Whittaker gears up for biggest fight of his career
(CNS): Junior middleweight boxer Charles Whittaker of West Bay is looking forward to the biggest fight of his career when he collides with Philadelphia-born Gabriel Rosado on 21 September, according to Boxing News 24. The winner of the scheduled 12-round contest will become the No. 1 IBF contender and official mandatory challenger for current IBF Champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. The boxing website states that Premier McKeeva Bush will be joining Whittaker at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA, to support the Cayman contender. “This fight means the world to me,” Whittaker is quoted as saying. “I have paid my dues and ready to be number one in the world. After this fight I will challenge for the IBF 154 world title.”
The 38-year-old boxer from West Bay has been in few high-profile matches during his 19 year career but has marked up 38 wins including 23 knockouts, with 12 losses and 2 draws.
Whittaker gained the No. 2 slot in the IBF ratings due to a pair of 12-round victories in his two most recent fights–over Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, 14 months ago in the Cayman Islands for the vacant USBA Junior Middleweight title, and over Giorbis Barthelemy of Cuba, last November, in Miami, FL, Boxing News 24 says.
He has beaten former world-title challenger Billy Lyell and he has been in the ring with some of the best, losing to Troy Rowland, Mikkel Kessler, Shannon Taylor and Hercules Kyvelos early in his career.
“There are some people who told me I would never make it as a professional boxer and I have proved them wrong,” Whittaker said. “When I step into the ring on September 21 it will be no different. I know Rosado will be game but I have the experience and I am hungry to win.”
His opponent Rosado, 26, of Philadelphia, PA, earned the No. 3 slot in the IBF ratings and mainstream attention this year with consecutive knockout victories over Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico, and over Sechew Powell of Brooklyn, NY. The win over Sechew Powell sent Rosado into the top 10 ranked 154 lb. fighters in the world.
A pro since 2006, Rosado has a 20-5 record, 12 K0s. He has won his last six fights and also has defeated ex-IBF champ Kassim Ouma of Uganda, and contender Saul Roman of Mexico.
The Whittaker-Rosado bout is one of three set to be televised 21 September by the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. The main fight of the night will be Gabriel Campillo, of Spain, vs. Sergey Kovalev, of Russia, in a 10 round light-heavyweight bout; and Ronald Cruz vs. Antwone Smith.
The Whittaker-Rosado fight will start the action beginning at 9 pm.
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