Pernell Whitaker, widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive boxers of all time, just died after being hit by a car
Pernell Whitaker, widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive boxers of all time, has died after being hit by a vehicle. He was 55.
Police in Virginia Beach said Whitaker was killed as he traversed the road at an intersection on Sunday night.” When policemen arrived on representation they pinpointed an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle. The casualty succumbed to his injuries on the stage ,” a Virginia Beach Police Department spokesman said in the following statement.” The move of the vehicle remained on scene with police .”
Whitaker was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, and was a champion in four load years: lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. The American was known as a splendid defensive boxer with countless dissidents struggling to lay a hand on him. He retired in 2001 after three defeats in his final four fights with but he was in his prime in the 80 s and 90 s. He too triumphed a golden medal as a lightweight at the 1984 Olympics.
He was a successful trainer after his retirement though he became involved in an ugly dispute with his mother over coin in recent years. His youngest son, Devon, described his father as a” cool person” on Monday.
” That’s all I can say about him ,” he told the Virginian Pilot newspaper.” I can’t really say how I’m feeling because I’m feeling scandalized. I’m still trying to process everything that’s going on. But he was a cool guy .”