1989-02-18 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Greg Haugen, The Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, USA - IBF
1989-02-18 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Greg Haugen, The Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, USA - IBF. Referee: Al Rothenberg. Scorecards: 120-107, 120-107, 118-109. Piling up points with the southpaw jab from the opening bell, while banging in body shots and combinations for good measure, Whitaker (134½) made sure of taking the title this time round after failing in his previous contest against Haugen (134). Round after round saw Haugen’s head being knocked back by the jab and in the sixth he was forced to take the mandatory ‘eight’ count after a right-hand counter momentarily dropped him. Although Haugen was game he just didn’t know how to handle Whitaker, who finished like a train when unloading two-handed blows to head and body to confirm his new status.