Saturday, 17 August, 2019

Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker killed in auto crash

Former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by car How Whitaker outpointed Azumah in his prime
Shannon Reynolds | 18 July, 2019, 18:26

Veteran world champion Pernell "Candy Pea" Whitaker has died after being hit by a automotive in the USA, police fetch stated.

Whitaker changed into once an global champion in four divisions - WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight.

When Whitaker retired in 2001 his record stood at 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is among those to have paid tribute to the 2006 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.

Whitaker came onto the boxing scene as an amateur in the 1984 Olympics when he won a gold medal. The American, affectionately known as "Sweet Pea" during his fighting career, was hit at an intersection in Virginia Beach on Sunday night. An examination concerning the traffic occurrence is continuous, yet the driver remained at the scene. By 1988, he stirred his way up to his first world title shot, losing by split choice to Jose Luis Ramirez.

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Four of the other six bouts ended in defeat and he also had one draw and one no contest. For fans of the sweet science, Pernell Whitaker was a joy to watch.

His style was unique and effective, a hit-and-don't-be-hit strategy that was later adopted by a rising young fighter named Floyd Mayweather Jr. Chavez stalked Whitaker throughout the fight, but Whitaker wasn't there to be found for the most part, and when he traded punches with Chavez he seemed to get the better of the Mexican.

The Cuban was headed to a stunning surprise after twice dropping Whitaker, yet Pernell revived to violently thump Hurtado through the ropes in what was else one of the most strangely late refereeing stoppages youll ever observe.

"R I P champ, one of the best fighters to ever do it", he wrote on Monday.

Whitaker once said it was the most handsome feeling in the world to hit the other guy and not get hit. During his long and successful career, I never missed one of his fights. He was supposed to be a part of the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight night Saturday in Las Vegas, where he was to be honored as a boxing legend.

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