DILLIAN WHYTE has confirmed he has replaced trainer Mark Tibbs with Xavier Miller.
The Body Snatcher revealed at the start of July that he had parted company with the highly-respected British trainer on good terms, as his new Portuguese training camp did not fit in with Tibbs having a young family in the UK.
But Tibbs, who was also coaching some of Whyte’s growing management stable, denied the explanation and claimed he had been ruthlessly axed through a lawyer’s letter.
And, with the August 22 clash with Alexander Povetkin rapidly approaching, Whyte has confirmed that he has promoted little-known Miller to lead his latest charge.
Whyte said about his new mentor: “He’s a hard worker. He’s studied the game.
“He’s the kind of guy that, we record my sparring, he sends it to me and talks over the video. And he watches my old sparring back from years ago.
“He’s always watching. Even when he’s training or at the gym doing cardio. He’s watching sparring or he’s watching fights.
“He travelled to America and learned. He’s been in corners, been in gyms and watched great spars.
“What I like about Xav is he’s built fighters from the amateurs to English title, almost British title level.
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“He’s still inexeperienced at the level that I’m at but he’s been in other corners…
“He’s been here with me throughout the whole of his lockdown. Left his family and he’s been here. What more can I ask for? The man’s working.”
Miller has been quietly running Whyte’s Portugal camp and all his instructions will be clear to hear at the fan-free show in Eddie Hearn’s silent garden.
But, after almost a year in his corner, he expects to see a new and improved version of the fans’ favourite.
Miller said: “The good thing here is I’ve been in the corner with Dillian already when we flew out to Saudi in December.
“It’s not like he’s breaking camp and starting again with a whole new team.
“I think I’ve been training Dillian for just over a year. Last summer we did a lot of work. I welcomed Mark to come down and train Dillian at my gym.
“Then we trained at the Monster Gym and we were just doing bits and pieces together.
“It was great so this is a natural transition, this is a natural progression, everything’s just comfortable here.
“Dillian’s in a very, very good place, expect a good performance.”