|Real name: Pernell Whitaker|
|Nickname(s): Sweet Pea|
|Date of birth:January 2, 1964|
|Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia, USA|
|Competitor for United States|
|Gold||Los Angeles 1984||Lightweight|
|World Amateur Championships|
Pernell Whitaker (born January 2, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia), nicknamed "Sweet Pea," is a professional boxing trainer and retired American professional boxer. Whitaker was the lightweight silver medalist at the 1982 World Championships, followed by the gold medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympics. Whitaker then embarked on a pro career in which he became world champion in four different weight divisions. During his career, he fought world champions such as Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya and Félix Trinidad. For his achievements, he was named the 1989 Fighter of the year by Ring Magazine.
Whitaker is also a former WBA Light Middleweight Champion, WBC Welterweight Champion, IBF Light Welterweight Champion, WBC, WBA & IBF Lightweight Champion and NABF Lightweight Champion. He is univerasally heralded as one of the top 5 lightweights of all time.
After his retirement, Whitaker returned into the world of boxing as a trainer. Among his trained boxers are Zab Judah, Dorin Spivey, Joel Julio and Calvin Brock. In 2002, Ring Magazine ranked him at number 10 in their list of 'The 100 Greatest Fighters of the Last 80 Years.' On December 7, 2006, Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.
Fighting style Edit
Whitaker was known for his outstanding defensive skills and for being a strong counterpuncher. He was not an over-powering hitter on offense but applied a steady attack while, at the same time, being extremely slippery and difficult to hit with a solid blow.
Amateur career Edit
Whitaker had an extensive amateur boxing career, having started at the age of nine. He had 214 amateur fights, winning 201, 91 of them by knockouts, though he says that he has had up to 500 amateur fights. He lost to two-time Olympic Gold medalist Ángel Herrera Vera at the final of the World Championships 1982 but beat him four times, notably in the final of the Pan American Games 1983 in Caracas. He crowned his amateur career with an Olympic Gold Medal in 1984.
Professional career Edit
In just his eleventh and twelfth pro bouts, Whitaker beat Alfredo Layne on December 20, 1986 and former WBA Super Featherweight title holder Roger Mayweather on March 28, 1987. Whitaker won both bouts before hometown crowds at the Norfolk Scope, less than a mile from where he lived as a child in a Norfolk housing project. Whitaker would fight nine times in the Scope arena during his career.
On March 12, 1988, he challenged José Luis Ramírez for the WBC Lightweight title in Levallois, France. He suffered his first pro defeat when the judges awarded a split decision to Ramirez. The decision was highly controversial, with most feeling that Whitaker had won the fight with something to spare. In his 1999 edition of the 'World Encyclopedia of Boxing,' Harry Mullan stated that the decision in this bout was "generally considered to be a disgrace."
Undisputed Champion Edit
Whitaker trudged on, winning a decision over Greg Haugen for the IBF Lightweight title on February 18, 1989, becoming the first boxer to knock Haugen down by dropping him in the sixth round. He then added the vacant WBC belt by avenging his loss to Ramirez on August 20.
Now a champion, Whitaker proceeded to dominate boxing's middle divisions over the first half of the 1990s. In 1990, he defended his Lightweight title against future champion Freddie Pendleton and Super Featherweight Champion Azumah Nelson of Ghana. On August 11, 1990, he knocked out Juan Nazario in one round to win the vacant The Ring and WBA titles, becoming the first Undisputed Lightweight Champion since Roberto Durán. His highlight of 1991 was a win over Jorge Páez and a fight against European Champion Poli Díaz that ended in another win.
Light Welterweight Edit
On March 6, 1993, he decisioned James (Buddy) McGirt to become the Lineal and WBC Welterweight Champion.
Julio César Chávez Edit
Whitaker was gaining momentum and boxing experts and fans felt that he needed to win against the pound for pound best boxer in the world: Julio César Chávez. The two met in a welterweight superfight on September 10, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas. In the eyes of many of the spectators, Whitaker outboxed the Mexican legend. However, 2 of the 3 judges saw an even bout, with the other scoring in favor of Whitaker. As in his first fight with José Luis Ramírez, Whitaker was not awarded a decision victory, this time having to settle for a draw. Sports Illustrated featured a cover titled "ROBBED!" after the conclusion of this fight and believed that Whitaker had won 9 of the 12 rounds in the fight. The now defuncted Boxing Illustrated magazine had a headline urging its buyers not to buy the current issue if they really believed the fight was a draw. Chávez stated after the fight: "I felt I was forcing the fight ... he just kept holding me too much, he was throwing too many low blows too."
Whitaker continued on to dominate for the next few years, defending his Welterweight title in a rematch against McGirt on October 1, 1994.
For good measure, in his next fight on March 4, 1995, Whitaker added Julio César Vásquez's WBA Light Middleweight title to his collection but remained at welterweight to successfully defend his WBC belt against Scotland's Gary Jacobs on August 26, 1995.
Oscar De La Hoya Edit
He met Oscar De La Hoya on April 12, 1997, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whitaker succeeded in making De La Hoya look bad through his crafty defense, but he was unable to mount a sufficient offense to convince the judges. Despite receiving an official knockdown and outlanding De La Hoya in overall punches & connect percentage (according to CompuBox stats), De La Hoya won by a disputed unanimous decision. At the end of the fight, the judges' scores were 111-115, 110-116, 110-116. Although the decision was controversial in nature, it wasn't considered to be a blatant robbery like the Chavez or Rimerez fights.
De La Hoya himself didn't seem too pleased with his performance and had hinted at a possible rematch to prove that he could do better. However, his promoter at that time, Bob Arum, declined the notion.
Felix Trinidad and farewell fight Edit
On February 20, 1999, Whitaker suffered his first sound defeat against the much bigger, much fresher Félix Trinidad, gamely taking the Puerto Rican the distance. The bout was for the latter's IBF Welterweight title. The fight began with both boxers displaying aggressive styles, which included excessive pushing. In the following rounds, both boxers used their jabs most of the time, with Trinidad gaining an advantage when Whitaker attempted to attack inside, eventually scoring a knockdown in round two. In the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds the fighters exchanged combinations. Later in the fight, both boxers fell to the floor in what were ruled as "accidental slips." On the seventh round, Whitaker displayed more offense, trading power punches with Trinidad, but the champion retained control in the fight's tempo during the eight, ninth and tenth rounds. In the last round, Whitaker, with a badly swollen right eye, displayed a purely defensive stance, avoiding his opponent throughout the round while Trinidad continued on the offensive until the fight concluded. The judges gave the champion scores of 117–111, 118–109 and 118–109.
His last fight came on April 27, 2001, against journeyman Carlos Bojorquez. The former Undisputed Lightweight Champion jumped into the ring at 155 pounds. Whitaker broke his clavicle in round four and was forced to retire; at the time of the stoppage Whitaker was trailing in all the judges' scorecards by 28-29. Following this fight, Whitaker officially announced his retirement. He finished his professional career with an official record of 40-4-1 (17 knockouts).
In 2002, The Ring ranked Whitaker as the 10th Greatest Fighter of the Last 80 Years.
On December 7, 2006, Whitaker was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame along with contemporaries Roberto Durán and Ricardo López. They were all elected in their first year of eligibility.
As a youngster, Whitaker was known to friends and family as "Pete" and when he began to emerge as a top amateur, fans in his hometown of Norfolk used to serenade him with chants of "Sweet Pete." This was misinterpreted by a local sportswriter as "Sweet Pea." When this erroneous report came out in the local newspaper, the new nickname stuck.
Personal life Edit
Pernell was married to Rovanda Whitaker until they divorced. They had four children together: Dominique, Pernell Jr., Dantavious and Devon.
After Boxing Edit
In June 2002, Whitaker was convicted of cocaine possession after a judge found he violated the terms of a previous sentence by overdosing on cocaine in March.
As of December 2005, Whitaker has taken on the role as trainer in his home state of Virginia. While the decline of speed and agility have pushed him into retirement, his knowledge of the ring and components have led him to seek out up-and-coming boxers and train them to fight the way he did.
Pernell Whitaker is also the trainer for heavyweight Calvin Brock who, as recently as November 2006, fought for the IBF and IBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko, where Brock was knocked out in the 7th round.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, honoring those who have contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia.
Professional boxing record Edit
|40 Wins (17 knockouts, 23 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Loss||40-4-1||Carlos Bojorquez||TKO||4 (10), 0:27||2001-04-27||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada|
|Loss||40-3-1||22x20px Félix Trinidad||UD||12||1999-02-20||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||For IBF Welterweight title.|
|NC||1 NC||22x20px Andrey Pestryaev||ND||12||1997-10-17||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||WBA Welterweight Title Eliminator.|
Whitaker's post-fight test positive for cocaine.
|Loss||40-2-1||Oscar De La Hoya||UD||12||1997-04-12||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||40-1-1||22x20px Diosbelys Hurtado||TKO||11 (12), 1:52||1997-01-24||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||39-1-1||22x20px Wilfredo Rivera||UD||12||1996-09-20||James Knight Convention Center, Miami, Florida||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||38-1-1||22x20px Wilfredo Rivera||SD||12||1996-04-12||22x20px Atlantis Casino, Cupecoy Bay, St Maarten||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||37-1-1||22x20px Jake Rodriguez||KO||6 (12), 2:45||1995-11-18||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||36-1-1||22x20px Gary Jacobs||UD||12||1995-08-26||Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||35-1-1||Julio César Vásquez||UD||12||1995-03-04||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won WBA Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||34-1-1||James McGirt||UD||12||1994-10-01||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||33-1-1||22x20px Santos Cardona||UD||12||1994-04-09||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Draw||32-1-1||Julio César Chávez||MD||12||1993-09-10||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Retained WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||32-1||James McGirt||UD||12||1993-03-06||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Won WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.|
|Win||31-1||Ben Baez||KO||1 (10), 0:37||1992-12-01||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Win||30-1||22x20px Rafael Pineda||UD||12||1992-07-18||The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won IBF Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||29-1||Jerry Smith||KO||1 (10)||1992-05-22||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal|
|Win||28-1||Harold Brazier||UD||10||1992-01-18||Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||27-1||Jorge Paez||UD||12||1991-10-05||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada||Retained IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||26-1||22x20px Policarpo Díaz||UD||12||1991-07-27||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||25-1||Anthony Jones||UD||12||1991-02-23||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||24-1||Benjie Marquez||UD||10||1990-11-22||22x20px Sports Palace, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid|
|Win||23-1||22x20px Juan Nazario||KO||1 (12), 2:59||1990-08-11||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada||Retained IBF, WBC and won vacant The Ring & WBA Lightweight titles.|
|Win||22-1||22x20px Azumah Nelson||UD||12||1990-05-19||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF & WBC Lightweight titles.|
|Win||21-1||Freddie Pendleton||UD||12||1990-02-03||Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained IBF & WBC Lightweight titles.|
|Win||20-1||Martin Galvan||TKO||3 (?)||1989-12-11||22x20px Paris, France|
|Win||19-1||Jose Luis Ramirez||UD||12||1989-08-20||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained IBF and won vacant WBC Lightweight titles.|
|Win||18-1||Louie Lomeli||TKO||3 (12), 2:43||1989-04-30||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained IBF Lightweight Title.|
|Win||17-1||Greg Haugen||UD||12||1989-02-18||The Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia||Won IBF Lightweight title.|
|Win||16-1||Antonio Carter||TKO||4 (10), 2:37||1988-11-02||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Loss||15-1||Jose Luis Ramirez||SD||12||1988-03-12||22x20px Stade de Levallois, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine||For WBC Lightweight title.|
|Win||15-0||Davey Montana||TKO||4 (10), 2:14||1987-12-19||22x20px Paris, France|
|Win||14-0||22x20px Miguel Santana||TKO||6 (12), 1:02||1987-12-19||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Retained NABF and won USBA Lightweight title.|
|Win||13-0||Jim Flores||KO||1 (?)||1987-06-28||Las Americas Arena, Houston, Texas|
|Win||12-0||Roger Mayweather||UD||12||1987-03-28||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia||Won vacant NABF Lightweight title.|
|Win||11-0||22x20px Alfredo Layne||UD||10||1986-12-20||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Win||10-0||Rafael Gandarilla||UD||10||1986-10-09||Felt Forum, New York, New York|
|Win||9-0||22x20px Rafael Williams||UD||10||1986-08-16||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||8-0||John Montes||UD||10||1986-03-09||The Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia|
|Win||7-0||Jesus De la Cruz||KO||1 (8), 2:22||1985-11-12||Norville, Texas|
|Win||6-0||Teddy Hatfield||KO||3 (8), 2:42||1985-08-29||The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Win||5-0||John Senegal||TKO||2 (8), 1:29||1985-07-20||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Win||4-0||Nick Parker||UD||6||1985-04-20||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Win||3-0||Mike Golden||TKO||4 (6), 2:54||1985-03-13||The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Win||2-0||Danny Avery||TKO||4 (6)||1985-01-20||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||1-0||Farrain Comeaux||TKO||2 (6), 2:50||1984-11-15||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Whitaker's professional debut.|
See also Edit
- ↑ "Robbed": Whitaker-Chavez bout, September 1993 Cover - Sports Illustrated
- ↑ The Whitaker-Chavez fight, September 1993 Article - Sports Illustrated
- ↑ 
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izuwXikqXl8
- ↑ http://www.boxingscene.com/review/showproduct.php/product/10/sort/7/cat/all/page/1
- ↑ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1009908/index.htm
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Luis Escobar (1999-02-20). "Trinidad Outduels The Master". The Boxing Times. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. http://web.archive.org/web/20070808065109/http://www.boxingtimes.com/analyses/1999/990220trinidad_whitaker.html. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
- ↑ Velin, Bob (March 4, 2011). "Zab Judah continues his personal road to redemption". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2011-03-04-zab-judah_N.htm. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
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