1989-08-20 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Jose Luis Ramirez, The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - IBF/WBC
1989-08-20 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Jose Luis Ramirez, The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Chris Wollesen. Scorecards: 117-111, 120-109, 120-108. On Julio Cesar Chavez handing back the WBC belt, Whitaker (134¾), the current IBF champion, was matched against Ramirez (134) to decide both titles. Giving a masterful display of boxing against his fellow southpaw, Whitaker dominated the fight with a brilliant right jab and speedy combinations before pulling away to leave Ramirez punching shadows. At times Whitaker was almost punch perfect, while the dogged Mexican continued to come forward, doing better in the eighth, ninth and 12th rounds as the former tired. It was a master-class performance by Whitaker against the resilient Ramirez and one that marked him among the best at the weight for a long time.