Whittaker made a triumphant step towards a world title fight on Friday night.
The West Bay fighter scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Giorbis
Barthelemy in an IBF junior-middleweight elimination bout to determine the No.2
contender at the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Whittaker, 37, took
his record to 38 wins, 12 losses and two draws with 23 KOs as he won comfortably
against his former sparring partner 117-111, 117-112 and 115-113 in a clash
between tall, rangy fighters. Barthelemy, 39, a Cuban based in Florida, took his
record to 25-9-2, 10 KOs.