VIRGINIA – Former US world champion Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to police.
He was 55.
Whitaker was a world champion in four divisions – WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight.
He retired in 2001 after compiling a 40-4-1 record, including 17 knockouts, and later worked as a trainer.
A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Whitaker was named boxer of the year by Ring magazine in 1989.