Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Pernell 'SweetPea' Whitaker, vanquisher of Azumah Nelson, dies in vehicle accident

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Shannon Reynolds | 16 July, 2019, 18:31

The entire boxing fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the untimely demise of former four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck Whitaker stayed at the scene and was cooperating with officers. He also won the gold medal at the Olympics in 1984.

Cops are investigating. Unclear if the driver of the vehicle was arrested but he did stay on the scene to speak with police.

The couple had four children together and later divorced.

A world amateur champion in 1983, Whitaker was part of the storied 1984 Olympic boxing team that captured a record nine gold medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles.

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Sweat Pea was truly one of the best to do it. "On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy, we send our prayers and condolences to his family and friends".

In 2002 he was ranked as the 10th greatest boxer of the last 80 years by Ring Magazine. Whitaker now holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history with 6 title defenses.

After he retired from the sport, he continued on as a trainer in Virginia. Five years later, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which was his first year of eligibility. Whitaker (40-4-1 with 17 KOs) thought he won those bouts and never seemed to recover.

He was victimized again in 1993, when his boxing wizardry overwhelmed Julio Cesar Chavez.

Whitaker married Rovanda Anthony in the boxing ring at Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center in December 1985. He already had a daughter, Tiara, from a previous relationship.

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