Pernell Whitaker vs. Wilfredo Rivera (2nd meeting)

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1996-09-20 : Pernell Whitaker 147 lbs beat Wilfredo Rivera 147 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


  • The rematch between Whitaker and Rivera was mandated by the WBC because the first fight ended with a disputed decision.
  • Whitaker's purse was $1.5 million and Rivera's was $300,000.
  • Whitaker was ruled down in the fifth round after Rivera landed a body shot, but it looked more as if Whitaker tripped over Rivera's left foot.
  • Rivera was penalized a point in the sixth round for a low blow. Later in the round, he was knocked down by a straight left to the chin.
  • Whitaker landed 266 of 616 punches (43%) and Rivera connected on 201 of 897 (22%).
  • HBO judge Harold Lederman scored the fight 116-109 for Whitaker.