Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is keeping in fight-night shape following his career-boosting win last month in Miami.
The West Bay puncher outpointed Cuban Giorbis Barthelemy and is in line now for a world title shot, which could have Don King involved in the promotion.
Whittaker, 37, is now the No.2 light-middleweight in the IBF rankings and is in line to fight the champion Cornelius Bundrage in the New Year. Killa could get a call on short notice and is acutely aware that Bundrage’s camp might try to catch him out.
“I hope to get off the Islands and hopefully get over to the Philippines to work with my trainer Norman Wilson in the next few weeks,” Whittaker said. “Being the highest rated contender I have to stay prepared. The champion cannot fight anybody without coming through me first and it would only take a life or death situation for me to turn the fight down.
“I have to stay ready. The politics of boxing goes that a promoter might decide that he doesn’t promote me and even though I’m supposed to get the fight with the champ he will prepare his own fighter to be matched with someone other than me. Then he offers me the fight knowing that I’m not going to fight at a month’s notice, coming up to the Christmas holidays when I’m not prepared. They might try to blind side me like that and then I could be caught up in the shuffle again and have to wait a long time for another offer.”
Missing out on Christmas, New Year and his birthday celebrations on 5 January are minor sacrifices for Killa as he remains in tip-top shape for the big one. “I’ve made a lot of sacrifices over the last 23 years. When I was still at school I used to get up at four in the morning to run. When I was working, I would finish at six in the evening and run from West Bay to the gym in George Town. This will be a small sacrifice. My birthday is not that important anyway.”