His highlight of 1991 was a win over Jorge Páez and a fight against European Champion Poli Díaz that ended in another win. Rovonda Whitaker Meet Mrs. Rovonda Whitaker, formerly known as Rovonda Anthony; she is the ex-wife of former professional boxer Pernell Whitaker. They were all elected in their first year of eligibility. He finished his professional career with an official record of 40-4-1 (17 knockouts). But since we can’t seem to keep Pete out of the boxing ring, I guess this is the best place.”, Dan Duva, Whitaker’s fight promoter in a statement before their wedding said: “They got the idea after they saw (sports commentator) Ahmad Rashad propose to his girlfriend two weeks ago. $5 Million. Whitaker also became the head trainer of former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah,[28] who defeated Kaizer Mabuza in March 2011 to win the vacant IBF welterweight title. Pernell Whitaker had an emerging amateur boxing career that started at the age of 9 years. Hurtado had Whitaker down on all the judges scorecards going into the 11th round: Hurtado scored flash knockdowns against Whitaker in rounds 1 and 6, and Whitaker had a point deducted in the 9th round for hitting Hurtado behind the head. As an amateur, Whitaker won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 1982 World Championships, followed by gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympics. R.I.P Pernell Whitaker pic.twitter.com/FRGDPNMyun, — Undefeated Podcast (@podundefeated) July 15, 2019. In 2010, Whitaker was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, honoring those who have contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia. [18][19][20], For his part, De La Hoya wasn't too pleased with his own performance against Whitaker and had hinted at a possible rematch to prove that he could do better against him. On July 14th, 2019, Pernell was crossing the street in Virginia Beach, at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road, when he was struck by a vehicle. He ultimately died of injuries he’d sustained from the accident. Pernell Whitaker was born on January 2nd, 1964 and died on July 14th, 2019. He later trained young prospect Joel Julio. In his next fight on March 4, 1995, Whitaker added Julio César Vásquez's WBA super welterweight title to his collection. In a 1985 article by UPI, Anthony said: “I always wanted a church wedding. Whitaker would fight nine times in the Scope arena during his career. On March 6, 1993, he decisioned Buddy McGirt to become the Lineal and WBC Welterweight Champion. On July 14, 2019, Whitaker was crossing the street in Virginia Beach, at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. He was the son of Raymond Whitaker and his wife was Novella. Pernell married Rovanda Anthony on December 21, 1985, in the boxing ring at the Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center and this couple four children together: Dominique, the late Pernell Jr., Dantavious, and Devon. He currently holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history at 6 title defenses. Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. Pernell Whitaker net worth before his death is estimated to be $8 million. According to ESPN, Whitaker was not boxing on the show, but his Olympic teammates and good buddies Holyfield, Mark Breland, Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs were. In 1990, he defended his Lightweight title against future champion Freddie Pendleton and Super Featherweight Champion Azumah Nelson of Ghana. Whitaker also had a daughter, Tiara, from a prior relationship. The decision was highly controversial, with most feeling that Whitaker had won the fight with something to spare. According to reports, Pernell Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle. He broke his clavicle in round four and was forced to retire; at the time of the stoppage Whitaker was trailing in all the judges' scorecards by 28-29. Hurtado gave Whitaker all he could handle and then some. Whitaker was awarded an official knockdown in the 9th round and, according to CompuBox stats, outlanded De La Hoya in overall punches and connect percentage, using the jab as his primary weapon; but De La Hoya threw and landed almost twice as many power punches and had a slightly higher power punch connect percentage than Whitaker, which may have been the key factor in De La Hoya winning by a disputed unanimous decision.