Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker stepped in next against the veteran warhorse Troy Lowry, a father of three from Minnesota who enjoys fishing and riding his Harley.
It was Lowry’s 38th birthday two days earlier but there was not much celebrating to do after Killa busted him up. Director of Sport Dalton Watler shouted: ‘Killa, don’t kill him!’ much to the amusement of the crowd.
Lowry was hurt several times in those 12 minutes of action and dropped heavily at the end of the fourth. His corner wisely called it off in the interval before the fifth and he must have wished he could just ride off on his Harley and fish.
This was a comfortable bout for Whittaker, 34, at the start of a hopefully fruitful relationship with promoter Dan Goossen which could lead to a shot at a world light-middleweight title.
It took Killa’s record to 31-12-2 (19KOs) and the WBO No.8 ranked fighter should seize every opportunity to further his career now he’s got Goossen and Clifford’s full support.
Whittaker had a recurrence of an old right hand injury but with the right treatment it shouldn’t trouble him too much in the future.