Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker dies after being struck by vehicle

Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker dies after being struck by vehicle

As well as Dominique, Whitaker leaves behind children Dantavious, Devon and Tiara, while Pernell Jr died in 2015 at the age of 31 following a battle with cancer.

It was reported that the driver of the vehicle that hit Whitaker stayed with police and talked to them about what happened.

His time as a professional saw him fight and become a champion in four different WBC weight classes, including Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight and Light middleweight.

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

Whitaker fought only three more times and never won again, most notably losing a unanimous decision to Puerto Rico's Felix Trinidad in 1999.

Whitaker then began a historic professional career where he captured world titles in the lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions.

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A Olympic gold medalist in 1984, Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died. "On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy, we send our prayers and condolences to his family and friends".

From 1993 to 1997 Ring Magazine ranked Pernell Whitaker as the pound for pound best boxer in the sport. Whitaker now holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history with 6 title defenses.

He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 at the first available opportunity.

Chavez, who entered the bout at 87-0, remained undefeated, but Sports Illustrated's following issue had a photo from the bout on its cover with the caption: 'Robbed, ' implying that Whitaker deserved the win. The former boxer who was nicknamed Sweat Pea finished his career with a record of 40-4-1 and boxed all the way from 1984 to 2001.

He was married to Rovanda Anthony in 1985 but the couple later divorced. He already had a daughter, Tiara, from a previous relationship.

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