Charles Whittaker’s Big Chance

By Francis Walker
Updated: August 24, 2012

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Taking the next step

Taking the next step

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–On the next edition of NBC Fight Night there will be an all-important world championship elimination bout between Charles Whittaker (38-12-2, 23 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) on Friday, September 21, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.

The winner of the contest will be the No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger to IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K9′ Bundrage, who scored a second KO victory against Cory Spinks in June.

Whittaker-Rosado will round-out a televised tripleheader beginning at 9 PM. Gabriel Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, fights Sergey Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in a 10-round light-heavyweight contest. Plus, Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, vs. Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in a 12-round welterweight bout.

Whittaker is a 38 year-old from the Cayman Islands. He has fought professionally for 19 years, but never given an opportunity amongst the elite. A victory against Rosado would be a positive step in the right direction.

“This fight means the world to me,” Whittaker said. “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.”

Whittaker has recognizable names on his resume that include former WBA/WBC super-middleweight champion, Mikkel Kessler. However, Whittaker he has no notable victories. Whittaker has to prove in his bout with Rosado why he deserves to fight for a world title.

“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.”

Whittaker has a lot experience and hasn’t lost a fight in more than 8 years. At one point, Whittaker lost five consecutive fights and has been stopped five times in his career. Whittaker has been carefully matched and has progressed slowly.

Whittaker’s career turned around when he formed Knockout Productions with family and friends in the Cayman Islands. Whittaker is responsible for bringing professional boxing to the Caymans. He fought there 8 times since 2004. Whittaker also padded his record with three easy KO victories in the Phillipines (2008-09).

“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.”

Whittaker has been given the right fights to boost his profile, but is it enough to overcome a resurgent Rosado who is 12 years his youth. We will find out very soon.

Whittaker and family members formed Knockout Productions, Ltd., a group which promotes Whittaker’s fights in the Cayman Islands with Whittaker in the main event. Longtime friend Raul Alvarez, of Winter Haven, FL, is matchmaker and advisor.

The question is how competitive his fight with Rosado, a young upcoming fighter, is going to be?

Rosado, 26, is a tough kid form Philadelphia. He is resilient, as he has recorded knockout wins against Jesus Soto-Karass and Sechew Powell.

Fighting professionally during the last 6 years, Rosado overcame a slow start and has won his last 6 bouts.

This is going to be a terrific fight.

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