Pernell Whitaker vs. Santos Cardona
1994-04-09 : Pernell Whitaker 147 lbs beat Santos Cardona 146½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
- Referee: Al Rothenberg
- Judge: Francisco Manzano 119-109
- Judge: Larry O'Connell 119-111
- Judge: Jim Traylor 119-109
- World Boxing Council Welterweight Title (2nd defense by Whitaker)
From The New York Times:
Pernell Whitaker scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Santos Cardona tonight before a crowd of 7,868 here at the Scope in his hometown. It was Whitaker's first fight since his hotly debated draw with Julio Cesar Chavez in September.
Whitaker (33-1-1) danced on the rare occasions Cardona closed in on him, but generally the World Boxing Council welterweight champion was not compelled to run or hide from the top-ranked challenger. Whitaker threw a strong mix of body and head shots from the outset, but Cardona (29-4) was able to counter with enough shots to cause a little puffiness below Whitaker's right eye by the sixth round. Cardona has been knocked out just once in his 33-fight career and his strong chin was in evidence against Whitaker.
The bout, however, proved to be the expected showcase for Whitaker, whose superior vision, concentration and movement were constantly on display and whose adoring fans exploded at his periodic flurries.