James (Buddy) McGirt

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Buddy McGirt

Name: James McGirt
Alias: Buddy
Birth Name: James Walter McGirt
Born: 1964-01-17
Birthplace: Brentwood, New York, USA
Hometown: Brentwood, New York, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 6½″   /   169cm
Reach: 70″   /   178cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager and Trainer: Al Certo

World Titles

  • IBF Jr. Welterweight Champion (1988)
  • WBC Welterweight Champion (1991-93)

Regional and Minor Titles

  • WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Champion (1985-87)
  • IBC Jr. Middleweight Title (1995)

Since his retirement, McGirt has become a highly regarded trainer. Among those that he has trained are Antonio Tarver and Arturo Gatti. He won the Boxing Writers' Association of America Trainer of the Year Award for 2002.

His son, James McGirt Jr., is also a professional boxer.

Preceded by:
Terry Marsh
IBF Light Welterweight Champion
14 February 1988 – 3 September 1988
Succeeded by:
Meldrick Taylor
Preceded by:
Simon Brown
WBC Welterweight Champion
29 November 1991– 6 March 1993
Succeeded by:
Pernell Whitaker