Pernell Whitaker

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Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker
Class of 2007
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Pernell Whitaker
Alias: Sweet Pea
Born: 1964-01-02
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 6″   /   168cm
Reach: 69″   /   175cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Shelly Finkel
Trainers: George Benton and Lou Duva

Pernell Whitaker Photo Gallery

Amateur Achievements

1984 Los Angeles Olympics
  • Amateur Record: 201-14
  • 1982 National AAU Lightweight Champion. Results:
  • Lightweight Silver Medalist for the United States at the 1982 World Championships in Munich, Germany. Results:
    • Ismaldi Pineda (Colombia) W 3 (5-0)
    • Christopher Ossai (Nigeria) W 3 (3-2)
    • Hussein Khalili (Kenya) W 3 (5-0)
    • Milivoj Labudovic (Yugoslavia) W 3 (5-0)
    • Angel Herrera (Cuba) L 3 (2-3)
  • Lightweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracus, Venezuela. Results:
  • Lightweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Results:

Championship Record

Sports Illustrated: October 10, 1994

Minor & Regional Titles

Awards & Recognition


  • Whitaker is often called Pete by his family and friends. When he was an amateur, they would chant "Sweet Pete" during his bouts. A local newspaper reporter misheard the chant and wrote that the crowd was chanting "Sweet Pea." After it appeared in the newspaper, the "Sweet Pea" nickname stuck.
  • Whitaker trained Zab Judah for his fights with Kaizer Mabuza and Amir Khan.

Preceded by:
Greg Haugen
IBF Lightweight Champion
1989 Feb 18 – 1992
Succeeded by:
Freddie Pendleton
Preceded by:
Julio Cesar Chavez
WBC Lightweight Champion
1989 Aug 20 – 1992
Succeeded by:
Miguel Angel Gonzalez
Preceded by:
Juan Nazario
WBA Lightweight Champion
1990 Aug 11 – 1992
Succeeded by:
Joey Gamache
Preceded by:
Rafael Pineda
IBF Light Welterweight Champion
1992 Jul 18 – 1993
Succeeded by:
Charles Murray
Preceded by:
James (Buddy) McGirt
WBC Welterweight Champion
1993 Mar 6 – 1997 Apr 12
Succeeded by:
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by:
Julio Cesar Vasquez
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
1995 Mar 4 – 1995
Succeeded by:
Carl Daniels