The American boxer Pernell Whitaker, exchampeón of the world and great rival of the Spanish Poli Díaz, to which he defeated in 1991, passed away the last night when being run over by a car in the locality of Virginia Beach (Virginia, USA). As reported by the Virginia Beach Police Department, Whitaker, 55, died in the same scene of the accident as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident, which occurred at 10 pm on Sunday. Always according to the same police source, "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, as he was known affectionately in the world of boxing, walked down the street and one of the crossings happened the outrage.
"When the agents arrived on the scene, they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle, and the victim died at the scene of the accident because of the injuries he had suffered," said the spokesman for the Virginia Police Department. Beach, L.M. Bauder, in a statement. "The driver of the vehicle that hit Whitaker remained at the scene with the police," the report adds.
Whitaker, a left-handed boxer from Norfolk (Virginia), was considered the best defensive player in boxing history, thanks to the great speed and variety of movements he always used on the ring, making it very difficult for his rivals to reach him The hits. In Whitaker's hometown of Norfolk, on July 27, 1991, the fight against Poli Díaz was contested, in which the American brought into play his three lightweight belts, the International Federation (IBF), the World Council (WBC) and the World Association (WBA).
The "Potro de Vallecas", who arrived undefeated to the appointment after 32 bouts, lost by points to twelve rounds, by unanimous decision of the judges. Poli Díaz was knocked down in the seventh round. The ex-champion of the deceased world, who in 2006 entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame, won world titles in four different weight categories. Having been the undisputed world lightweight champion, he earned junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight titles as one of the dominant forces in boxing for much of the 80s and 90s. Whitaker also won a Gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games.
Whitaker's youngest son, Devon Whitaker, told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper that his father was a "great guy." "That's all I can say about him," he told the newspaper. "I can not really say how I feel because I feel shocked, I'm still trying to process everything that's going on, but he was a great guy."
For her part, Kathy Duva, the promoter of Main Events, a company that Whitaker always works with, since Lou Duva, Kathy's father, was her coach and representative, she declared through the ESPN television network that she was shocked. "I loved PW and he loved me, there was no doubt," said Kathy Duva. "It was this person who was only comfortable in the ring, he had weaknesses (problems with addictions), but when he was in the ring, it was when he got control, he felt happy and showed everyone to be the best at what he was doing."
From 1984, Whitaker made 46 fights with a 40-4-1-1 record and 17 wins achieved via K.O.., being a true executioner for the Latin American fighters with stellar clashes against the Puerto Rican Wilfredo Rivera, whom he defeated twice. But he could not overcome the duel against Oscar De La Hoya who starred on April 12, 1997, in Las Vegas, where he lost by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
The last two fights of his career were defeats against Puerto Rican Felix "Tito" Trinidad (1999) by unanimous decision with the welterweight title, version of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in play. He played his last fight as a professional in 2001, without any title in play against the Mexican Carlos Bojorquez, who defeated him by K.O. technician in the fourth round of the bout scheduled to 10