Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Boxing great Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by auto

Boxing great Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by auto

Authorities responded to reports of an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road just after 10.04pm Sunday.

Whitaker was a world champion in four divisions - WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight. Whitaker represented the United States as part of an all-star team that included Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield, Meldrick "The Kid" Taylor, Mark Breland and other great fighters.

He finished with a 40-4-1 record, including 17 knockouts.

Driver of the vehicle is said to be known to the authorities and investigation is now going on the sad incident which occurred 10.04pm. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Whitaker fought only three more times and never won again, most notably losing a unanimous decision to Puerto Rico's Felix Trinidad in 1999. He also won a gold medal as a lightweight at the 1984 Olympics.

Whitaker moved on from the Chávez draw by winning eight straight, including his iconic 11th-round knockout of Diosbelys Hurtado to set up a fight with fellow Olympic hero Oscar De La Hoya in 1997. Several publications, including Sports Illustrated, wrote opinion pieces about why Whitaker deserved the win.

In 2002 he was ranked as the 10th greatest boxer of the last 80 years by Ring Magazine.

Devon Whitaker, his youngest son, told the Virginian-Pilot that visibility may have been an issue. The couple eventually divorced.

In terms of his defense and ring generalship, Pernell Whitaker was the best fighter that I ever fought. He already had a daughter, Tiara, from a previous relationship. In a career that spanned almost 20 years from 1984 to 2001, he was considered a defensive magician on the level of Floyd Mayweather.

Whitaker, 55, of Norfolk, Va., was identified as the victim.

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