Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker takes a step towards a world title fight in an eliminator in Miami next month.
Whittaker tops the bill in an IBF junior-middleweight elimination bout to determine the No.2 contender against Cuban Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) who is based in Hialeah, Florida. It’s at the Miami Airport Convention Center on 18 November on a bill titled ‘Miami Warfare’.
Killa (37-12-2, 23 KOs) is riding a 13-fight winning streak that extends back seven years and includes picking up the NABO, WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation and USBA titles. He last fought in June, at the Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre when he outpointed Keenan Collins comfortably.
Norman Wilson is Killa co-trainer for this fight who will leave Grand Cayman to be in his corner on the day. Whittaker, at 37 is two years younger than Barthelemy. Killa is preparing in Florida with his other trainer John David Jackson. Wilson said: “This is a great opportunity for Charles. If he wins it will put him as No.2 on the IBF rankings and a step closer to a world title fight.
“Charles used to spar with Barthelemy and did well against him.
“I don’t think Charles has lost anything since then but Barthelemy is a couple of years older and although he recently won, he hasn’t fought a 12 round fight for a few years, unlike Charles.
“The notice is short for Charles but he can still make it up in training and being based in Florida he has plenty of opportunity for top class sparring. Training with John David Jackson, who is a former world champion, he will be in good hands.”
Southpaw Barthelemy is coming off a two round technical knock out in March over well-respected Derek Ennis who was the USBA junior-middleweight champion at the time.
“These two guys have had good, respectable careers and they can both still fight,” said event co-promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. “For the winner, this will represent the opportunity for one last shot at a world title. So what we have in this terrific main event is two proud warriors giving everything they have to take a giant step towards reaching their lifelong dream. It’s going to be sensational.”
In the main supporting bout will be hugely popular South Florida street fighter turned heavyweight Erik ‘The Viking’ Leander (11-1, 8 KOs). The heavily muscled Leander’s all-action style never makes for a bad fight.
The superb Miami Airport Convention Center has just emerged from a major re-design and is now Miami’s second largest convention and exhibition facility.