The fight is on!

While the fans who saw Charles Whittaker’s last fight probably need no encouragement, the pro boxer hopes to lure some newcomers to see him in action 24 February when he takes on Costa Rican Humberto Aranda here in Cayman.

Charles Whittaker

Charles Whittaker Photo: Guy P. Harrison

‘I’m going to settle an old score,’ said Whittaker. ‘I fought him once before and lost. It was my fourth pro fight. He was a lot more experienced than I was then. He had a huge amateur career behind him. It’s different now, though.’

Whittaker says the memory of that 1994 bout is all the motivation he needs to get up for this one. ‘Of my losses, that’s the one that still itches me,’ he said. ‘I want to fight him again. I have to be ready. I look at it like this: If I’m as good as I think I am then I should be able to beat him.’

Whittaker’s return engagement with Aranda is the highlight of what organizers promise will be a full evening of entertaining boxing. Included on the five-fight card is a women’s bout that may turn out to be one of the highlights. ‘The women are light-flyweights and are good. They will be very exciting to watch,’ said Whittaker.

If all goes well for Cayman’s best boxer ever, Whittaker will get the win over Aranda and then work to put together one more home fight. After that, he hopes to be able to entice a top-ten contender to fight him in Cayman. This, he hopes, will position him for a big-time title shot.

Whittaker is grateful for renewed support from government. He says he is now paid CI$40,000 per year by government for services as a ‘pro-social agent’. The boxer says this brings him even with what the Cayman Islands government currently pays track and field athletes Kareem Streete-Thompson and Cydonie Mothersill.

‘I’m very thankful to government and to the people who pushed for me. The money helps a lot. It allows me to be able to train full time. The sports minister [Alden McLaughlin] says that government will give financial support to my next fight as well.’

Most of all, Whittaker is grateful to family members, friends and all those strangers in the street who are willing to believe in his dream along with him.

‘I appreciate my fans so much. Almost every day some old man will come up to me, hug me, and wish me well. It means so much. I promise to put on a fantastic performance for my people on February 24th.’

boxing. Included on the five-fight card is a women’s bout may turn out to be one of the highlights. ‘The women are light flyweights and are good. They will be very exciting to watch,’ said Whittaker.

If all goes well for Cayman’s best boxer ever, he will get the win over Aranda and then work to put together one more home fight. Then, he hopes to be able to entice a top-ten contender to fight him in Cayman.

Whittaker is grateful for the renewed support from government. He says he is now paid CI$40,000 per year for services as a ‘pro-social agent’. The boxer says this brings him even with what the Cayman Islands government currently pays track athletes Kareem Streete-Thompson and Cydonie Mothersill.

‘I’m very thankful to government and to the people who pushed for me. The money helps a lot. It allows me to be able to train full time. The sports minister -sss Alden McLaughlin ss says that government will give financial support to my next fight as well.’

Most of all, Whittaker is grateful to the family, friends and strangers in the street who are willing to believe in his dream along with him.

‘I appreciate my fans so much. Almost every day some old man will come up to me, hug me, and wish me well. It means so much. I promise to put on a fantastic performance for my people on February 24th.’

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