Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker’s see-saw career has taken another twist.
He fights at the Lions Centre on 8 March but it won’t be his original opponent, Larry Sharpe who pulled out with injury. Whittaker faces Luther ‘Sugarman’ Smith who has fought some world class opponents in the past but has lost his last three by knockout. Nevertheless, Whittaker is not taking the 33-year-old American for granted. Smith, from Washington DC, is a former prospect. He won 18 and drew once in his first 19 bouts but is on the slide now. Whittaker’s record is 29-12-2 (17 Kos), a patchy record but he has lost only once in his last 13 bouts stretching over seven years. He feels he is in the prime of his career and itching for a big money world title shot once he successfully defends his WBO NABO light-middleweight title against Smith.
‘Luther Smith is a veteran boxer, real tough guy,’ Whittaker said. ‘He is 23-6 with 12 KOs. He’s coming to fight. I’ve seen him fight before. He’s an awkward guy and the meanest and toughest out there when he wants to be.
‘This is the 44th time I’ve walked to the squared circle as a pro. I turned 34 a few weeks ago so I’m older and wiser, ranked No.7 in the world and I’m ready.’
Whittaker was one of the sporting celebrities honoured on Monday at the Heroes’ Day parade. He lined up alongside sprinter Cydonie Mothersill and swimmer Shaune Fraser. ‘Those people who thought that I was worthy of the honour I’m grateful to them, God and all his blessings, the ministry, everybody who thought I was worthy.
‘It brought a smile to my face but if I had to choose I wouldn’t have chosen myself. There are people out there in the community more worthy than myself but I appreciate those people who honoured me.
‘March 8 is going to be a fantastic night. I’m finding myself disliking Luther Smith even though I haven’t met the guy yet which is a good indication that he’s going to catch hell.’