Killa faces Rosado for title shot

Charles ‘Killa’ Whittaker will soon step into the ring for his next big fight. 

The Cayman Islands boxing hero is slated to battle Philadelphia native Gabriel Rosado on Friday, 21 September, in a world title elimination bout. The Event Centre of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will host the fight, which will be televised on NBC Sports Network at about 8pm Cayman time on the Main Events Fight Night card. 

Norman Wilson, Whittaker’s coach, states the West Bay legend is ready to dominate. 

“We’re ready to go, we’re working double hard,” Wilson said. “We’re not looking for a walk over, we’re looking to go fight. This is going to let you know Charles is ready to be the champion of the world.” 

The winner of next month’s contest, which is slated for 12 rounds, gets a title shot as the mandatory challenger to the current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight world champion, Detroit fighter Cornelius Bundrage, 39. 

Whittaker, 38, has 38 wins, 12 losses and two draws along with 23 knockouts since becoming a professional in 1993. He has won 14 consecutive fights since 2004, including victories over Philly native Keenan Collins and Cuban fighter Giorbis Barthelemy. He is ranked number two by the boxing federation and currently holds the United States Boxing Association title at 154 pounds. 

Rosado, 26, is 20-5 with 12 knockouts since debuting in 2006. He has won his last six fights since 2010 and is ranked third by the boxing federation. 

Whittaker and Rosado square off on a card featuring Spaniard Gabriel Campillo against Russian Sergey Kovalev and Philly native Ronald Cruz against Antwone Smith of Miami, Florida. Whittaker is slated to take home US$6,000, or 60 per cent, of the $10,000 purse for the fight with Rosado expected to earn more through a side deal with promoter Russell Peltz. 

Charles Killa

Charles ‘Killa’ Whittaker is training hard for next month’s bout. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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Gabriel Rosado, right, has not lost his last six fights. – PHOTO: FILE

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