‘Killa’ defies being ‘retired’ to continue pursuing dreams

Charles “Killa” Whittaker has not given up on his dream of becoming a world champion and returns to the ring this weekend at King’s Sports Centre, despite effectively being retired by the Cayman Islands government. 

The 39-year-old West Bayer takes on journeyman Juan Matias from the Dominican Republic on Saturday in an eight-round bout.  

Whittaker is looking for his 40th win as a pro and hopes to use this fight to get back on the big stage after two setbacks. Matias said he is looking to upset Whittaker and give the fans a great fight. 

This will be Whittaker’s first contest under the guidance of John Scully, a former two-time world title challenger and respected trainer. 

Whittaker is no longer being paid a monthly allowance from the government’s elite athletes list. He said: “Things are much more difficult and we’re having to work on a shoestring budget to promote this show.  

“If you look at my experience and who I’ve fought over the years I believe I still deserve a government allowance and this is purely a political move, not a sporting decision.”  

In the co-main event scheduled for six rounds in the light heavyweight division, Peter “Lightning” Lewison faces Mike “Money” Sawyer from Orlando. Lewison, who is 5-0 with all wins inside of the distance, has been promised a tough fight by Sawyer, who insists he will win by knockout.  

Dariel Ebanks makes his highly anticipated pro debut against Elvis Martinez of the Dominican Republic in a four round super-middleweight bout. Martinez lasted two rounds against Lewison last December.  

Ebanks was a world class amateur and hopes to build on that in the pros but first he must get past veteran Martinez, who has 45 professional fights.  

The public is invited to attend the weigh-in on Friday and meet the fighters for photos and autographs at the Sunshine Suites on Seven Mile beach from 6 p.m. 


Dariel Ebanks makes his pro debut.


Peter Lewison has a tough fight against Sawyer.


Charles Whittaker still wants a world title. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD