Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker could be fighting for the world title in the new year if he wins an eliminator in Miami next month.
Whittaker, 37, tops the bill in an IBF junior-middleweight elimination bout 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.
Southpaw Barthelemy, 39, is coming off two round technical knock out in March over well-respected Derek Ennis who was the USBA junior-middleweight champion at the time.
Whittaker’s adviser Raul Alvarez said: “I am so excited about this fight and I am really happy to be a part of it. It has been a very long road and with a lot bumps along the way but we now have a fight that will get the worldwide attention of the boxing world.
“This is the biggest fight of Killa’s career and this is the fight that will open the doors wide open to his world title fight. I know Giorbis very well and so does the Killa. I made a few of Giorbis’s fights and even was in his corner for those fights. I can tell you that Giorbis is one of those Cuban fighters that has over 200 amateur fights and he is a southpaw but I know what the Killa is made of and I know what he can do. I predict Killa will out box Giorbis and win a 12 round unanimous decision. Our goal is to give the Cayman Islands it’s world champion.”