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Wherever you are in the world, whatever time it may be where you are in the world Um, it does come with a somber heart to be able to have to report this story on a next champion.
Um, this one is hard.
This this does hit the combat sports community the boxing community very, very, very hard.
But this is important.
That says all this also, this also hates my hometown of the whole DnB area.
But really, Virginia, uh, this It's hard to home for me because this was a true boxing legend, not just a boxing legend, but a Virginia legend. A.
D and C, B, C and Virginia don't know true d M V, alleging so it does come with a heavy heart to be able to report this, to have to report this, um Purnell.
Sweet Pea Whitaker, a longtime pound for pound king and one of the greatest boxers in history, was killed Sunday night when he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the age of 55.
The Virginia Beach Police Department said the incident remains an active investigation, but that Um Whitaker was apparently hit by a vehicle around 10 p.
Sunday when he was walking at an intersection.
When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle.
The victim succumb to his injuries on the scene, Virginia Beach Police Department spokesman L.
Um Bader said in a statement.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police.
Known as Sweet Pea, Whitaker, a South Paul North folk Virginian, was revered as perhaps the best defensive fighter in history.
as his slick moves and confounded opponent at as his slick moves confounded opponent after a pony.
Whitaker, who was elected into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 won world titles in four you weight classes.
He was the undisputed lightly world champion and also won titles titles at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.
As one of the dominant forces in boxing for much of the 19 eighties and 19 nineties, he won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
Whitaker youngest son, Devon Whitaker told the Virginia Pilot newspaper that his dad was a cool guy.
That's all I could say about him, he told the newspaper.
I can't really say how are feeling because I'm feeling shocked.
I'm still trying to process everything that's going on.
But he was a cool guy.
Main events promoter Kathy Cuba, whose company promoted Whitaker throughout his career and remain close Whitaker after his retirement, also mourn his death.
The love for no I love for now.
I love Purnell Whitaker Whitaker and he loved me and there was no doubt Juve, whose late husband Dan signed Whittaker out of the amateurs along with several 1984 U.
S Olympians told ESPN he what he was.
This person who was only comfortable in the ring, he had demons.
But when he was in the ring, that was when he was in control and when he was happy and when he was and when he was the very best at what he did and wanted to show that to everybody.
Whitaker, 40 four one 17 Keough's may have had four losses in a draw on his record, but to many, he truly on Lee lost twice.
I must speak on Sunnis in the final two bouts of his career, a one sides of one sided decision.
So then prime waltz away world title title holder Felix Trinidad and 1/4 round stoppage lost to Carlos uh, Bora quiz when Whitaker suffered a broken clavicle, only two only too true losses.
He did suffer a split decision loss for a light world title to Jose Luis Ramirez in 1988 and the loss of his waltz weight belt to Oscar De La Hoya in 1997 were highly controversial.
Now that now I remember, I remember that one quick, really quick change it.
I'll get back to you on a path with the article, um, that day.
Definite controversial, he for sure What Bailey has asked, Um, And then he had a draw.
Uh, and and then the draw he was saddled with against Julio sees our top Julio Cesar Chavez Sr on March 12th 1993.
Job as the reigning junior welterweight titlists at the time moved up and moved up in weight to challenge Whitaker for his waltz wait world title before some 65,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and a showdown for pound for pound supreme Asi Whitaker appeared to win handily.
But while one judge scores the fight once, it seemed 1 13 for Whitaker to other scored it 1 15 1 15 resulting in a majority draw that remains perhaps the most controversial decision in boxing history.
The cover of Sports Illustrated days later showed a photo of Whitaker landing a punch with a headline Robbed.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that it would better would fly.
It's flags at half staff and Whitaker's memory as should be from Olympic gold.
Two world champions in four weight divisions.
Purnell Sweet Pea Whitaker was one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, said Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy.
Everyone at the Hall of Fame joins the boxing community a mourning his passing and offer our condolences.
Suis family one second, please.
Longtime friend, Olympic teammate and former heavyweight world champion of Vander Holyfield Sweetie.
As great as Whitaker.
Word. I'm sorry.
I am saddened to learn of my good friend, an Olympic teammate Purnell Whitaker's all untimely passing last night.
We share so many great memories.
He was small and statue.
I get so big and heart and skills inside the ring, there will never be another like him.
He will truly be missed.
Whitaker was many often wondered how much greater he could have been without the drug addiction that played him throughout his career.
His problem's contained in retirement, and he survived a cocaine overdose in 2002 and convicted of cocaine possession.
He had a lot of problems outside the ring, and those problems probably cut his career short.
Do I said he was far from a perfect person and a pain in the ass at times, but I still loved him.
He was one of the greatest boxer of all time.
There's no doubt Whitaker trained by the long time Whitaker, trained by the long time team of Beauvois and George, bitten and managed by Shelly Finkel, won his first world title at lightweight by outpointing Greg Hogged it bye bye bye, Greg hogging in 1989 2 fights later, Whittaker would avenge the draw against Ramirez by winning a unanimous decision to retain the title During his lightweight title reign, Whitaker also defeated fellow future Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson.
My clear decision and then stop Juan of Audio by a rare first round knockout to become the undisputed champion.
Whitaker, who made his professional debut on ABC with several of his Olympic teammates at massive Square Garden in New York and eventually became a staple on HBO, moved up the junior welterweight in 1992 and outpointed Rafael Pineda to win a night to win 100 40 pound world title in 1993.
In the fight after the mega fight, which shot is Ryker nosh the first Whitaker notched the first of his two decision wins over Hall of Famer James Buddy McGirt to win welterweight world title, which he would defend eight times before losing it today.
LaToya Purnell Purnell Whitaker was beautiful both as a fighter and as a human being, HBO, which was his longtime television home broadcasting 19 of his fights, said in a statement.
And artists in the Ring Sweetpea appeared on our world championship boxing platform for a decade from 1992 99.
What a beautiful, illustrious career I gotta say.
Giving fans many unforgettable moments hit his his is a Hall of Fame legacy, which we are forever grateful to call our own heritage.
They say it, Huh? Purnell is passing is a great loss.
We send our condolences to his family as well his extended family at main events throughout the boxing community, Delahoya also paid tribute to his rival.
I'm deeply saddened by the loss of this great champion who gave us tremendous amount of joy to those who watched him, Delahoya, now chairman of Golden Boy Promotions, said in a statement.
It was an honor to share the ring with him in terms of his defense and ring.
General General ship Purnell Whitaker was the best fighter that I ever thought On behalf of everyone golden boy, we send our prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
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During his welterweight rain, Whitaker made a one fight jump to junior middleweight and outpointed Julio Cesar.
Vast plays in 1995 to win to win a title, then his fourth division, giving one side follow the loss of daily volume.
Audrey has three but tested positive for cocaine, and the result was changed to a no decision.
16 months later, Whitaker return.
But he was a shell of himself against Trinidad as an amateur.
Whitaker, wait, who 01 went, went swinging 1 14 and not on.
Lee took home gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, but also won gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and silver medal at the 1982 World Champions World Championships when he was only 18 80 years old.
Story is a time that Whittaker dabbled as a trainer and remained close to do Law and er staff at main events they would bring him.
They would bring him to the events of scheduling for personal appearances and autograph signs.
He always brightened my day.
He was very little to our family, said Duva.
He recounted who recount the story of Mitt of Whitaker's unusual wedding to ex white Ravana Anthony on December 21st 1985 in Virginia Beach Main events was promoting a card at the Virginia Beach Pavilion convention Center.
Whitaker was not boxing on the show, but his Olympic teammates and good buddies Holy Philip and Mark Bree Ling, Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs work so help promote the event.
Main Events wants a Whitaker who was popular in the in the region with the idea of having him and Bravada wed in the ring in front of the crowd after to show how cute.
Right? We thought, Hey, here's an idea, but we can't actually do that, can we? Lost said.
But we said we could ask him right? He jumped at it, and bravado loved it.
Also, after the fights, we dropped the ropes and they got married in the ring.
We ended paying for the wedding and had the reception after the show at the fight Hotel.
Whitaker is survived by 34 children.
They had together.
Purnell Jr died a few days ago and daughter from and a daughter from a previous relationship as well.
No word on on the DP third at this time, Um, or on the other of the they have four kids.
Um, in this article here by ESPN, they mentioned to me it appears nonetheless very sad.
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It's the International Boxing Hall of Fame in styles of 61 world titles in four weight classes.
Maryland Virginia legend.
True Virginia Beach legend.
As as a hometown boy, My heart goes out heavy to him, and his family is so when they grew up in martial arts that grew up in boxing.
Um, in just the conflict, the combat sports world in general.
My heart goes out to all of his close friends and extended family throughout the support his coaches, his training staff is promoting staff agents.
So on and so forth it's never easy And what, you know myself and other streamers and other analysts.
Another sportscasters and youtubers dude, it's never It always comes heavy to report things like face, whether it's the death of a player or the end of a career, whether it be a case that a player is going through.
But I, like Treat said, Here are sportscaster check legends never die.
Legends never die.
My thoughts, my prayers.
My heart goes out to you, sweet pea and your family and those that were close to you.
And so everyone in the the D. C.
Maryland Virginia area that is mourning their loss today.
Where I'm from, we don't get a lot of legends to be able to look up to.
And you were one of the greats, as proven by your record has proven by the great things that you did in the memories that you left us.
We appreciate you for all that you've done.
And I just want to state, um from the Rum boy's fantasy sports network to your families, your student family to all your friends, anyone that you've ever possibly impacted.
This shot is for you.
Legends never die.
This one is for you.
Her now, Sweet pea Whitaker H room.
Do you know the legend and a true boxing legend, huh? Dilly dilly.
I'm gonna go with anything else.
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