Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is astonished that the world title fight he could not get because the Cayman Islands government did not have the funds to promote it has now gone to a fighter ranked way below him.
Whittaker, 35, was offered a title contest with WBC light-middleweight Vernon ‘The Viper’ Forrest in January but the PPM could not raise the $1.8 million needed to stage it in Grand Cayman.
There was a lot of talk that the WBC had not sanctioned the bout because Killa, at 57 in the independent world rankings, was not good enough.
But now Forrest will defend his title against Jason LeHoullier at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on May 1.
Yet LeHoullier is ranked 114 in the world. Although the bout has not yet been ratified by the WBC, it is expected to be given clearance.
‘This makes me sick,’ said Whittaker from his training camp in Florida. ‘The WBC did not sanction my fight but they’re going to approve LeHoullier.
‘Had the PPM government come up with the money for the fight the WBC would have sanctioned it in a heartbeat.
‘I’m hoping that the UDP will get in at the general elections next month because McKeeva Bush will show me far more respect than the PPM has done.’