Killa’s clear for title shot

Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker warmed up nicely for his word title fight next year by smoothly winning a low-key contest on Saturday by third round stoppage.

Whittaker knocked journeyman Chad Greenleaf down twice in the second round with big rights and finished him off in the third with a combinations to the body.

The bout was on Killa’s new promoter Dan Goossen’s Showtime show at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

A relieved Whittaker said: ‘Greenleaf was tricky. We expected him to be because he kept on switching his stance. I always had to be alert and watch out where his power hand was.’

Whittaker, 35, moved to his Florida base after the fight and will return to Cayman next week. He’ll go into intensive training by mid-December with trainer Norman Wilson until the new year and then go to Wilson’s base in the Philippines for a long training camp until the end of February.

Whittaker, 36 next month, was hoping to get a shot at the WBA interim world title held by Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida, but that looks unlikely now as the champ is already committed to another fight. He may yet be enticed here if Goossen can put together a tempting enough package.

There are other options that Goossen is pursuing for a title fight in Cayman in the spring.

Killa added: ‘We hope to get a world title shot in George Town on the projected date of 27 March. That would be 17 years to the day that I made my professional debut and God willing it will happen.’