Pernell Whitaker, one of the greatest boxers in history, was killed Sunday night when he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Known as “Sweet Pea,” Whitaker, a southpaw from Norfolk, Virginia, as perhaps the best defensive fighter in history as his slick moves. Whitaker was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, won world titles in four weight classes. He was the undisputed lightweight world champion and also won titles at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight as one of the dominant forces in boxing for much of the 1980s and 1990s. He won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
Whitaker professional record was (40-4-1, 17 KOs).
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that it would fly its flags at half-staff in Whitaker’s memory.