Sweet Pea Dies: Pernell Whitaker Wiki, Bio, Age, Wife(Rovanda Anthony), Net Worth, Twitter, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Pernell Whitaker Wiki

Pernell Whitaker Wiki

Pernell Whitaker also is known as Sweet Pea, was an American professional boxer. The late former US world champion nicknamed ‘Sweet Pea’ was struck in Virginia Beach, according to police. 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 Early Career

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 Whitaker Professional career

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 Whitaker Work for Boxing

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 Net Worth

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

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

Whitaker married Rovanda Anthony in the boxing ring at Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center in December 1985.

Pernell Whitaker Children

The couple had four children together and later divorced. He also had another daughter from a previous relationship.

Pernell Whitaker Accident

Authorities responded to reports of an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road just after 10.04pm Sunday.

Officers found the man who had been struck by a car and was seriously injured. He later died, and a family member confirmed the victim was Whitaker, WTKR reported.

Police Investigation Reports and Pernell Whitaker Cause of Death

Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death.

Pernell Whitaker Death

Police in Virginia Beach said Whitaker was killed as he crossed the road at an intersection on Sunday night. “When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene,” a Virginia Beach Police Department spokesman said in a statement. “The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police.”

Pernell Whitaker died Sunday, July 14, 2019, after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, according to media reports from local news source News 3 WTKR. He was 55. A family member confirmed to News 3 that Whitaker died in the crash.


Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • American boxing great Pernell Whitaker was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach  
  • He was a world champion in four divisions and retired from boxing in 2001  
  • Whitaker is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and tributes poured in
  • Floyd Mayweather had a picture taken with 55-year-old two days before death 



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