Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is lined up for the biggest fight of his career – a shot at a world title.
The offer has come from Vernon ‘The Viper’ Forrest, the WBC light-middleweight champion.
Forrest, 38, is prepared to make the voluntary defence here in March or April and his promoter Gary Shaw has sent a proposal to Tourism Minister Charles Clifford.
Whittaker, 35, is beside himself with excitement as he has been striving to become a world champion since he first donned boxing gloves as a child.
Despite a patchy record of 33-12, the West Bayer has not lost for five years and last year he knocked out all four opponents.
He knows Forrest (41-3) sees him as an easy touch but Killa is adamant he will pull off an upset.
‘I’m absolutely confident I can win,’ he said. ‘I watched Forrest in his last against Sergio Mora and although he won, he faded badly in the latter rounds.
‘I think Vernon’s reached the point of max. He had a long amateur career, culminating in a trip to the Olympics in 1992 and although he’s beaten some exceptional fighters, including Shane Mosley twice and Ike Quartey I think he is now a legitimate opponent for me and I relish the challenge.’
The only stumbling block is that the Cayman Islands government must be prepared to underwrite some of the costs of the promotion which they did last June for the hugely successful Cayman Knockout show, promoted by Dan Goossen.
Whittaker said: ‘I’m hoping the government will see the value of putting on this promotion because it will be even bigger for Cayman than the Goossen show.
‘Forrest is much better known than the fighters in Cayman Knockout and of course, it’s my chance to win a world title and elevate Cayman not just in boxing terms but on the international sporting side too.’
Killa has confidence that if the Cayman government gives the go ahead, promoter Shaw will maximise the island’s exposure. It will be televised on either HBO or Showtime.
Shaw has promoted some of the biggest grossing fights in boxing history, including Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson in 2002.