Dillian Whyte is looking to work his way back up to the top of the heavyweight division following a knockout loss at the hands of Tyson Fury back in April.
Ahead of his return, Whyte took to Instagram to announce a big change of team – namely, Hall of Fame fighter turned trainer, Buddy McGirt. He has trained the likes of Arturo Gatti and Hasim Rahman, and currently works with former champion, Callum Smith.
McGirt takes corner duties away from Harold Knight and Xavier Miller, who trained Whyte together for his victorious rematch against Alexander Povetkin and unsuccessful attempt at a world title against Fury.
When announcing the change on Instagram, ‘The Bodysnatcher’ said that he was already learning on day one and was ready to ‘level up.’
The split with Knight and Miller follows a 6th round stoppage loss to Fury in Wembley – a fight which Whyte had campaigned for for years. Having come up short against Fury, he will be looking to climb his way back towards another title shot, and there are plenty of interesting match ups to be made on the way there.
For a while, it was unclear who would be promoting the Brixton fighter’s comeback to the ring. He’s previously worked with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom on a fight-by-fight basis, and there was talk of moving to BOXXER and Sky Sports for the future.
Hearn has now spoken to Boxing Social about the heavyweight’s return, confirming that Matchroom will take the reigns and discussing potential opponents for the targeted November 26 date at Wembley Arena.
“Similar to the kind of opponents he was going to fight before Tyson Fury. Otto Wallin, Jermaine Franklin, even Demsey McKean – he’s got a fight coming up in Australia. Chris Arreola, you know, those kind of levels. I think he’s got to come back in a real fight. Teamed up with Buddy McGirt now and we’ll be working to try and get Dillian’s fight up and running in the next few days.”
With the date not far away and a fresh training camp officially started, fans shouldn’t have to wait long to find out more details about Whyte’s return to a stacked heavyweight division.