Killa must get his world shot

Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is keeping his fingers crossed that after years of uncertainty, setbacks and false promises he will finally get a chance to fight for a world title.

Vernon ‘The Viper’ Forrest is prepared to come to Cayman to put his WBC light-middleweight title on the line in a couple of months’ time and Whittaker truly believes he can win that coveted title.

Obviously, Forrest, 38 next month, thinks he’ll leave George Town still with his coveted belt but Killa has other ideas. This is the culmination of a lifetime’s dedication to the sport and on home soil with millions watching on TV a great performance is guaranteed.

It’s Whittaker’s great chance to win a title from the most respected organisation of them all. The WBC has the most kudos of all the governing bodies and to hold that title means you have status above all the other ‘world champions’ in that division.

Forrest is definitely on the slide but he is by no means a pushover. He became champ for the fifth time in outpointing Sergio Mora in September but did not impress in the process.

He had lost his title in a his previous contest to Mora in another close bout three months earlier and just squeezed through in the rematch.

Whittaker’s strengths are his ring savvy gleaned from battling in fighters’ back yards around the world, tremendous power and durability. He will be in the best shape of his life after a six week stint training in the Philippines as usual with trainer Norman Wilson.

Forrest will underestimate Whittaker at his peril. Having defeated the likes of ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosely twice, Ike Quartey and Vernon Phillips, his confidence will be high and maybe misplaced.

An intelligent man who has invested his millions wisely, Forrest also has a social conscience and demonstrated that admirably by starting a group home for the mentally challenged called Destiny’s Child.

The offer from Forrest’s promoter Gary Shaw has been presented to the Cayman Islands government and they have to underwrite most of the cost of the promotion in March or April.

If the Cayman Knockout last June was a tremendous success then this show will eclipse it.

The ripple effect of Whittaker fighting for the world title will give the island a tremendous boost both financially and profile wise. And with the general elections soon after the bout, it could even be an election clincher for the PPM.