Whittaker plans to fight at home

Cayman’s own boxing hero – Charles Whittaker – is set for a title fight here in September.

Whittaker is due to fight for the Intercontinental Junior Middleweight title at Kings Sports Centre.

And, he told the Caymanian Compass, his probable opponent for the 17 September clash is Joshua Smith from the United States.

Whittaker has an impressive record of 25 wins – including 16 knockouts – and will be topping a five bout card.

Most of his fights have been abroad but he did box here last September.

Whittaker, IBO and WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion, is ranked 31 in the world.

‘This is an important fight for me. Winning it will move me up in the rankings,’ he says. But as well as setting his sights on titles, Whittaker has another goal in mind.

He says he is keen to try and put something back into the sport that has given him so much.

And the 31-year-old from West Bay wants to spend more time in his home country and do all he can to encourage boxing here.

‘I want to get boxing going again here. I want to get the kids off the street and into the sport and to carry on the legacy,’ says Whittaker.

‘I know I can make a difference,’ he says.

‘I want to try and bring boxing here on a bigger scale,’ he says.

‘And I would like to bring a TV date for boxing here next year,’ he adds.

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