1996-09-20 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Wilfredo Rivera, Hyatt Regency Knight Centre, Miami, Florida, USA - WBC

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1996-09-20 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Wilfredo Rivera, Hyatt Regency Knight Centre, Miami, Florida, USA - WBC. Referee: Frank Santore Jr. Scorecards: 113-112, 115-111, 115-113. Showing signs that he was beginning to slow up a bit the southpaw champion elected to slug it out with Rivera (147) at times, nearly paying the price, especially in the fifth when he was dropped. Quickly back on his feet Whitaker (147) went after Rivera in the sixth, and after the latter had been docked a point for going low he was floored by a cracking left counter moments later. Rivera had soaked up a lot of punishment in that session, but was soon back on course. By the tenth, after Whitaker had slowed, the Puerto Rican came on strong to win three of the last four rounds. Despite it not being enough it showed that Whitaker was not the fighter he once was, and, at 32 years of age, would struggle once his legs gave up on him.

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