Pernell Whitaker Dies At The Age Of 55 In A Car Accident
American Professional Legendary Boxer Pernell Whitaker Died On 14th July, Sunday, In A Car Accident In Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- Pernell Whitaker died on 14th July, Sunday.
- Pernell died in a car accident in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- Pernell was 55 years old.
- Pernell was active in the boxing field for around seventeen years.
- Pernell started his boxing career at the age of nine.
- Pernell still holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign with six loses.
Pernell Whitaker, better known as a legendary four-division champion and Olympic gold-medal winning boxer, died on 14th July, Sunday night, at the age of 55. He was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pernell was active in the boxing field for around seventeen years winning titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight. He came into the spotlight for defeating Luis Ortiz and won the gold medal for the United States at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Pernell, who is also known as Sweet Pea, started his boxing career at the age of nine and had an extensive amateur career. He was known as the best defensive fighters of all-time.
Pernell was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine in 1989 and was a member of International Boxing Hall of Fame still holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign with six loses.
Celebrities from the sports field paid tribute to Pernell on the social media; and some of them are Floyd Mayweather, Michael Vick, Earvin Magic Johnson, Eddie Hearn, Terence Crawford, Lou DiBella, Gervonta Davis, and many others.
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— Michael Vick (@MichaelVick) July 15, 2019
One of the greatest boxers of my lifetime and my good friend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker passed away last night. During his long and successful career I never missed one of his fights. To me, he was one of the top five greatest boxers ever!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 15, 2019
Rest in eternal peace Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker - IMO the greatest defensive fighter of all time pic.twitter.com/55KnItMmSq
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 15, 2019
Wow I can’t believe this!!! Somebody that I’ve always loved to watch and wanted to meet so bad and now it will never happen. SMH RIP SWEET PEA you will for ever be one of the greatest to ever lace em up.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) July 15, 2019
Oh no, no, no... Sweet Pea was one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up gloves. Waking up to this news just has me GUTTED. #Boxing has lost one of its best and I’ve lost a friend. Loved him. No matter what he was going through, Pete had a great heart. #ripsweetpea pic.twitter.com/un90hPmIO6
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) July 15, 2019
Rest easy, Sweet pea.
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) July 15, 2019
After retirement, Pernell began training fighters; most famous Calvin Brock and Zab Judah.