1993-03-06 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Buddy McGirt, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC

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1993-03-06 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Buddy McGirt, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC. Referee: Larry Hazzard. Scorecards: 117-111, 115-113, 115-114. Having gone reasonably well for the opening six rounds against Whitaker (146¼), it could be seen that the champion was struggling with an old injury to his left arm and the punches that had kept him in contention up until then, the left hook and jab, were going to be at a premium from there on. Without the injury it would have been difficult for McGirt (147) to beat the highly-skilled southpaw, at that moment it was bordering on the impossible. Although McGirt managed to stay in the fight, it was reckoned by the end of the ninth he would need a knockout to retain his title and while he won two of the remaining three sessions he never came close to stopping Whitaker.