Buddy McGirt Bio: He is an American former professional boxer who has worked as a boxing trainer from 1982 to 1997 and.
He was a world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF junior welterweight title in 1988, and the WBC and lineal welterweight titles from 1991 to 1993.
Buddy McGirt Bio
|Wiki / Biography|
|Birth Date||17 January 1964|
|Birth Place||Brentwood, New York, United States|
|Trained||Maxim Dadashev, Arturo Gatti, Antonio Tarver|
|Children||A son and two daughters ( James McGirt Jr. )|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
He was born on 17 January 1964 in Brentwood, New York, United States. 55 years old McGirt is the trainer of Maxim Dadashev who died on July 23 after sustaining brain injuries from a fight.
Buddy was a scrappy, talented fighter who had an outstanding career in the ring.
In the beginning, McGirt was the world’s top-ranked 147-pound boxer, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world; but in the first week starting off the year he tore up his left shoulder while training.
Without his money punch, the left hook, he had to box virtually one-handed for a total of 24 rounds in two championship fights.
He won the first fight, but he lost his title in the second. McGirt lost the title to Pernell Whitaker in 1993. The following year, he again lost to Whitaker in an attempt to regain the title.
Buddy was trained and managed by Al Certo and Stuart Weiner. McGirt and some of the fighters he trained are documented in the book “Bring it to the Ring: A Boxing Yearbook and Inspirational Message to Today’s Youths.” The book was published in 2005.
Buddy was interviewed in 2018 by Darren Carter on the “Pocket Party Podcast” that is available on Itunes, YouTube, Stitcher, and Anchor.
McGirt also began training Sergey Kovalev for his rematch against Eleider Alvarez and led him to a Unanimous Decision Win with 116-112 on 2 cards and 120-108 on the 3rd.
Buddy McGirt Wife, Children, Personal Life
He is married to his wife known as Gina. They have three children together; a son and two daughters.
McGirt has a son known as James McGirt Jr. who is also a professional boxer of the super middleweight division. His current record is 21 wins 2 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest, with 10 knockouts.
Buddy McGirt and Maxim Dadashev
Buddy McGirt was the trainer of Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev who died on July 13, after he suffered brain injuries during a 140-pound world title elimination fight with Subriel Matias at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on July 19, 2019.
Matias dominated the fight with Maxim receiving a lot of blows which lead to McGirt asking Maxim to stop the fight. Maxim refused which lead to McGirt asking the referee to stop the fight after the 11th round.
“I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much… Please, Max, please. Let me do this. OK? OK? Look at me. Please… If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.”
This is a mark of a great trainer, one that knows his warrior at war 🥊 a trainer has to love his fighter enough to make a crucial call sometimes saving him from his very self. Great call Buddy @buddymcgirtboxing prayers up for this young warrior #speedyrecovery #toughsport 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/cKljvTKOgt
— The Magic Man 🎩 (@AntonioTarver) July 20, 2019
After the fight, McGrit said that he thought of stopping the fight during the 9th round but he knew he had to stop it after the 11th round after he saw Maxim was fading.
“I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner [after the 11th round], my mind was already made up. I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.”
🗣️"God forbid… one punch as you know can change a whole guy's life and I wasn't going to let that happen– so, I'd rather have them be mad at me for a day or two then to be mad at me for the rest of their life." 🙏
-Buddy McGirt on stopping the fight for Maxim Dadashev. pic.twitter.com/RINM4D83ZZ
— Jorge Hernández (@JorgeDeBurque) July 20, 2019
Maxim was taken to hospital after he collapsed and voted as he was being taken off the ring. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and an operation had to be performed on him to try to relieve pressure on the brain. He was then placed in a medical induced coma but later died on July 23.
McGirt told ESPN; “It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man. He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing.
My mind is like really running crazy, right now. Like what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine (in training). He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.
I saw him fading and when he came back to the corner (after the 11th round), my mind was already made up. I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.”