Local boxer Charles Whittaker is very appreciative of the public support he received through a recent fundraiser.
‘I would like to thank all the people who called on the [HOT 104.1 FM] radio show. I thank all my sponsors and everyone who came to the cook-out and showed their support. It meant a lot to me,’ Whittaker said.
The fundraiser, held on 15 July, collected over CI$1600. The funding will be used in aid of Whittaker’s upcoming fight to defend his WBC (World Boxing Council) title. The fight is scheduled for 12 August against Oscar Gonzalez and is set to be held here in Cayman.
‘Against Oscar Gonzalez, I will be making my first defence of my Caribbean Junior Middleweight title. Over the last 3 years I have won a belt. If there is a huge crowd for this fight, I will look to fight for another title right here in Cayman,’ Whittaker said.
According to Whittaker, he feels ready for the fight in spite of the cumulative load he bears from his involvement in all areas of fight preparation.
‘I think I’m prepared. I have been in constant training. Would I have like to have had more training? Absolutely. But there are a lot of hats I’m wearing at once. The weight of each fight is all on my shoulders.
‘In the end it’s my dream and I have to work on it. I would like to think I’m paving the way for Cayman’s youth. When it’s time to stop, God will let me know.’
Whittaker went on to discuss the importance of fighting Gonzalez at this time.
‘In the WBC rankings you have to step in and maintain a winning pace. In order to move up the rankings, you have to win smaller belts. By defending a belt, I can move up the rankings faster.
‘Not everyone can fight for these belts. You have to have a certain position within the rankings. I consider these fights to be stepping stones towards bigger fights. I go into fights [like these] giving them great importance.’
Whittaker is currently ranked 23rd in the WBC Super Welterweight Division. Whittaker is in the same weight division as US boxing greats Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas.
Whittaker also took time to comment on his boxing future.
‘I’ll have my day in the sun. On that day, people around the world will stop and say, ‘Wow, he’s made it. He’s finally become a world champion.’
‘I have my faith in God. I believe He will take me to where I need to go. God is my foundation and He will make a way for me.’