Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker will step back into the ring in Grand Cayman after a frustrating period when a number of planned fights fell through.
The WBO NABO light-middleweight champion hasn’t fought since August and his four month limit to make a mandatory defense of his title has long expired.
‘The WBO pressed me to set a date for my next title defense and I’ve finally got an opponent and venue,’ said Whittaker. ‘It’s Larry Sharpe at the Lions Centre on 15 March. I don’t know anything about him, I just want to get him out of the way to set up my next fight.’
Whittaker, 34, was expecting a world title shot in November. When that fell through he signed for ESPN TV shows first in January and then February but both bouts fell by the wayside. Whittaker 29-12 (17 KOs) hopes that this is the year he finally gets a world title shot after numerous near misses.
He is just happy to be fighting on home soil again after all the stops and starts which have affected his training regime. Canadian Sharpe, 33, lives in Pine Falls, Manitoba and has a decent record of 19 wins (8 KOs) against four losses.
Whittaker returned to Cayman from his training base in Hollywood, Florida yesterday and will take time out from preparations this weekend to watch the Roy Jones Jr-Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad bout from Madison Square Garden.
Most boxing fans wanting to watch it on big screen will be congregated as usual at Jillian’s Sports Bar, underneath World Gym and the Matrix nightclub on Saturday night. Jones is the heavy favourite as Trinidad has never fought at the catch weight limit of 170lbs. ‘I think Jones could knock him out,’ Killa said.