Charles ‘Da Killa’ Whittaker is getting in shape for the biggest fight of his career and is desperate to get it staged in the Cayman Islands to ensure he gets a fair result from the judges.
Whittaker is rated No.2 in the IBF junior-middleweight rankings and negotiating with Gabriel Rosado, a Philadelphian, ranked a place below the West Bay fighter.
The contest must take place on 21 September and the deal should be agreed by 19 July. If a match cannot be made by the end of next week then it goes to purse bids which Killa is confident of winning – if he gets the Government’s support. The winning bid is likely to be over $200,000.
But he fears that if he has to go to Rosado’s backyard the American will be scored favourably, in a similar way Tim Bradley won controversially against Manny Pacquiao recently.
The winner gets an automatic shot against IBF champ Cornelius Bundrage, who stopped Cory Spinks in seven rounds two weeks ago.
Rosado, 26, has won 20 of his 25 bouts, including 12 knockouts. Whittaker has won 38 (KO 23), lost 12 and drawn twice in a career spanning 19 years. The 38-year-old is unbeaten for eight years.
Killa last fought in November. He was planning a contest for April but got pneumonia and pulled out.
Both have a similar opponent in Keenan Collins. Killa outpointed Collins at Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre a year ago and Rosado also outpointed him in his next bout three months later.
“I want to bring the fight here,” said Whittaker. “I don’t want it in Rosado’s hometown. His TV company, NBC, has a 16-show deal and they want Rosado, who has featured on their last four shows, to keep winning.
“He’s a young, strong, energetic kid, but I know I can beat him. But not necessarily in his hometown where he is so popular. The judges are likely to come from around that area and they will no doubt favour him. If it is staged here, the judges are likely to be from Florida and more neutral.
“The last time I fought in Philadelphia, in 2003, I won on points but it was almost a hometown decision because one judge gave it a ridiculous draw when I clearly won. Thankfully, the others got it right.
“That’s why I’m prepared to put the fight on here, through my company, Knockout Productions. I’ve got another TV company prepared to come if NBC don’t but that will drive up my costs.