Former world title challenger Dillian Whyte has opened up about switching trainers to Buddy McGirt ahead of his first fight since his knockout loss to Tyson Fury in April.
Many fans commented how Whyte didn’t look like his usual self against Fury, for a man known to bring the ‘violence’ he seemed subdued on the night.
In an interview for Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, Whyte spoke about the change of trainer to McGirt and how big fight experience had been lacking from his previous team.
“I feel like I’m learning and I’m working on things that I need to work on. Not that Xav [Xavier Miller] didn’t but it’s just a bit more of finer details and someone who’s more experienced in the big world championship fights which is what was missing from my last team.”
“It’s a good move. Sometimes in life you make the right decisions at the right time and I think for me with Buddy this is it.”
McGirt is a hall of fame fighter as well as a well-renowned coach, having trained names like Arturo Gatti and Hasim Rahman. He also trains British light heavyweight contender Callum Smith.
Whyte split from Mark Tibbs after his sensational knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin in August 2020 before pairing up with Xavier miller and Harold Knight, who were in his corner for the rematch win over Povetkin in Gibraltar in March 2021 and the Fury fight.
‘The Bodysnatcher’ returns to action on 26th November against Jermaine Franklin at Wembley Arena after coming up short in his first world title challenge at the national stadium down the road.
The winner of the fight is likely to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent. Whyte and Joshua have a long rivalry dating back to their amateur days where the man from Brixton floored and beat AJ, before the Olympic gold medalist came out on top in their fight in the pro ranks, stopping Whyte for the British title back in 2015.