Boxing Legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker Dies

Boxing legend, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, 55, died Sunday after being struck by a vehicle in Virginia Beach.

A family member confirmed that the Olympic gold medal winner and four-division world champion was killed in the crash.

Whitaker found a name for himself, along with international boxing recognition, by winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. He also won gold at the 1983 Pan American Games.

His time as a professional would see him fight and become a champion in four different WBC weight classes, including, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight.

Pro fights for Whitaker included bouts against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Casar Chavez.

At the time of his retirement in 2001, Whitaker would post a professional record of 40 wins (17 by knockout), four losses and one draw. All of this on top of 214 recorded amateur matches.

Ring Magazine, in 2002, ranked Whitaker as the tenth greatest boxer of the last 80 years.

Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

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