Dillian Whyte to Begin New Campaign Alongside Trainer Buddy McGirt
At the present moment, heavyweight contender Dillian “The Body Snatcher Whyte (28-3, 19 KO’s) finds himself in somewhat of a professional slump. After obtaining revenge by knockout over Alexander Povetkin in an immediate rematch, Whyte was stopped by WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. There is no great shame in losing to Fury, but the stop-go-stop nature of his career is not what The Body Snatcher is looking for. Realizing that he needed some form of change, Whyte has gone and secured James “Buddy” McGirt as his new chief second.
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At the age of 35, it will be interesting to see what this union does for Whyte. To his credit, he has only lost to the aforementioned Fury and Povetkin, as well as two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. There is no reason to hang his head low. Whyte certainly gave Joshua all he could handle and even badly hurt him before succumbing to a knockout loss himself. Said to say, The Body Snatcher remains a serious threat in the division. So, perhaps McGirt may turn out to be a key missing element in Whyte’s overall success in the division.
McGirt has trained fighters such as Paul Malignaggi, Hasim Rahman, Arturo Gatti, Sergey Kovalev, James Toney and Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. Well back in 2002, McGirt was named Trainer of the Year by Boxing Writers of America. Buoyed by this impressive ledger of fighters, there is no doubt that McGirt is a quality trainer. But will he and Whyte, ranked #7 (WBC) and #11 (IBF), make any real noise as a unit? Only time will tell. Luckily 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the outcome whether good, bad or abysmal!
By: Bakari Simpson