Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker

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Pernell Whitaker (born January 2, 1964), nicknamed "Sweet Pea", is a professional boxing trainer and retired American professional boxer. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Whitaker was the lightweight silver medalist at the 1982 World Championships, followed by the gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympics, and 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 the former WBA World Light Middleweight champion, WBC World Welterweight champion, the IBF World Light Welterweight Champion, the WBC World Lightweight Champion, the WBA World Lightweight Champion, the IBF World Lightweight Champion and the NABF Lightweight Champion.

After his retirement, Whitaker returned into the world of boxing as a trainer. Among his boxers there 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

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...
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