Rising Star Ben Whittaker Eyes Future Title Fights, Confident of Beating Buatsi and Azeez
Whittaker’s Unwavering Confidence Ahead of Graidia Bout
In the exhilarating world of professional boxing, Ben Whittaker’s name is swiftly becoming synonymous with ambition and skill. The Olympic silver medallist, who transitioned to the professional scene in 2022, has already crafted a flawless 5-0 record, with four of these victories being emphatic stoppages. This Saturday, Whittaker steps into the ring against the seasoned Khalid Graidia, a pivotal moment in his burgeoning career, with the encounter slated as part of the highly anticipated undercard for the Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez bout, live on Sky Sports.
Whittaker’s Stellar Journey and Future Aspirations
2023 was a landmark year for Whittaker. His string of victories, crowned by a spectacular knockout against Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj in December, has not only bolstered his portfolio but also heightened expectations. Known as “The Surgeon” for his precise and calculated approach in the ring, Whittaker radiates confidence as he prepares for the upcoming clash at Wembley Arena. His aspirations, however, soar beyond this weekend’s bout.
“He [Graidia] has been in there with some good operators but hasn’t been in there with ‘The Surgeon’ yet. I’m going to put on an operation on Saturday,” Whittaker declared, underscoring his readiness to elevate his career to the next level.
Whittaker’s Bold Claim: Ready to Take on Buatsi and Azeez
In a statement that reverberates with audacity and self-belief, Whittaker has publicly voiced his conviction that he has the prowess to triumph over both Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez. “Talking about those two guys [Buatsi and Azeez], I could beat them now. [That’s] not just me saying it, I know that I can, I’ve got the skill, I’ve got the looks and everything else. But at the end of the day, it’s about experience,” he asserted.
Focus on the Present, Eyes on the Future
Despite his unwavering confidence, Whittaker remains grounded, acknowledging the importance of gradual progress in his quest for glory. He views his upcoming fight against Graidia as a crucial step in his journey, a test he intends to pass with flying colours. “It’s all about experience, I’ve got a tough guy on Saturday, deal with him the way that I should do and then I’m on the right step,” the 26-year-old reflected.
Echoing his promoter Ben Shalom’s sentiments, Whittaker believes that while he is already equipped to compete at the highest level, a strategic and measured approach is key. “Ben [Shalom] said it well: I’m there already. But it’s about baby steps and I’ll get there. But when I’m there, I’m there to stay.”
As Whittaker prepares for his upcoming bout, his sights are firmly set on not just victory, but a statement that will resonate through the boxing world. His journey is one to watch, as he steadily advances towards his ultimate goal: dominance in the ring.