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Former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies

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16 Jul 2019 10:11 #373555 by chairman
Former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies
Former boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach on Monday say Whitaker was a pedestrian when struck by the car Sunday night. The driver remained on the scene, where Whitaker was pronounced dead.

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16 Jul 2019 13:31 #373572 by chairman
Four-weight boxing world champion Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker died on Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed on Monday that the 55-year-old had succumbed to his injuries at the scene after emergency services received a call at 10:04pm (local time) on Sunday to an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.

Whitaker was a world champion in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight divisions. He won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in the lightweight division.

His career spanned 1984 to 2001 and he faced the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Cesar Chavez.

When Whitaker retired in 2001, he had a 40-4-1 record as a professional, with one no contest and 17 knockouts.

Regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time, Whitaker was inducted in to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, his first year of eligibility.

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