp, Whyte has said he is ready to ‘step up’ and fight Anthony Joshua in December if his Battle of Britain clash with Fury doesn’t happen.

Fury claims he has moved on from a mega fight with AJ after his failure to return his contract

Joshua is reeling from two straight defeats but said he was eager to face the Gypsy King in December this year

Anthony Joshua (right) and Fury’s (left) clash is hanging by the thread. Whyte has said he is happy to ‘step up’ and fight AJ if the battle of Britain fight falls through  

Whyte will be looking to get his revenge on AJ after losing to him in December 2015 (above)

Whyte will be looking to get his revenge on AJ after losing to him in December 2015 (above)

The Body Snatcher will be looking to get his revenge on Joshua after losing to him on December 12 in 2015.

Joshua emerged victorious from their fight at the O2 Arena after winning by technical knockout (TKO).

Speaking about a potential fight with AJ, Whyte said: ‘If the Fury fight doesn’t get made with him and Joshua, me and Joshua can fight in December if he wants. 

‘He’s training for it, he’s ready for it, he’s willing to take on Fury so if that fight doesn’t get made I’ll step up and take the fight with Joshua.’ 

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