Dillian Whyte splits with Mark Tibbs
Dillian Whyte (27-1-1, 18 KOs) is currently in Portugal preparing for his upcoming fight against Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs). Their bout is on schedule to happen on August 22 at Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters in Brentwood, Essex.
However, the current WBC “Interim” World Heavyweight champ will head into his title defense against Povetkin without a key cog of his team, who has been a mainstay in his camp.
During a July 8 post on Twitter, the fighter known as “The Body Snatcher” announced he is splitting with his trainer for the last four years, Mark Tibbs.
The 32-year-old said in a letter that the split was amicable and the two continue to be on good terms. Whyte has yet to disclose who will replace Tibbs as his lead trainer.
This can’t be good timing given the closeness of his fight against Povetkin. It will be interesting who will be brought in to help prepare the fighter from the Brixton section of London. How will he deal with a new voice in his ear and how long will it take to implement a blueprint to defeat the 40-year-old Russian vet who is still quite dangerous?
On the verge of what he hopes is his long-overdue crack at the WBC World Heavyweight title, Whyte can in no way afford to lose.
Is this a wise move? We will not know for sure until August 22. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further news on this surprising development.
By: Michael Wilson