Whittaker took his professional record to 4-0 in July with an impressive win over Vladimir Belujsky. Whittaker put in a trademark flambuoyant performance as he jinked his way to an eighth-round stoppage.
Whittaker caught the eye at the delayed summer games in Tokoyo, but not just for his fights. He had his eye on the gold medal, which was possible as he reached the final of the competition.
That set him up for a final showdown against Cuba's Arien Lopez in the final. Whittaker though came up short at the final hurdle, as Lopez won via split decision.
Following the postponement of the games in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, qualification for the boxing event was also subsequently delayed.
Whittaker is close to heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who he revealed asks him about his fighting style. "He's gonna go out there and do his thing, he's very experienced," Joshua said when speaking about his chances in Tokyo.