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Pernell Whitaker

Full name: Pernell Whitaker
Nickname(s): Sweet Pea
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: January 2, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Norfolk State College
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker won a silver medal at the 1982 World Championships, then won gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympics. He had 214 recorded amateur bouts, winning 201, 91 by knockout. Whitaker turned pro shortly after the Los Angeles Olympics and had one of the great professional careers. He won professional titles in four different weight classes and for multiple organizations, holding, at one time, the WBA light-middleweight, WBC welterweight, IBF light-welterweight; WBC, WBA & IBF lightweight; and NABF lightweight titles. He is usually considered among the greatest ever lightweight boxers. In 1989 Whitaker was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine.

Whitaker was undefeated as a pro until March 1988 when he fought José Luis Ramírez for the WBC lightweight title in Levallois, France, losing a split decision. In February 1989 he won his first professional title, defeating Greg Haugen for the IBF lightweight title, and in August 1989, added the WBC title by avenging his defeat to Ramírez. Whitaker went up in weight in the early 90s and won several other titles. Finally, in September 1993, the bout everyone wanted came about – Whitaker against Julio César Chávez, considered at the time the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Although Whitaker was ahead on judges’ card, the other two judges called the fight even, and it was declared a draw. In April 1997, Whitaker fought another much heralded bout, against [Oscar De La Hoya], with De La Hoya winning a unanimous decision.

Whitaker fought through 2001, retiring with a record of 40 wins (17 by KO), 4 losses, and 1 draw. In 2002 he was ranked by Ring Magazine as the 10th greatest boxer of the last 80 years. Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006. He later became a boxing trainer in his home state of Virginia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing Men's Lightweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1984-08-11 Whitaker (USA) , Ortíz (PUR) retired 2 2:57
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1984-08-09 Whitaker (USA) , Jeon (KOR) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1984-08-07 Whitaker (USA) , Gies (FRG) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #5 1 1984-08-05 Whitaker (USA) , Nyeko (UGA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1984-08-03 Whitaker (USA) , Méndez (NCA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1984 Summer 20 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round One Match #20 1 1984-07-29 Whitaker (USA) bye
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