Pernell Whitaker vs. Farrain Comeaux

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1984-11-15 : Pernell Whitaker 134½ lbs beat Farrain Comeaux 134 lbs by TKO at 2:50 in round 2 of 6

  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Joe Santarpia

Judge: Harold Lederman
Judge: Tony Castellano

Notes

  • There was a crowd of 19,000 at Madison Square Garden to see U.S. Olympians Pernell Whitaker, Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland, Meldrick Taylor, Tyrell Biggs and Virgil Hill make their professional debuts.
  • The card was called "Night of Gold."
  • The bouts were shown live in primetime on ABC.
  • Whitaker, the 1984 Olympic lightweight gold medalist, made $75,000.
  • Comeaux's record was announced as 10-0 with 6 KOs.
  • Following the loss to Whitaker, Comeaux did not fight again for 14 months. He returned to the ring with a win in January of 1986 but retired after losing his next two fights.

Bout Summary

Whitaker completely outclassed Comeaux, hammering him with big shots and rarely missing. Midway through the opening round, Whitaker caught Comeaux with a straight left as he was preparing to throw a left hook. Comeaux was knocked off balance and spun around in the center of the ring. As the round concluded, Comeaux was backed into a corner and received a beating that, to his credit, would have sent many down for the count. Whitaker continued to pick his shots and pound Comeaux in the second round. Late in the round, Whitaker finished a three punch combination with a right hook on the button and then sent Comeaux into the ropes with a left. As Whitaker moved in, the referee waved an end to the bout as it was clear Comeaux was unable to protect himself.

According to an experimental computer used to count punches at ringside, Whitaker threw 124 punches and landed 94, 78 of them clean shots to the head. Meanwhile, Comeaux landed only 10 of the 81 blows he launched against Whitaker, and none of them did any damage.

Comment

"Four months after winning the gold, Whitaker debuted as a professional along with fellow Olympians Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland, Meldrick Taylor, and Tyrell Biggs on a card appropriately called "Night of Gold." But it wasn't so much that Pernell disposed of his opponent—one of life's losing stuntmen who went by the name of Farrain Comeaux—in two, as that he outshone the other four, putting on a display of moves unseen since the heyday of Willie Pep." - Bert Sugar in his book Boxing's Greatest Fighters. [1]