Charles “Killa” Whittaker said he is recovering from an eye injury that forced him to pull out of his fight at the end of the sixth round in Atlantic City earlier this month.
Whittaker lost to Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins, nephew of the legendary veteran Bernard Hopkins.
A win would have taken Whittaker closer to a coveted world title fight. Now, he has to regroup and plot a new path.
“It was a very bitter loss,” he said. “I simply had a very off night and couldn’t get it going.
“It felt like I was stuck in cement,” he added. “I don’t know if it was the way I lost weight for the fight or what, but I didn’t feel myself in there.
Whittaker said: “I have been training since November and fought in December and got back in the gym 10 days after. I had to push it in the gym some days because I was feeling tired.
“I don’t know if it was really a one off,” he said. “I couldn’t get it going at all. As for the future, I am going to take a much-needed break, pray about things and see where and what God leads me to do. And spend some time at my house here in Winter Haven, Florida.
“My future plans are to rest and relax,” he added. “The last 25 years, everything I have done has been about boxing, so I’m going to chill over here for a while and hang out with my son.”