Dillian Whyte Makes A Significant Move Within His Camp
The next few months are crucial for interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte. With eyes on WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, Whyte will be without someone who has helped him the past four years.
Whyte (27-1) announced on social media that he is no longer working with head trainer Mark Tibbs. The two have been together for the past three+ years and Whyte became the number one mandatory challenger for the WBC title in 2017 as a result of their relationship. It appears that the split is amicable.
“Just to let everyone know Mark Tibbs and I are no longer working together as boxer and trainer,” Whyte stated on Instagram. “I’m training in Portugal, Mark has a young family, and his own new gym in the UK. As it stands it just hasn’t worked out in the way we both hoped it would.
“Mark came into my team 4 years ago and has helped me turn into the world class fighter I am today. Mark is a great trainer and I will always be grateful to him and his dad for all they have done.”
A British Heavyweight Champion, Whyte lost to then-WBC International and Commonwealth Champion Anthony Joshua in 2015, ending his undefeated streak. He has since gone 11-0, a majority of those wins a result of working with Tibbs. Fighters he has beaten include Dereck Chisora, Robert Helenius, Joseph Parker, and Oscar Rivas. The latter fighter Whyte beat to become interim champion.
Whyte is preparing to defend his title against Alexander Povetkin. Originally set to fight in May, the two will face off in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22. If he were to win, Whyte will be waiting to face the winner of Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder, who will be competing in a trilogy bout before the end of the year.