Former boxing champion Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in the US.
Social media reacts to the loss of 'Sweet Pea' 📲♥ pic.twitter.com/EtTwhUoDM8— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 15, 2019
The 55‑year‑old, who won gold at the Olympics in 1984, was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever.
Whitaker was a world champion in four divisions ‑ WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight.
I’m truly lost for words to hear Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is no longer with us. He was a flawless fighter. Condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/pZZEceN7h2— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 15, 2019
The American retired in 2001 before working as a trainer.
He fought as a professional 46 times, winning 40 of those fights ‑ 17 by knockout.
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