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OT - Famed Boxer Sweet Pea Whitaker Dead

OT - Famed Boxer Sweet Pea Whitaker Dead

The former world champion in four weight categories (lightweight, ultralight, and the first Welterweight average) 55-year-old American boxer Pernell Whitaker was mortally hit by a vehicle, crossing one of the intersections in the resort town of Virginia beach (VA).

Pernell Whitaker won the WBA World light middleweight title by a UD 12.

Whitaker was a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a trainer after he retired from boxing.

A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Whitaker was named boxer of the year by Ring magazine in 1989.

Nicknamed "Sweet Pea", Whitaker won a gold medal for the United States in the men's lightweight division at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The driver of the auto remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death.

The defensive-minded Whitaker would also go on to lose another hard-fought battle against Oscar de la Hoya in 1997 when he put his WBC welterweight title on the line.

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"And every list of top 10 fighters of all time he was on, too".

Whitaker was 55 years old.

The first came against Chavez, the Mexican great who was unbeaten in 87 fights when he and Whitaker met in a highly anticipated fight in San Antonio.

Whitaker once said it was the most handsome feeling in the world to hit the other guy and not get hit. Emergency responders raced to the scene and treated Whitaker but couldn't save him. "He didn't care who he'd fight, he didn't care where he was fighting at, he really didn't care what weight he was fighting at". "Best balance I'd ever seen in a Boxer".

Many people, close friends, and boxing community have also reacted on his sudden death.

"Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was in the class of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard as one of the most entertaining fighters in my lifetime". Upon come back from suspension, Whitaker lost a wide choice to Felix Trinidad in 1999, and he resigned from boxing after damage TKO versus Carlos Bojorquez in 2001.