Charles Whittaker thrilled a capacity crowd at the Lions Center four months ago when he knocked out American Billy Lyell to win the NBA Jr. Middleweight belt. Those who were there are unlikely to ever forget the emotional power of that historic moment when Whittaker become the first Caymanian to become a world champion. Those who missed that special night well get another chance to see Cayman’s greatest-ever boxer in action at home as Whittaker will fight again on 21 April at the Lions Center. Local sports fans won’t want to miss this bout as it may be the last home fight of Whittaker’s career.
Whittaker is slated to face Emmitt Linton. They will vie for the vacant NABO Junior Middle Weight Belt. Linton’s record is 20 wins, 1 loss and 16 knockouts. He is the current IBA Junior Middleweight Champion.
‘I am expecting one of the toughest fights of my career,’ the Cayman champ said.
Whittaker says the success of winning his NBA belt has not robbed him of his hunger and he promises fans that there is plenty more in the tank.
‘My last fight definitely made me realize that dreams do come true, even for someone like me; a little boy from West Bay, who had a dream of becoming a world champion, pursued that dream and now it is reality,’ said Whittaker. ‘I am still hungry as I have not made those millions as yet! I am hungry and determined more than ever to continue in my endeavor to achieve higher success. The fights will be getting harder and more competitive as time progresses; therefore my level of training will have to be more intensified.’
For this fight Whittker will defend his current NBA World Title and fight for the vacant NABO (North American Boxing Organization) Junior Middleweight Title. He is open about his new role as the defender of a major belt.
‘It is always harder to defend a belt as everyone wants the belt that you are holding, therefore the competition becomes not only challenging, but also aggressive and this makes the Championship Title very difficult to maintain.’
Whittaker says this will be the last time that he will fight in the Cayman Islands. Trying to fight and promote an event is too much work, he says.
‘I regret that I have to make this decision,’ he said. ‘But I would like to invite everyone to be a part of my last victory at home. As the saying goes ‘home is where the heart is’. Mine certainly lies with the beautiful shores of the Cayman Islands. This made the decision even more difficult. But if the right circumstances presents itself and changes occur, it will always be a pleasure to fight at home.
‘Once again, thanks to each and everyone who has supported me and observe my advancement over the years. I look forward to seeing you on night of Saturday, April 21st.. Please come out to show your support and share in another historical event in the Cayman Islands.’