WBC Interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18KOs) made the shock announcement that he has split amicably from long-term trainer Mark Tibbs on his social media platforms on July 8, stating, "Just to let everyone know Mark Tibbs and I are no longer working together as boxer and trainer.
"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 four 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."
'The Body Snatcher' Dillian Whyte is preparing to face Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1) on August 22, behind closd doors, live on Sky Sports Box Office, in a maiden defence of his World Boxing Council interim title that he claimed with a unaninous decision victory over Oscar Rivas (26-0) in July 2019. His 29th opponent is a Russian former world champion, who held the WBA World title for two years between 2011-2013.
BBBofC licensed professional boxing coach, Mark Tibbs, also trains unbeaten Bromley middleweight James Hawley (6-0), Southern Area light heavyweight title contender Charlie Duffield (7-2, 6KOs), and WBO European flyweight champ Harvey Horn (8-0, 2KOs).
From West Ham in London, Tibbs was a standout amateur boxer, winning 80 from 86 bouts and representing England. As a pro, he won 22 from 25 fights during 1988 to 1994.
News of Whyte's new trainer and team has yet to be announced.