Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is just one fight away from a world title shot in Cayman.
If he wins his bout on his debut for Goossen Tutor Promotions on Saturday in California then the West Bay fighter can look at a world title fight at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the spring.
That fight will probably be against Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida, the WBA interim champion in March, who has tentatively agreed already.
Whittaker’s promoter, Dan Goossen, believes he can pull off the big fight for Killa if he beats Chad Greenleaf in San Diego.
Goossen promoted the Cayman Knockout show in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism last year and fell in love with the island and promised to return to put on a bigger show.
Whittaker left Cayman for San Diego yesterday. All his training was done at the newly opened D Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym because preparing in the Philippines like he usually does could not be arranged.
Instead, Killa’s trainer Norman Wilson came here from the Philippines two weeks ago to add the finishing touches to two months of training local coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin had already put in.
Whittaker, 35, said: ‘My preparation hasn’t been ideal because I would have liked to have gone to the Philippines. But I want to thank God for putting the people my way who have been a blessing to me.
‘They are Norman, Donie and our premier McKeeva Bush. Once I went to Mr Bush for financial assistance, it was taken care of expeditiously.
‘He did great for me and I’m just looking to going out there now and put on a great show for the Cayman Islands.
‘It’s been difficult catching up with an opponent. Greenleaf is about the twelfth opponent we’ve found. They agree to fight me looking at my record but then go and do their homework and want more money.
‘We had to up this guy’s money a little bit too and I just thank Dan Goossen for doing what he had to do, also my agent Raul Alvarez for making this happen.
‘My whole team made sacrifices and I want to also thank my sparring partner Anthony Osbourne for coming over from Jamaica who gave me some great work and the local amateurs Dariel and Kendall Ebanks.
‘I’m going to finish off this year with a fight and expect 2010 to be a great one for me. Hopefully in March we’re going to be taking on the champion. Once we have the financial incentive to offer him – and we’re trying to crack that deal now – he’ll be willing to fight me.’
Trainer Wilson said: ‘Yes, I’m very pleased. We had to cut his running short just so that he didn’t over do it. I need Charles to be busy right now because we’re getting ready for the big fight.
‘When we get ready for the world title contest in Cayman we can’t just be training for one month or a couple of weeks. Charles has to continue from where we’re at now.
‘We have to be careful because Charles is in a position to do something really big for the Cayman Islands and be their first world champion here.
‘If everything falls into place, Charles will be fighting either for the world title or what’s called the interim title here in March.’