‘Killa’ goes on despite no elite funds

Charles “Killa” Whittaker looks likely to get back to winning ways when he steps into the ring again this weekend.

The world-class super-welterweight (154 pounds) tops the bill at the King’s Sports Centre against Juan Matias from the Dominican Republic on Saturday in an eight-round bout. Doors open from 6:30 p.m.

Whittaker has a new trainer in his corner, John Scully, a former two-time world title challenger.

Whittaker is no longer being paid a monthly allowance from the government’s elite athletes list and is running this show on a shoestring budget.

Nevertheless, he remains undaunted and is still focused on winning a world title, although he turns 40 in January.

Peter “Lightning” Lewison faces Mike “Money” Sawyer from Orlando in the joint main event over six rounds. Lewison has won all five of his bouts inside of the distance. Sawyer has warned Lewison that he will knock him out.

Former amateur star Dariel Ebanks makes his pro debut against Elvis Martinez of the Dominican Republic in a four round super-middleweight bout. Martinez was blasted out in two rounds by Lewison a year ago.

The weigh-in is on Friday at the Sunshine Suites on Seven Mile beach from 6 p.m.

Whittaker, along with track queen Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens and hammer thrower Michael Letterlough, is no longer receiving a monthly allowance as part of the elite athletes’ program.

Osbourne Bodden, Minister of Sports, said: “All three have done a tremendous job for Cayman. They have represented well. Charles has chosen to fight on. Cydonie and Michael have both retired.

“Cydonie has already made a proposal to us as to how she can be involved in the future, particularly for women. I haven’t heard from Michael in that regard, but Charles, I feel, will continue to be involved in boxing as well.

“We wish him all the very best as he continues to seek that elusive world title. His drive and ambition is admirable. I think if he had 10 years off him, he could give it a good shot but in boxing, age is a factor and, although you still feel you’ve got it, the legs and hand speed get a bit slower, but I wish Charles well. He has represented Cayman well.

“He is lucky to have been supported by the government because, once you turn professional, funding from government goes away. It’s good that at least the government saw the merit in trying to support him to try to get to that level that he’s always wanted and the fact is that, at the end of the day, it is a promotional item for the Cayman Islands, so we continue to wish Charles well.”