Killa’s sparring is top quality

 

Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker may be 37, an age when most boxers are thinking of winding up their careers, but he is still as hungry as ever for success.  

That’s been evident from the all-action sparring with his hired help at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym where they battle it out like a real world title fight in every round.  

Whittaker fights for the first time on home soil in three years on 11 June when he challenges David Toribio of the Dominican Republic at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay for the United States Boxing Association light-middleweight title. Toribio, 31, has a patchy record of only 19 wins against 12 losses, but he has won his last three – the last two by knockout. 

Killa has been in intensive training for his first bout in a year and the high energy sparring has quickly taken the ring rust out. “I’ve been working hard and feel really good,” he said. “I saw Toribio on YouTube and he looks like he comes after guys and he’s pretty strong.”  

Killa’s sparring partners are Haiti-born Wilky ‘Silky’ Campfort, 26, who has only lost once in eight bouts and scored four knockouts and Tsetsi ‘Lights Out’ Davis, 33, a Jamaican who turned pro two years. He has one loss and four wins.  

Campfort moved to the US as a kid and is now based in Fort Lauderdale. He had 49 bouts as an amateur middleweight and only lost a handful.  

Davis had an equally distinguished amateur career, fighting out of Spanish Town, St Catherine. He only lost four times in 66 bouts. Killa’s sparring partners have an extra incentive to push themselves to the limits because they are matched on the undercard against each other.  

Whittaker is unbeaten since 2004 and although Toribio only boxed a month ago, the West Bay fighter is confident of victory and taking another step towards that elusive world title shot.  

With expert guidance from trainer Norman Wilson, he has got into shape really quickly. Killa has a record of 36 wins, 12 losses and two draws and has knocked out 23 opponents. This match promises to be an exciting one as both have good knockout records.  

The main sponsors on this show are Coconut Car, CayBrew, Radio Cayman, WC, Comfort Suites, Sign Solutions and Cayman Airways. Campfort and Davis are staying at Treasure Island.  

Making their professional debuts on the bill will be local middleweight Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison and former Philippines four times amateur champion, bantamweight Alfredo ‘Pacquiao’ Deano. Lewison takes on Jose Laguer and Deano faces Anthony Fraguada from Newark, New Jersey. 

Also on the bill are America-based pair Damian Frias against Alex Perez and Sammy Payne takes on Roger Rosa. 

Lewison said: “I’m looking forward to making my pro debut. I feel good and want to knock him out and set an example for opponents in the future. I’m in good shape, my stamina is excellent and I’m ready to go the four rounds. I’ve got a really good trainer in Norman.  

“I’ve been sparring with Andrew Ford and will get some rounds with Wilky. I’d like to thank my sponsors for helping me so much. I really appreciate it. They are Al La Kebab, National Concrete, Tony’s Toys, Rhino Rebar, Elizabeth Ross of The Real Estate Company, Paul Anderton and Habiscus Spa at the Westin Hotel.” 

Tickets range from $35 to VIP $125 and are available from Funky Tangs, Reflections, Four Winds Esso, Hardware Express, Devil’s Hangout or by calling 926-0749 or 926-8011.  

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Whittaker’s gym sessions are almost as entertaining as reall bouts!
PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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