Dillian Whyte has confirmed Xavier Miller will be his new trainer for the Alexander Povetkin fight on August 22.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ announced earlier last month that he’s parted ways with long-time coach Mark Tibbs, though there was initially no confirmation of his replacement.
The pair have been training out in Portugal
Miller has previously worked closely with Derek Chisora’s camp under Don Charles, including for the rematch against Whyte in 2018.
For the past year, he’s been a part of Dillian’s team and was in the corner for his late-notice win over Mariusz Wach on the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua II undercard last December.
Whyte told The Fight Is Right: “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.
Whyte has parted company with Tibbs after four years working together
“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.
“He’s still inexeperienced at the level that I’m at with me, 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.”
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Regarding the step up to the big stage, Miller told Seconds Out: “I’ve been well schooled and well prepped for whatever anyone wants to throw at me.
“I’ve been in big fights, the Chisora vs Carlos Takam fight was as big as they come. You can’t faze me with these things.
“In the corner, I’m focussed, I have a set routine how I do things in the corner and this fight will be no different.
“Dillian is working with me because he knows what I can do. He respects my knowledge and my commitment and he knows I know exactly what I’m doing.
Whyte had Miller (second left) as part of his team last December
“The good thing here is I’ve been in the corner with Dillian already when we flew out to Saudi. 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 natural progression, everything’s just comfortable here.
“Dillian’s in a very, very good place, expect a good performance.”