Sweet Pea Pernell Whitaker Wiki, Bio, Age, Wife, Kids, Cause of Death, Net Worth, Family, Parents, Height, Obituary and Funeral

Pernell Whitaker Biography – Pernell Whitaker Wiki

Pernell Whitaker also known as Sweet Pea, was an American professional boxer. He famously started boxing at age 9 and had an extensive amateur career prior to compiling a stellar professional record of 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts.

Pernell Whitaker boxed for 17 years and held titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight. He made a name for himself by defeating Luis Ortiz to win the gold medal for the United States at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Pernell was widely considered the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world during the mid-1990s as he racked up a 40-1-1 mark before losing his welterweight titles to rising star Oscar De La Hoya on April 12, 1997. Whitaker would never officially win another fight and retired four years later.

Pernell, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame who was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine in 1989 and still holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign with six defenses, began training fighters in his retirement, most famously heavyweight title contender Calvin Brock and former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah.

Pernell Whitaker Age

Pernell Whitaker was born on January 2, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. He died on July 14, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 55 years old.

Pernell Whitaker Wife

Pernell Whitaker married his wife Rovanda Anthony on December 21, 1985 in the boxing ring at the Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center. The couple later divorced.

Pernell Whitaker Children

Pernell and his wife Rovanda Anthony had four children together: Dominique, the late Pernell Jr., Dantavious, and Devon. Whitaker also had a daughter, Tiara, from a prior relationship.

Pernell Whitaker Death – Pernell Whitaker Cause of Death

Pernell Whitaker died on July 14, 2019 after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Celebrity Deaths 2019

Following Pernell Whitaker’s death, celebrities from around sports, including boxing, paid tribute to Whitaker on social media.


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Former world champion Frank Bruno wrote, “So sorry to hear of the passing of a defensive genius and one of the all time greats, Pernell Whittaker. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with his family & close ones. #sweetpea.”

Earvin Magic Johnson wrote on Twitter, “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!”

He added in another tweet, “Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was in the class of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard as one of the most entertaining fighters in my lifetime. I’m praying for his family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace my friend.”

ESPN’s Max Kellerman wrote, “The best lightweight I ever saw passed away today. Yes, that includes Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather, Ike Williams, and anyone else you want to mention. RIP Pernell Whitaker.”

Pernell Whitaker Net Worth

Pernell Whitaker’s net worth was estimated to be $5 million at the time of his death in 2019.

Pernell Whitaker Height

Pernell stood at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).

Pernell Whitaker Nationality

Pernell was of American nationality.

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