Pernell Whitaker vs. Wilfredo Rivera (1st meeting)

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1996-04-12 : Pernell Whitaker 147 lbs beat Wilfredo Rivera 147 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

Notes

  • Whitaker was a 5-2 favorite.
  • Rivera was rated #1 by the WBC.
  • Whitaker and Rivera fought before 1,000 invited casino guests on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
  • Whitaker landed 187 of 511 punches (37%) and Rivera connected on 193 of 686 (28%).
  • HBO judge Harold Lederman scored the fight 115-113 for Rivera.
  • Michael Katz of the New York Daily News scored the fight 116-113 for Whitaker.
  • Whitaker blamed his poor performance on the flu.