McGirt Jr Returns to New York on May 2
Unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (14-0, 8 KOs), along with his father/trainer James “Buddy” McGirt in his corner, returns home to his family roots in Brentwood (NY) for a May 2nd fight on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” card at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City.
McGirt (14-0, 8 KOs), a 24-year-old southpaw, faces Brad Austin (8-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round fight. James is coming off of an impressive fourth-round TKO of middleweight Anthony Little (7-5) on February 17 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. After that bout Team McGirt announced that James would be campaigning exclusively as a super middleweight.
The McGirts were born and raised in Brentwood but now live and train in Vero Beach, Florida. It’s a homecoming for James or “Buddy,” two-time world champion, anytime either has or works a fight in the Big Apple.
“I love just being in New York City,” James said. “I’m coming home, following in my father’s footsteps. My last two fights were there, too. I fought a tough guy in February and I got pissed off when I got cut (over the eye). I started going to his body and took his mind. I worked the right hook, straight left. I was really happy to show the crowd what I can do. Being from New York, we know so many people who call asking me for tickets. I’m just happy to be fighting as a super middleweight and not having to kill myself to take off the last 2-3 pounds (to make middleweight) anymore.”
The elder McGirt was a feared body puncher and he’s passed that invaluable skill on to his son. “I loved it when James started going downstairs on that guy,” Buddy noted. “James is 6-3 and two years ago, when he fought a kid (Freeman Taft) in Las Vegas, James just broke him down, his body punches were killing him (TKO4). You know, it took (17-0 welterweight Andre) Berto six rounds to stop Little (2005) and only four for James.”
The May 2nd bout will be McGirt’s last before becoming a 10-round fighter. Team McGirt—promoter Lou DiBella, manager Dennis Witherow and “Buddy”—has carefully and patiently moved James.
“Since signing with Lou we’ve been getting really good opportunities,” Dennis remarked. “We’re not in a hurry. As James grows, we grow as a team. I think signing with DiBella Entertainment was the right move and it’s paying off for us. James is coming on. Although he’s still young, James is one of the best boxers - pure boxing ability - in the game.”
Having cracked the ratings at No. 36 in the World Boxing Council, James McGirt, Jr. is gradually establishing his own identity, as well as making a statement about returning home to all of his family, friends, and fans in New York City.
KO Corner News • Promoters • Lou DiBella • Weight Classes • Super Middleweight • Buddy McGirt Jr